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Noted Genealogist Char McCargo Bah Launches New Reader-Interactive Column

Char McCargo Bah

ALEXANDRIA, VA- Starting the week of October 28, 2019, a new column will debut in the Zebra, called “Ask Genie Char.” Noted genealogist Char McCargo Bah will cover topics related to researching your family’s ancestry. The online bi-weekly column is designed to encourage readers to participate by asking the columnist questions. All questions will be answered in the on-line column. Selections from the on-line column will appear in the monthly newspaper.

Have a Veteran You Want Researched?

As you know, November 11th is Veterans Day. Many families have at least one person in their family who has served in the military, whether it was a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, uncle or aunt. It’s a great way, to celebrate Veterans Day by researching your family and the contributions they made to our country. The very first topic on this column will be on veterans. If you have any questions you would like answered about researching military records or military wars, please e-mail your question to Char and the answer will appear in the on-line edition of the Zebra.

Who is Char?

Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC , and has over 38 years of genealogical research experience. She is also a retired Federal Financial Policy Writer. She has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services, documentaries, just to name a few.

More: An Interview with Char McCargo Bah

In her genealogical career, she completed a documentary in 2017 on the first African American NBA player. She received numerous awards in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy. She is currently on contract with the City of Alexandria as a genealogist on a housing project in locating descendants. Char was also the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She became a “Living Legend of Alexandria” in 2014.

Bah is the author of “Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom” and the co-author of, “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” She is a freelance writer for the Alexandria Gazette where she has a column “The Other Alexandria,” on local history articles on Alexandria’s African Americans.

In celebrating Veterans Day in November, feel free to send your military research questions to “Ask Genie Char.” Your questions and answers will appear in the first edition of “Ask Genie Char” column, the week of October 28st. In launching this new column, Char hopes to engage you in researching your family and learn more about your past. You can submit your questions to [email protected].


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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