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Published Thursday September 24th, 2009 at 3:25pm

Original Article by Salley McInerney

A little boy in a butterbean field. A little boy, perhaps, with big, brown eyes.

Beth Snyder, who lives in Decatur, Illinois, has little to go on in the search for her half brother, but she does know that he most likely grew up on a farm in the Reed Creek community, near Hartwell, in the late 1960s and '70s. She knows that he picked butterbeans with his mother, and that he, like Beth, may have big, brown eyes.

"The last place that I know that he and his mother were in was near the Reed Creek community," Beth said. "There was a farm there. They used to go pick butterbeans."

Several weeks ago, Beth placed an advertisement in a weekly northeast Georgia newspaper: "PLEASE HELP ME. I am looking for a half brother whom I have never met. I believe he lives or lived in the Reed Creek area in Hart County. His father was Herb Hudson, who was once married to Ann Hudson. I believe that Ann Hudson's father was nicknamed ‘Sarg.' I was put up for adoption. I do not believe (my half brother) knows about me, either. I just found out that he existed in April, 2009, and have been searching ever since. If anyone can please help me locate him, I would greatly appreciate it. Please e-mail me at"

Beth was born on Oct. 2, 1970, in a hospital in Elbert County. She was put into foster care and, several months later, was adopted by a couple from Augusta, Ga.

"My (adoptive) mother and father were called and told there was a little girl – me," Beth said. "They went to a hotel in Elbert County and a caseworker brought me to them for the day. It was a Saturday. The caseworker said she would give them the rest of the weekend to make a decision, but they said they didn't need that much time. On Monday, they got to take me home with them and the adoption was finalized."

Beth's adoptive mother and father eventually moved back to Illinois – their native state – and Beth was raised there.

Three years ago, Beth started looking for her birth family. She called the Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry in Atlanta.

"The first thing they tell you is if your birth family is looking for you," Beth said. "Mine was not. For a small fee, they will then send you all of the non-identifying information in your charts."

Beth learned little from that information, other than her birth mother lived in Franklin County.

"But it was like I had this drive in me to find out more," Beth said.

Eventually she did, and was able to visit her birth family this past March.

"At that point in time, nobody said anything to me about having a half brother. I found that out when I came home. A relative called to say I had a half brother. I know that he was born around 1965, but I don't know anything else. I don't know his name. Nothing."

Other than he was once a little boy who, in the hot summertime, picked butterbeans with his grandmother in a field in the Hart County countryside.

And other than he has a half sister who's hoping to find him.