Thursday, January 8, 2009

Trans-atlantic Slave Trade Database

For those of you who do research with the Latter Day Saints, they have a new database that you can research on the Afican slave trade.

The site's goal is to offer researchers a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

You can search the Voyages Database to look for particular voyages in this database of documented slaving expeditions. You can create listings, tables, charts, and maps using information from the database.

There is another database called the "Examine Estimates of the Slave Trade Slaves" which contains documented voyages in which you can use the interactive estimates page to analyze the full volume and multiple routes of the slave trade.

You can also explore the African Names Database to identify over 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.

I have just begun exploring the site but it looks really useful. You can search the site by going to or assess at a LDS Library.


Louisiana Genealogy Blogs said...


I went to the site, but I really had a hard time with the database. Did you find the site easier to navigate that I did and do you have any helpful advice in navigating the site?


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Karen Burney said...

The site does have its challenges. Maybe since it is still fairly new, there are some "kinks" that still need to be worked out.