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General Information

Name:  Sheryl Trudgian Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Trudgian Jones was born and raised in Illinois. She graduated from Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois State University in Normal and Aurora University in Aurora. She taught in elementary schools, junior colleges and Head Start Programs in Illinois. She currently resides in Joliet.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sheryl Trudgian Jones spent her entire career interacting with children and their families as a teacher and social worker. Early-on her mother interested her in tracing family history. Genealogy, combined her curiosity of how families work, led her to seek her own roots. She earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in family life from Aurora University, Illinois. Meanwhile she continued to research the Trudgian family surname, both in the U.S. and in Cornwall, England. Retirement has given her the time to publish three volumes of "Lillian's Diaries: Whispers of Galena's Past" (1913-1931). The books are comprised of the actual daily entries of her ancestor, Lillian Trudgian, enhanced with some of Lillian's recipes and photos. Sheryl wrote an article for the Illinois State Genealogical Society highlighting how the first set of diaries were found and the process of self-publishing them. Sheryl shares her interest in genealogy by facilitating beginners' genealogy classes for individuals taking their first steps towards finding their roots and researching others genealogy on an individual basis. She is a member of the Cornwall Family History Society and the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Recently she joined the international Find-a-Grave Project as a volunteer photographer.

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