, 2022-08-04 02:00:00,
CHILLICOTHE— Local 4-H student Phoebe Cydrus started her genealogy career young by completing five generations of her family tree by the age of 13, earning her a spot at this year’s state fair.
The Circleville eighth grade student was inspired to start the project four years ago because her grandma, mom and sister all worked on similar projects in the past. The ultimate goal: find out as much as possible about her families history.
“The biggest skill that I’ve learned is you got to be really patient,” Phoebe said. “I’m never that patient unless I’m either fishing or in school.”
Phoebe spends her free time visiting cemeteries, researching online, interviewing living relatives and requesting records. With birth and death certificates costing about $30, Phoebe’s mom, Katy, said it can be an expensive hobby.
Phoebe has discovered fun details about her family, like that both sides of the family repeated many of the same names, which made keeping track of each relative a difficult task. Phoebe learned to identify family members by first and middle names.
On her mom’s side, many members served in the military and worked in law enforcement. Many family members have came from Kentucky, while others have come from as far as New Mexico.
Interviewing living relatives, she has dozens of interesting and funny stories to pass on, like about her great grandma visiting Area 51 before it was designated as an Air Force facility and of her great grandfather holding the world record for the…
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