African American Woman Owned Business

Char McCargo Bah, CEO/Owner, Professional Genealogist/Independent Historian/Writer

Char McCargo Bah,
CEO/Owner, Freelance Writer, Professional Genealogist/Independent Historian/Author

As CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC, my Company can provide you with topic notch consultation on your genealogical research. Also the Company provides mentorship in genealogy. FindingThingsforU, LLC is available to teach, lecture, and provide genealogical workshops. As a certified author’s coach, my company can assist you in your writing and publishing journey.

If you are interested in our services, please click on our contact page.


Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Home


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My Second Book Writing and Researching Journey

My new book, “The Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom” will be released in January 2019. In reflecting on

Char McCargo Bah

being an author, I have started tweeting about my experience with my first book that I co-author titled, “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” You can find my “tweets” at #Char McCargo.

For the release of my second book, I will give weekly entries on this blog of my journey in writing “The Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom.” So check out this blog weekly to learn about my journey and behind the scenes of researching and writing my second book.


Posted by on August 31, 2018 in Home


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Fall Family Genealogy Fair – Montclair Community Library

A fall family genealogy fair posterThe Montclair Community is having their first “Fall Family Genealogy Fair” at Montclair Community Library located at 5049 Waterway Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025 on Saturday, October 27th. If you need additional information, contact the library at 703-792-8740 or go to their web page at If you attend, check out AAHGS’s table. I will be there with Sybil, president of James Dent Walker Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Thanks!

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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Lecture

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, I will be giving a lecture at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria, Virginia. See the press release. The topic is “Finding a Variety of Pre and Post-Civil War Records on Your Virginia Ancestor, Including Plantation Records” please see the lecture syllabus.

Also, my 2018 calendar is now open for genealogical lectures.

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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Events


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Franklin County African American Interest Group in Columbus, Ohio

Left to Right – Dr. Deborah Abbott, Char McCargo Bah, Stephanie Sparrow Hughes, and Gayle Dowdell Wilson

I was honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the Franklin County African American Interest Group 25th Anniversary Luncheon on May 6, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The invite came from President Elect, Gayle Wilson and the Anniversary Chairperson, Stephanie Sparrow Hughes.

The luncheon was a sell-out with members and their guest as well as a dozen or more members from the Cleveland, Ohio African American Genealogy Society including Dr. Deborah Abbott, Gary Franklin, President of Journey Toledo Ohio African American Genealogy Group, and

Right to left – Marlene Garrett Bransom of Pittsburgh AAHGS and Fran of the Cleveland Ohio African American Genealogy Society

Marlene Garrett Bransom, President of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in Pittsburgh, PA.

Memorable moments came when the interest group members shared with me their passion for genealogy and their love for their genealogical group. One of the members stated, “I told by husband that I am not cooking when I have my genealogy meeting. My husband looked at me and said, ‘What’?”

The President Elect, Gayle Wilson will be sworn in as president in January 2018 as the first African American president of the Franklin County Genealogy Society; and she was recently elected as a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society. If you want to know more about the event, check out their web site calendar at

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Home


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