History is a dialogue between man and his past. The dialogue is unending. new quesuons arise and new answers have to be sought. This is why history is a perpetual 'renuse en question'. The aim was no doubt to encourage the population of Afro-Malagasy descent to trace its family history and get a better sense of its roots. It will provide teachers, students and researchers with the kind of information they need to study the ethnic origins of the ex-slave population of Afro-Malagasy descent.