Timothy Pinnick, BS


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Pinnick, Timothy Nathan


Timothy N. Pinnick is an accomplished researcher, popular national speaker, author of the book, Finding and Using African American Newspapers, and owner of History and Genealogy Spotlight, a business specializing in assisting libraries and individuals in identifying new and used African American books relevant to the African American research process.

Tim is the author of more than half a dozen articles, including “Using an Extended Research Project to Reconstruct a Community” which appeared in the Association for Professional Genealogists Quarterly, “Answers in African American Newspapers” written for Family Tree Magazine, “The Carnegie Medal” in NGS Magazine, and most recently coauthored “From Runaways to Reunions” in the January/February 2018 edition of Family Tree Magazine.

A lover of African American history, Pinnick delivered his historical papers at the Western Historical Association conference, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation, and the Illinois History Conference. In 2009 he returned to the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation Conference in Seattle, Washington, to deliver the keynote address.

With the exception of the inaugural year, he has been part of the teaching cadre in the course “Researching African American Ancestors” at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research. Tim accepted an assignment for the year 2013 as part of the inaugural Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute staff. There he served as an instructor in the Pre and Post Emancipation Records track.

Pinnick is affiliated with numerous historical and genealogical associations, and has served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Federation of Genealogical Societies.

He can be reached via e-mail at:  pinnick.aabooks@gmail.com.


  • Course Eleven — Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents & Advanced Tools