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Persistence pays off as siblings meet

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With the

help of her newfound brothers and genealogy records from the Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Joyce Flom tracked her sister to

Lancaster, Ohio.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The holidays bring many families together, giving them the opportunity to catch up and share old memories.For Joyce Flom, Thanksgiving brought the chance to get her family together under one roof in Billings, allowing her sister and brothers to meet for the first time.Friday night, Flom, Janice Hamilton and Brad and Steve Kronberger, and their spouses, attended the Downtown Holiday Parade. Even though it was one of their first outings as a family, it's tough to tell that they are still getting to know one another."It's kind of like we've already known each other all this time," Flom said.Family difficultiesIn 1947, Flom and Hamilton, both born in Glendive, were put up for adoption by their mother because of family problems that haven't been fully determined. Flom was about 2, and Hamilton was just 6 weeks old. The girls were adopted by separate families and grew up never knowing each other.In 2004, Flom began searching for her biological family after her adoptive parents died.