You absolutely can do their work with that surname. It was their legal name and that's all it takes. It was very common for slaves to take on the surnames of their masters, once they were free. So I would definitely do their work.
Teri, I didn't know you had Wells in your family. I have a girlfriend who is a wells. As soon as she joins this I'll hook you two up. Isn't this great?
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Wells, Mallory, Huey, Whitney, Scott
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Canada, England, Germany
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Was Family History Consultant for 2 years in our Stake in Cypress, Ca. and was FHC for 6 years here, and was Ward Extraction Coordinator for 10 years and now do Indexing. Am in the process of compiling 19 Direct line sketches, along with my Cancer Story into a book to hopefully publish within a year.