Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Valparaiso, 1852

The image below is from the Getty Museum's Open Content program, showing a daguerrotype of Valparaiso, Chile attributed to photographer Carleton Watkins from about 1852.
Source: Getty Museum
I like to think this is a view that my third-great-grandfather Gabriel Vasquez would have seen prior to moving from Chile to Mexico sometime before 1858. Earlier this week I received a reply from the Archivo Nacional in Chile, directing me to the local archives in Valparaiso. I am hopeful they may have some records on the Vasquez family, perhaps a baptism record for Gabriel or marriage record for his parents, Jose Vasquez and Agustina Rojas.

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