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Sheryl Trudgian Jones

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Sheryl Trudgian Jones on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Lillian's diaries :
ISBN: 143921235X OCLC: 458273771, [United States] : ©2008.

" ... Lillian's diaries paint a word picture of what was happening in Galena area in the mid nineteen hundreds ... This edition of 'Lillian's Diaries' represent the first seven years of Lillian's diaries ..."--Page 6.

  Lillian's diaries :
ISBN: 1453668403 OCLC: 713357537, [United States] : ©2010.

World War I is over, the boys have returned home and life goes on for Lillian Trudgian and her family in Galena, Illinois. Illness, hospitalization, engagement, marriage, a big sale, all impact this family and their friends and family in Lillian's actual 1920-1925 diaries. As in the first volume of "Lillian's Diaries: Whispers From Galena's Past", hundreds of surnames are indexed in the book for genealogists researching the northern Illinois area.

Lillian's diaries :
ISBN: 1463752520 OCLC: 752932695

[publisher not identified], [Lexington, KY] : ©2011.

During this final volume (1926-1931) of the trilogy the financial well-being of the U.S. is slowly eroding until it culminates with the Stock Market Crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. Lillian's life is impacted, not so much by the financial decline of the country, but by the decline of her own health and several traumatic events within her family. Her individual world becomes smaller and smaller, and yet her family and nearby relatives are there to support her. --Back cover.