Since 2012, I have been writing about my mother’s French-Canadian ancestors, having researched them in libraries, archives, historical societies, and in online genealogical resources. Several of them, including my grandmother, ended up as mental patients in state hospitals. After five years of work, the result of my family history effort is an unpublished manuscript entitled Secrets of the Asylum.
Prior to undertaking this project, I worked at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC for 14 years, as a librarian and website developer. Before that, I worked for more than a decade at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD. After a career of more than 30 years in library science and information technology, I retired — and found myself well-equipped for the family history research journey.
When I’m not up to my elbows in writing or genealogy, I am working in the garden, hiking with my husband, playing my banjo or ukulele, or collecting what I like to call “tacky treasures” which I post on my website of the same name. Go ahead, google it.
P.S. My last name, Mangin, is pronounced with a soft “g.” When I meet you, feel free to make sure I’m pronouncing your name correctly, too.