S2E8 – Immigrant Secrets with John Mancini

On today’s episode, John Mancini joins us from the Washington, DC area, to discuss his new book, “Immigrant Secrets: The Search for My Grandparents.” John started his genealogical journey with very few, and often incorrect, facts about his grandparents. John faced dead-ends on finding his grandparents until the 1940 census – as inmates at the Rockland Insane Asylum. Join us as we hear how John used genealogy to discover the truth about his family and a reflection on the impact of secrets on our lives. You can purchase John’s book here: https://amzn.to/3PPOIMt

John refers to the following books:  “Annie’s Ghosts,” by Steve Luxenberg, which you can purchase here: https://amzn.to/3Q75lD3; and “The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are,” by Libby Copeland, which you can purchase here: https://amzn.to/3Q2SZMe

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 7:00 PM, the Kentucky Genealogical Society is hosting Judy Russell as she presents “Inventing America: Records of the US Patent Office.” Americans have always been tinkerers and inventors. Records of the U.S. Patent Office can enrich any family’s history. Where are they and what can they tell us? Please visit www.kygs.org for additional information, registration, and membership.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 10:00 AM, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society is hosting “The Silent, The Invisible, and the Unimportant: Finding Female Ancestors.” Our female ancestors lived in the shadow of her male relatives, her father, her husband and her sons.  They were often Silent, creating few if any records of their own.  Invisible, often mentioned only by title, (daughter, wife, and mother) or if we are lucky by their given name.  More often, they were not mentioned at all, the Unimportant.  Identifying female ancestors often presents a challenge to the genealogist, but it can be done. Please visit www.mvgenealogy.org for additional information, registration, and membership.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 8:00 PM, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey is hosting “Who Needed it Anyway? Getting Around the 1890 Census” by Sara Cochran. The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses. Please visit www.gsnj.org for additional information, registration, and membership.

Mennonite Life Library

Our archive is filled with treasures that give glimpses into the individual and community lives of Lancaster area Mennonites and their neighbors. We are the official depository for records of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches (Lancaster Mennonite Conference) and of Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

The archival collections span a range of material and formats such as art prints, audio recordings, broadsides, correspondence, charts, deeds, diaries, folk art (fraktur, scherenschnitte), genealogical records, maps, newspaper clippings including obituaries, photos and slides, postcards, videos, and wills.

For additional information: https://mennonitelife.org/