Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:29
Katherine Dimancescu visits the Oyster Bay Historical Society on Saturday, June 14, for a book talk and signing, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Koenig Center. A descendant of the Underhill, Townsend, Wright and Feakes families, she will discuss her ongoing genealogical work while highlighting some of the family research resources both in New England and in the United Kingdom that have proved helpful to her.
About the Book
Katherine Dimancescu’s debut narrative, The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past offers readers a window into the lives of some of her maternal ancestors, well-known and little-known alike, who helped shape the New England communities they called home. Her story shares unexpected discoveries she made while researching her colonial American roots. These discoveries include Mayflower passengers John Alden and his future wife Priscilla Mullins, ancestral homesteads dating back to the 1600s, veterans of the Pequot War (1637) and King Philip’s War (1675-76), slave-owning ancestors in New England, 17th and 18th century diary keepers whose original diaries she found intact in archives, persecuted Quakers including Mary (Barrett) Dyer (wife and mother of six children) who was hanged on Boston Common in 1660, signers of The Flushing Remonstrance, an ancestor accused of manslaughter, and another forced to wear a scarlet “D.” Ms. Dimancescu hopes to inspire readers to rediscover and appreciate often overlooked chapters of New England’s rich colonial history and to enjoy researching their own family roots.
About the Author
Katherine Dimancescu has been writing stories since she was a child. She has loved history, genealogy, and historical research since she was young. Writing and publishing this book has been a dream of hers since 1995. She received a BA in history from Denison University. She was awarded master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Westminster, London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to writing this book, she was a managing editor of international tax, law, and finance reports. She divides her time between Connecticut and Massachusetts.