Episode 78: A Grandmother’s Gift with Gonzalo Luengo

It doesn’t matter where you live. There are constants in a search for genealogical facts and details that transcend geography. For instance, we know that family gifts can spur an interest in family history. This week’s guest is proof positive of that. As a teenager his grandmother sent him a box of images and those pictures gave him the gift of discovering his family’s past.

Good record keeping in his home country took him part of the way on that journey. The pictures proved that for decades the relatives in Chile kept in touch with their relatives in Europe and then the communication stopped. A DNA test brought them back together. You may have read his story in the MyHeritage blog, but in this episode Gonzalo Luengo shares how it all happened.  

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About My Guest:

Gonzalo Luengo is a Chilean teacher and professional genealogist. Member of the Chilean Institute of Genealogical Research and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research of Ñuble. A volunteer consultant at the Chilean Stake Family History Center since 2008, Gonzalo is the author of Genes de familia (http://genesdefamilia.blogspot.com) a blog dedicated to sharing tutorials archives and resources for Chilean genealogy. His YouTube videos also include interviews with genealogists and family history enthusiasts. He has participated in many genealogical events, including the American Genealogy Meeting in 2015. He wrote a book, ‘La familia Hojas de Burgos’, analyzing migration and genealogy from Europe to America during the 19th Century. He is currently a teacher in Bulnes, Chile teaching English from kindergarten to eight grade in the rural schools of the area. 

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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