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How the ex-slaves adopt last names?

Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could tell me what was the process that the slaves used to adopt last names? When they were offically freed and the Freedmen's Bureau stepped in, were they then required to adopt a last name or did they just on their own pick a last name? My ancestors are from South Carolina and the state did some agricultural census for different years and on the 1869 Agricultural Census as well as the US Federal 1870 Census, my ancestors show with the last name Aaron. So, if anyone has any information on this topic, it would be greatly appreciated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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