Honoring Jean Manco ~ She took me on my Ancestral Journey

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Her site was gone. I searched for other links.  It was like her light had been turned off, like her work vanished into cyberspace. Shall we burn her books also?

I have just learned of author, historian, educator, Jean Manco’s sad passing. A loss for our history and for our future.

I began looking for her because her (one of her websites) website ancestraljourneys is gone. For ages I have shared her site and told folks about how wonderful it is for their own lives. For anyone who has sequenced their haplogroup(s) they could go to her site and find where ancient relatives lived and died. Her site made DNA for genealogy and genetic anthropology come to life. She organized the info by era and then had charts naming the archaeological site, the haplogroup and info about the site, the age, place and more.
I have noted her work on my own blog posts in the past and told people in my DNA projects about her work. People who have limited knowledge of their ancestors, learning about the haplogroups can sometimes be all a person will be able to learn of their family history.
For those who might have been adopted or whose ancestry has limited records, genealogy can be terribly disappointing, but we carry our haplogroup(s) within us. We have the haplogroups in our DNA and Jean shared information about many of our haplogroups on her site and in her works.
I was startled when I read she had passed and then thinking of the loss of her website. Gone, just gone – like she and it never existed. I thought of her books and wondered if we should begin to just throw them away or burn them to make them disappear like the webpage.
Was it about money? her wishes? How could that be? It could not.
I am older myself and survived one Cancer and in truth we (my better half and I) can’t really afford the annual payment to have this blog for me, but there is a free part and if it is not too large byte wise, I think I should be able to move it to a free section for posterity – for my kids, and theirs, for my family and friends. All the years of research of my own and my recording the research of others so it is not lost.
But to think she was deleted and I would be deleted myself, made me cry for Jean Manco and myself.
I wonder what her mt-DNA haplogroup is?

I hope someone will turn her light back on.

I feel like I might loose my way without her to follow also.
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Her books, wonderful. Her website(s) wonderful.
I place this link for my favorite website of hers and hope it will magically return. It is like calling my mother’s old phone number.
Memorials to and Mentions of Jean on our favorite bloggers sites:
Her publisher – hopefully they will make sure her work including her websites are revived and not thrown to cyber oblivion.
sites still found
some of her books
and many others including:
Spirit of Care
Bath History
Lulworth Castle in The Seventeenth Century
Pulteney Bridge
The Hub of the Circus
many more…

Her site is saved on this internet web page of old sites on one of archive.org’s sites. It is not being updated.

I am keeping a counter on this link to her pages, to show to the publishers that if they are going to continue to sell her book – they also need keep the companion website AND update it.

Please tell all and go to her site and see all the wonderful information she has. The short instructions are:
This is page one and see on the left side a list of time periods. Go to any era and use the find feature in your browser window and search for your haplogroup. Often the ancient skeletons are not refined very far down stream so search for yourself with your root haplogroup. (Example my husband is a G2a but he is refined to G-PF3148 – but the page will not have his downstream SNP – so look for the G2 and G2a)

5 thoughts on “Honoring Jean Manco ~ She took me on my Ancestral Journey

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for writing this; articles like these enable memories of people to live on through the Internet.
    Jean was also a member of an online community, the Open Directory Project (also known as DMOZ and now as Curlie). The editing community have created an in memoriam entry for Jean Manco in the directory (which I’m linking below).
    Kind regards,
    Pierre (Curlie editor elper)


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    • Hi Sue, Please add a link for her website – the one I have for her site, still did not work this morning. I checked, and the archived site from May that I shared in the June 1st story does has all her former work but it is not updated, but this is on the page since the 1st week of June. I googled to look for another page and it does not seem to come up under the name. Please share the new URL and I will share this in the story and among the groups.


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