Genealogy Adventures

S04 E33 How Did Formerly Enslaved Families Choose Their Surnames?

How newly freed enslaved families chose their surnames is one of the most popular questions we see on genealogy research groups on Facebook. It’s such a common question we decided we needed to do a show on the topic.

The ways our freed ancestors came to choose a family identity through a surname are as numerous as our individual family histories. From biological birthright to a relationship with an enslaving family to acts of rebellion to seemingly randomly-chosen names – there is a story of how our ancestors’ sense of identity in the form of a family name they chose to use.

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