Alexandrian Carolyn Philips McCrae knew that Gaines and Hodge, the two names etched into the pages of her 19th-century Bible, hinted at her family roots, but she didn’t know how to go further. She’d hit a brick wall.
Raised mostly by her babysitter because her mother, a Hodge, worked and her father had died, McCrae was in the dark but curious about the shape of her family tree.
Out of ideas, she brought the book to genealogist Char McCargo Bah, who regarded it more as the first step to uncovering history and less as a brick wall. It was a clue.
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