I looked through a few web sites you can use to seek the past . Of course I know my immediate family , but as time has passed we have lost track of each other . my brother Leland Manda moved to Alaska , we went through rough times and lost touch. my brother Edwin Manda was over seas in the military during Vietnam ,
I have talked to him some years back and he is driving a truck . my brother Dennis Manda lives in northern Illinois last I heard we we spoke some 20 years ago. my brother Bill Manda I hear lives in California , I have not seen him since his return from Vietnam it was a stressful homecoming that ended in him leaving in the night.
My brother Art Manda goes by John or so my sister told me , my sister Virginia Bigelow and most of her family lives in Ocean Springs Mississippi. she is the one that is keeping in touch with us or at least trying to. I commend her for that . our dad and mother are dead , as are all of our grandparents . I have recently been in contact with some cousins - my parents divorced and we had tensions in the family because of the divorce so visits were few and far between and it was not a normal family relationship . A pitfall of divorce. but in the era I grew up it gave a feeling of being disconnected to - family - neighborhood - community - even the church - we were the divorced family . as hard as it was before the divorce it was just as hard in a different after.
so now I find I have an inherited condition called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency - and I wonder where it came from and who else has it so I am looking for family to ask them to get tested for the gene.
on my moms side , the family is just as distant grandma kept everyone up to date and was the glue that held us together passed away in 1982 and with her went our connection. I have had my cousin Nancy nearby in a neighboring town and she is as disconnected as I from family. we speak from time to time . she is a lovely person with a loving husband . I am happy for their closeness . her early life was a hard one she deserves some comfort now. as I touch base with a few cousins I am hoping to get family stories and some history . my moms dad was Amos Kronk born around 1888 and her mom Theresa Kronk (nee- Taylor )
I really don't know anything past that - I think my grampas moms name was Laura - so anyone with any thing to add please do so .