Char McCargo Bah

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.  She was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She became a “Living Legend of Alexandria in 2014.” She is the co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.”
Saturday, 1 April 2016
African-American Research – Slave Records - Char McCargo Bah
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S61) An Overview of “Reconstruction Era” Records Pertaining to African Americans: This presentation will cover a variety of records that included African Americans during the Reconstruction Era.  Areas that will be discussed will include historical background of the reconstruction era as well as highlighting the different record groups that existed during the Reconstruction period.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S62) “Reconstruction Era”: Cohabitation Records and What these Records Revealed: This presentation will discuss and demonstrate the many benefits of using the Cohabitation Records that started in the mid-1865 by the Freedmen's Bureau. These records also documented the names of slaves, their ages, their children, the names of their former owners, and the length of time the couple had cohabitated as husband and wife.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S63) “Reconstruction Era”: Southern Claims Record – What You Might Find in the Southern Claims Record: This presentation will discuss and demonstrate the many uses for the Southern Claim Records for African Americans.  In 1871 the U.S. Government created the Southern Claims Commission, an organization through which southerners could file claims for reimbursement of personal property losses due to the Civil War.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S64) “Reconstruction Era”:  Now You Are Free, You Must Pay Your Taxes – Using the Personal Tax Records During the Reconstruction Era: This presentation will demonstrate the usage of personal tax records during the “Reconstruction Era”.  African American males, age twenty-one and above, were taxed by name for the first time in 1866. By using the personal property tax record, you will see the name of the property owner, type, and quantity of property owned, and taxes paid.