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This is a very unusual video, that I taped in SPANISH (listen to our beautiful Chilean accent) about 6 weeks ago, when the famous Pablo BLANCO TRAVERSO, a famous geenalogist from Chile was on a professional visit in Paris. I had been chatting with Pablo for many years without ever meeting him in person. Magic of the Internet ! I even spent a whole day driving to small villages in Italy last summer looking for data for him.
Pablo is the co-founder with Santiago SCHULER of [ChileGenea], the Chilean genealogy mailing list on Yahoo! groups, one of the only place where you will find useful help on Chilean families on the web. We have about 250 subscribers, asking for very specific data, or more novice users. Another good pointer is Mauricio PILLEUX’s page and ApellidosItalianos (an Argentian site!)
Pablo tells us that genealogy is a very rare occupation in Chile, with probably only 25 “serious” people involved (and of course we all know them). In terms of books, we only have about 10 reference books (+ the excellent yearly – or so – magazine from the Chilean Genealogy Association; I just bought the whole collection!!!) split in 3 main zones:
- Families from the North, mainly in La Serena
- Families from the center & Santiago, the more aristocratic families
- Families from the South, mostly from German origin (my branch), studied by father Guarda.
Remember I do genealogy as a hobby ? Indeed I seldom talk about it, because that’s where I get a break in my mind.
And if you listen carefully, this interview wouldn’t have been complete without a few “huevaditas”