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Name changes for Freed Slaves
I know this question has probably been asked several times before, but I never knew I needed the answer.
Is there a way to find out for sure that an exslave changed their surname?
I asked because I found out a while ago that my surname was indeed changed. In 1870 my family is listed as Rabb. Not only did Edward Rabb change his surname but he used Ned as a shorten version of Edward. All the older family members I spoke to about it were thrilled because they knew (and never told the younger generation) that there was a name change but they didn't know what it had been changed from.
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