10:30 a.m. Tim Pinnick, "African American Veterans in the GAR"
An examination of the involvement, and extant records, of blacks in the Grand Army of the Republic, to jumpstart the research of African Americans with ties to USCT soldiers.
Tim Pinnick is the creator and webmaster of the African-American Coal Miner Information Center. He has served as newsletter editor for the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago and was the recipient of a 2005-06 Formby Research Fellowship from Texas Tech University to conduct research on African-American Coal Miners. Pinnick is the author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers (2008). He has lectured at conferences of the National Genealogical Society and the Oho Genealogical Society.
1:30 p.m. Marie Varrelman Melchiori, "But Grandma Never Carried a Gun: Locating Women by Using Records Created by the Military"
A review of various military records that can help the researcher locate information on the mothers, wives, and sisters of soldiers.
Marie Melchiori is a certified genealogist and genealogical lecturer, as well as an expert in the use of National Archives records. A researcher for over 30 years, she has been a lecturer of the National Institute on Genealogical Research since 1987 and served as its Assistant Director from 1987 to 2002. Melchiori is a charter member and former vice president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a former vice president of the Association of Professional Genealogists.