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 After five years of work, the result of my family history effort is an unpublished manuscript entitled Secrets of the Asylum.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.
In addition to researching my family’s history, I am a volunteer advocate for a pet cemetery in Montgomery County, Maryland. I have a blog called Pet Cemetery Stories devoted to the history of Aspin Hill Memorial Park and the fascinating stories about the place, the pets, and the people who are buried there.
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.