Persuaded by his own kids, he found his birth parents — and nine half siblings

Jul 16, 2018

Cathryn Sprynczynatyk and Gary Anderson at the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Bismarck.

Some adopted kids want to know their birth parents, some don’t.

For Gary Anderson, it was his own kids who finally persuaded him to ask questions. One even bought him a DNA kit from That’s when he discovered he has nine half siblings.

He told the story to his niece Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at the StoryCorps mobile recording booth in Bismarck of how he figured out who his parents were, based on a report from what was “technically” a closed adoption.