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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 5:00 am

For most of her life, Traci Moore had never held a desire to find her biological family. Having been adopted by John and Catherine Syphrit when she was only two days old, she bore no memories of her birth mother or father, and had a perfectly happy childhood growing up.

However, after years of begging from her own daughter, and considering the benefits of knowing one’s parentage for health reasons, Moore began a search for her biological family last summer.

That hunt has come to an end this month, with a little help from Benson Memorial Library, and where once Moore had only a single sibling, she has now found five new ones, who accepted her with open arms.

“I’m glad I did it,” Moore told The Herald. “It’s been worth every effort, every step of the way.”

Moore’s quest began when she petitioned a Venango court to open her adoption record. And while she was successful in getting the record open, it turned out that the county had no one certified to search those records.

The State Wide Adoption Network (SWAN) contacted Traci, and told her to get a copy of her unregistered birth certificate as the next best step, a process which took around three weeks.

After obtaining her birth certificate, which bore the name of her biological mother, Moore brought the document to Jessica Hilburn, historian at Benson Memorial Library.

“And she was able to just find out all kinds of information as far as history, marriages, births, divorces, a whole list of information that I wasn’t able to obtain on my own, she was able to,” Moore said.

With this information in hand, Moore began reaching out to her siblings, who turned out to be closer than she thought.

On her biological mother’s side, Moore was able to make contact with two half-siblings, Dennis and Robin, in addition to her birth mother, Beverly, all of who lived in the Franklin-area. On her father’s side, Moore met two half-brothers, Jeff and Jerry, and two half-sisters, Marci and Missy, who were all in the Seneca area.

“I try to get together with everyone as much as I can,” Moore said “We are going to try planning, maybe, a camping trip this summer possibly with all of us.”

While Moore has found friendship with her siblings, she described feeling scared when initially reaching, having no idea how she would be received.

She had initially assumed that they would have lived elsewhere, so finding out many of them were so close was a bit of a shock to Moore. Humorously enough, Moore also discovered that she might have crossed paths with one of her siblings in the past.

As it turns out, both Moore and Marci’s sons had raced BMX at the Titusville track around the same time, and it is likely the two of them may have sat only a few feet from each other watching races.

“She was like, ‘Now that you say this, I’m almost sure we were crossing paths at some point in our lives down there and not even realizing it,’” Moore said.

Moore told The Herald that family had always been important to her, owing to her adoptive father being one of eight, and that she is very glad she was able to gain more family.

“To expand this, to have siblings, and nieces and nephews and brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws has just been phenomenal for me,” she said. “It’s been awesome.”

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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