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Meeting location: 715 Grand Blvd, Vancouver. The public is invited.
Locating ancestors across the seas can be challenging for anyone, but especially when researching the histories of people who lived in slavery, because of naming and record-keeping practices. Professor Sue Peabody will discuss two projects, her recent prize-winning book, Madeleine's Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France's Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford, 2017), and her new project: The Failure of the Succès: Anatomy of a Slave Smuggling Voyage. Both projects involve the careful reconstruction of families in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies of Réunion and Mauritius (with asides to Bengal and Mozambique) in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries using online databases and digital civil status records.
Dr. Sue Peabody, Ph.D. is the Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver.
FamilySearch adds hundreds of thousands of new digital images to their website each week. They recently added their two billionth image. Some images are of microfilm reels in the Granite Mountain Vault, others are newly acquired record images. Currently 350 filming crews are serving their mission around the world by capturing records using digital equipment.
As these crews complete the digitization of a record set, they are sent electronically to Salt Lake City. These images are usually available for your viewing the following week.
This presentation is designed to assist you in finding the digital records that are of interest to you.
Hint , it is doubtful you will find them by using the fields of the search box as only about 2% have been indexed. Indexing is not able to keep up with the volume of records being made available. Sometimes old fashioned methods can yield the best results.
Map showing location of CCGS library