How did formerly enslaved families choose their surnames? This 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 decided to use.
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