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When I have this sort of problem, I start searching for the family using different family members' names. Sometimes children are easier to find than adults. I also use variations of the surname or if using a site such as Ancestry.com use only part of the surname followed by * or proceeded by * (use must use at least 3 letters). A few individuals did change their names between 1870 -1880, from a name given them upon emancipation to one they chose (no paperwork involved); but this is a very limited number. If you want to list some of the names, approximate birth years, and where they lived in 1880, someone here might be able to help you.
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Dear Ms. Cowart,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you review NARA’s About Census Records website for more information about the 1870 census and others. For information about the U.S. Census itself, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires and overview of the 1870 Census.
We also suggest that you review NARA’s African American Heritage website, especially the Archives Resources section, the Subject Portal, and the African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau web pages as well as NARA’s Rediscovering Black History blog and the History Hub response to How do I search for my family’s history?.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!