|Posted by manganofamily on June 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM|
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.