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Passing the Torch

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.


Michael Mangano

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8 Comments

Reply Sam Mangano
3:16 AM on June 10, 2009 
Thanks Michael ... I really appreciate you and Julie taking this on.
Going by the enthusiasm alone shown by both of you, i have no doubt in my mind that i have chosen the right people to continue carrying the Mangano torch :)
Reply vicente mangano
10:21 AM on September 2, 2009 
felicitaciones Michael, fuerza
Reply Michael and Julie Mangano
11:26 AM on September 18, 2009 
Thanks so much for visiting our site. Where are you from? Let us know if you have information about Mangano's you'd like to share with our other visitors. If you want to send us a quick note, you can always Tweet us . Our Twitter name: manganosearch. Thanks again for you kind words.

vicente mangano says...
felicitaciones Michael, fuerza
Reply Frank Mangano
10:56 PM on September 18, 2009 
Michael & Julie, It's great to see that this web site is still alive Congrats to you both for keeping it going, and of course Sam Mangano for Starting this Site back in the 90"s....... Let the Manganos live long and may the Lord bless us all
THE MANGANO's are EVERYWHERE
Reply Rosa Mangano Updale
9:55 PM on September 21, 2009 
My father's family came from Palermo. He settled in Brooklyn, N.Y., along with two sisters in the early forties. . My father's name was Antonio. Would be interesting to find entended family members. Thanks
Reply Julie Mangano
7:22 AM on September 22, 2009 
Yes, thanks to Sam for pulling together all this wonderful Mangano information. It represents hundreds of hours of work, and he did a great job. Thanks for supporting us -- come back and visit often. We're trying to add content now on a regular basis. If you have something you'd like us to add, please let us know and we'll be happy to post it here.

Frank Mangano says...
Michael & Julie, It's great to see that this web site is still alive Congrats to you both for keeping it going, and of course Sam Mangano for Starting this Site back in the 90"s....... Let the Manganos live long and may the Lord bless us all
THE MANGANO's are EVERYWHERE
Reply Elle
10:42 PM on October 23, 2009 
Rosa-my family also settled in Brooklyn,ny. My grandfather was Gaetano mangano. He had a sister Antonia Mangano. Their father was also gaetano mangano. I would love to chat. Email me any time [email protected]
Reply Charlie Mangano
6:09 AM on March 31, 2010 
Hi Michael and Julie,

I am impressed with your website that my son pointed out to me. My name is not in your list of contacts of the Mangano clan. If you wish any details that i can provide for you. please feel free to contact me via email.

thanks

Charlie (or Carmelo)

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