Tim Pinnick Bio

Coal Dust in Your Veins: Tips, Strategies and Resources to Bring Your Coal Mining Ancestors to the Surface. There are a variety of records in print, on microfilm and online related to the coal mining experience in America. Find out what they are and where they are located, as well as learn some tips and strategies on tracking your mining ancestors.

Tim Pinnick is a lecturer and family historian with more than 17 years' overall research experience, including the major repositories, active involvement in African American coal miner research for over 10 years, creator and webmaster of the African American Coal Miner Information Center launched in the fall of 2003, editor of the African American Coal Mining Heritage newsletter which debuted in July of 2004, past newsletter editor of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC), public school teacher for 10 years (through 2002-03 school year, afterwards pursuing researching and writing full time), current newsletter editor of the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group, and recipient of a 2005-2006 Formby Research Fellowship to conduct research on African American coal miners at the Southwest collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

Recent speaking engagements include March 2006 Coal Miner conference sponsored by the Coal and Coke Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania-Fayette, Uniontown PA; October 2005 Fall Seminar of the Maryland and Virginia Genealogical Societies, Frederick MD; April 2005 Ohio Genealogical Society annual conference; February 2005 AAGSNC Rooted in History conference; February 2005 AAGHSC monthly meeting, Chicago, IL; October 2004 AAHGS National conference, Little Rock AK; and October 2004 Salute to Southern Iowa Coal Miners, Oskaloosa IA.

Last updated: April 25, 2006