Most Recent Book Title
African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century
Book Description
Sitting just south of the nation's capital, Alexandria has a long and storied history. Still, little is known of Alexandria's twentieth-century African American community. Experience the harrowing narratives of trials and triumph as Alexandria's African Americans helped to shape not only their hometown but also the world around them. Rutherford Adkins became one of he first black fighter pilots as a Tuskegee Airman. Samuel Tucker, a twenty-six-year-old lawyer, organized and fought for Alexandria to share its wealth of knowledge with the African American community by opening its libraries to all colors and creeds. Discover a vibrant past that, through this record, will be remembered forever as Alexandria's beacon of hope and light.
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Present – 2011: Founder and Writer for a blog/website called “The Other Alexandria” at
2015 – CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC blog at
2015 – African Americans’ records blog at
2013 – Co-Author of “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century”
2012 – 1998: Columnist (Char’s Corner) for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical (AAHGS) Society
2010 – 2008: Columnist for “Genie Speaks” column for the Our Heritage Magazine
2007: National Genealogical Society Newsletter (NGS) October – December 2007
2007: Eleven narratives published in Halifax County Virginia Heritage Book
2007: Contributing author to “Eyewitness to American: Virginia WPA Slave Narratives”
2006: Contributing author of a short story “Everyday Grace, Everyday Miracle”
1991-1999: Founder and Writer of a Family newsletter
1990s: Articles in the AAHGS Journal and the Halifax County Newspapers in Virginia
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Author bio
Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has been a genealogist since 1981; she has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few and documentaries. She has received numerous awards in 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy. Char became a 2014 Living Legend in Alexandria, VA. She was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She is doing an advance study in genealogy at the University of Toronto. She is co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.”

Professional Speaker Topics
Monthly genealogical lectures and tours in Alexandria, VA(ongoing)
Quarterly lectures/presentations in the DC Metropolitan area (ongoing)
Thomson F. Mason’s Huntley Farm’s Spring Festival lecture/presentation (2015)
Department of Justice – Black History Genealogy Lecture (2015)
Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference Lectures/presentation (2015)
Bernice Bennett’s Blog Radio Genealogical Interview (2015)
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society lectures/presentations in Fairfax, VA (2014)
Regional F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD on Genealogical Topic (2014)
Ohio Genealogical Society lectures/presentations in Cleveland, OH (2014)
A National Genealogical lecture/presentation in Indiana
A National Genealogical lecture/presentation in Salt Lake, UT
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Baltimore, MD
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Prince George’s County, MD
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Roanoke, VA
National Genealogical lecture/presentation in Richmond, VA
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Prince William County, VA
National Genealogical lecture/presentation in Washington, DC
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Pittsburgh, PA
Genealogical lecture/presentation in Philadelphia, PA
Book signing/lecture on my short story from “Everyday Grace, Everyday Miracle,”
Lecture to Alexandria’s Parker-Gray School Alumni Society
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

"If you can believe, you can succeed"

1 Comment

  1. Cynthia Bell

    I am African American and completed research on my paternal side of the family that resided in Maryland. I created a book “The Lee-Offutt Family Tree.” I sent the book to the Library of Congress in an attempt to obtain a copyright on the book. I have three Family Tree Charts which provides information on those ancestors who were enslaved and their owners which I believe to be unique. However, the Library of Congress states I cannot copyright any of the Family Tree Charts because in their words “While the charts may contain data (names, dates, etc.) that is unique to your family, the charts themselves are formatted in a basic and familiar way and are not copyrightable.”

    Is this true or am I not explaining my family tree correctly?

    Thank You!

    Cynthia Bell


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