There are calls for a formal system to help the descendants of blackbirded Pacific Islanders find their relatives.
In the Pacific, more than a million people are thought to have been blackbirded, meaning tricked, coerced or forced into indentured labour or slavery, a practice that ended over a century ago.
Their descendants Australia, known as South Sea Islanders, have long sought assistance to trace their lineage.
But now the legacy of Blackbirding has led ni-Vanuatu to look for Aboriginal family in Australia.
Ben Robinson Drawbridge has more.