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.”

Tracing an Enslaved Family to Several Slave Owners

Friday, April 3, 2020

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
F21 - Tracing an Enslaved Family to Several Slave Owners – Part I
Start with a 20th Century family
This is a four-part presentation of tracing an individual from the twentieth century back to the 18th Century. This case study will start with a 20th Century family by drafting up a basic research plan for this family, discussing their geographic location, the State/County/District histories, their family oral history, identifying their family members, obtaining their vital statistics, their family censuses in the 20th Century and identifying their family church.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
F22 - Tracing an Enslaved Family to Several Slave Owners – Part II
Tracing an Individual from the 20th century to the 19th Century
This lecture is a continuation of track I. This presentation will move from the 20th Century into the 19th Century with a new research plan and a profile (narrative) of the family. This presentation will include the 19th Century census and slave schedules. The lecture will reveal a suspect owner, confirming the suspect owner, identifying the owner’s church (mother’s church), introducing the owner’s court records (chancery records) and other supporting documents.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
F23 - Tracing an Enslaved Family to Several Slave Owners - Part III
Focus on the confirmed slave owner and his associates
This lecture is a continuation of track II. I will discuss in detail the process of developing a new research plan at different stages of your research. This plan will focus on the confirmed slave owner, his family and his associates. I will present several additional confirmed slave owners in this lecture.
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
F24 - Tracing an Enslaved Family to Several Slave Owners - Part IV
A narrative of all the research that has been found on this family
This final lecture will cover a narrative of all the research from the previous tracks. A surprise family document that was unknown by the genealogist will be shared at this presentation. However, this document opened up a darker part of this family history and revealed lost relatives in another State. These relatives’ descendants were located without the use of DNA.