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Using Social Networking to Connect Manganos

Posted by manganofamily on September 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM Comments comments (7)

Our move is completed, we've unpacked most of the boxes, and we're finally feeling settled, so...it's time to get back to tracking down our Mangano family members!


We've recently set up a Twitter account. Want to quickly send us information or have a chat with 140 characters or less? Follow us on Twitter and send us a direct message. By the way, we love #FollowFridays and RTs that mention us -- feel free to include us and help us continue to grow with this new (well okay, relatively new) technology.


Facebook is the next frontier (are we doing this in reverse?). We'll let you know when that account is up and running.


We've also started what we like to refer to as The Mangano Project. If you'd like your family's pedigree chart or descendant list to be posted here, send us a PDF or JPG file of the information. Not only can others learn from the information you already have, but someone may be able to help you fill in some gaps in your own records.


On a completely different note, have any of you used DNA testing to help trace your ancestry? If so, we'd like to hear from you and get your feedback on how helpful this testing was for you. We'll post our findings at a later date in hopes that it will be beneficial to those of you considering participating in this kind of testing in the future.


As always, we love hearing from you and getting your comments and feedbacks about our growing site. And a special thanks to Anthony Mangano for his kind words about our new site.


Cheers!


Michael Mangano

It's All About Timing

Posted by manganofamily on June 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM Comments comments (2)

Taking on the preservation of Sam Mangano's website was a decision we didn't need to think twice about. Ahhh, now if we could have only timed it so that it wouldn't have coincided with our move to a new home . . . But that would be too easy, and as a rule, we don't usually find the easy way to do anything. As a matter of fact, we lean toward the complicated.


Luckily, transferring Sam's treasure trove of information has gone relatively smoothly, and we've only battled with finding the time to do it, along with full-time jobs, taking care of kids and animals, getting a daughter off to college for summer school, finding a new home, getting through the escrow period, packing and -- still yet to come -- getting through the actual move. Did I mention sleep?


We thank you ahead of time for your patience as we go through these very busy summer days. In the meantime, if you have suggestions or ideas for the website, please let us know.  We promise to be quicker at answering our e-mail than we are at finishing up the website.


Cheers!


Michael Mangano

Passing the Torch

Posted by manganofamily on June 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM Comments comments (8)

When my wife and I first learned that Sam Mangano was looking for someone else to take on the management of his website, our ears perked up. Julie has long been deeply involved in researching her family history. Our marriage forced her to include the Mangano's in her research (along with Cerniglias, Ippolitos, Battaglias, Pecoraros, Balsanos, and Mancusos, to name a few) and she has valiantly tried to untangle the web of my Sicilian roots. Let's just say that my Italian ancestry is far harder to trace back than the English/French/German ancestry that is the main part of her lineage.


A number of years ago we first connected with Sam Mangano's website and were delighted to see so many Manganos trying to connect with others and sharon information about their families. We frequently checked in and read the guest book entries, along with the updates to the main website. When I learned that the website would no longer be hosted by Geo Cities and that Sam was looking to pass the torch to someone else, I immediately bounced the idea off my wife.


At first, even I was unsure if we could actually pull it off. That's because I'm usually the idea person, and I rely on my wife to work out the details. It's a nice little division of labor that seems to keep our relationship working well. I was all for taking on the website, but Julie would have to do all the dirty work. Would she be up to it?


I didn't even have to ask. "Of course we'll do it," she told me, and she proceeded to contact Sam to find out if the offer was still open. It was, he offered it to us, and just a few days later, here we are.


Many, many thanks to Sam who graciously allowed us to use the content of his original website.  We are working to re-load all his hard work and hope for a relatively seamless transition to the new domain and host. We are also hoping to add new features that will help us continue to grow this site and make it even more valuable to those Manganos who visit it. We'll keep you posted on this blog so look here often for updates.


We'd appreciate your comments and ideas. If you like the site, please let us know. If you don't have anything nice to say, well, then, keep it to yourself because, well, we don't want to hear it. Right now, we're just focusing on the positive. ;)


Thanks again for visiting our site, and let us know what you think.


Michael Mangano


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