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General Information

Name:  Sheryl Trudgian Jones  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

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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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Titles At Your Library

Lillian's Diaries: Whispers From Galena's Past
ISBN: 143921235X

BookSurge Publishing. 2009

Imagine the joy of visiting an ancestral home and discovering diaries describing your family, a town, and a country from 1913 through 1931. This Eureka! experience befell Sheryl Jones at her great-great grandparents' home in Galena, Illinois, a river port town sustained in the early 20th century by its booming lead-mining industry. The diaries were the work of young Lillian Trudgian, the editor's third cousin once removed. This edition of Lillian's Diaries: Whispers from Galena's Past is an expansive and fascinating history of the Trudgian family, their neighbors and the everyday pattern of life found in the first seven years of these diaries. An index of surnames mentioned in the diaries is included for readers interested in northern Illinois genealogy. For all those aficionados of family genealogy, for everyone interested in the history of northern Illinois and its place in the growth of this nation, and for all readers who simply love a good read, this is the book.

Lillian's Diaries: Whispers of Galena's Past
ISBN: 1453668403

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011

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: Final Whispers from Galena's Past: Vol. III 1926-1931
ISBN: 1463752520

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011

During this final volume (1926-1931) of the "Lillian's Diaries" triology 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.

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