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Judy Rosella Edwards
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  • Peoria, IL
  • United States
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Washburn, Turrentine, Houser
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
United States, Midwest
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Professional Genealogist
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
United States up to 1930. I am especially interested in religious and chautauqua movements.
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My grandmother got me interested when I was in high school.
Do you have a genealogy website or blog?

Judy Rosella Edwards's Blog

Greenspace Genealogy Newsletter Begins Publication

The Stories of Individuals Who Designate Family Property as Greenspace

Individuals who donate their land as greenspace have intrigued genealogist Judy Rosella Edwards for more than a decade. Greenspace Genealogy is her newly launched newsletter through which she shares the family history of these individuals.

“There are individuals all across the United States who donate their private property to be enjoyed as a public greenspace,” Edwards explains. The first issue… Continue

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

Anna Blenkiron Donated Tot Lot - Pekin, IL

There is a little corner park, called a tot lot, on the corner of 601 Park Avenue in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois. It is the only park on Park Avenue, which probably received its name because it terminates at the much larger Mineral Springs Park.

Blenkiron Park is a tiny little quarter of an acre, part of the fifth largest park district in the state of Illinois. It became a park around 1945 when it was donated to the city by Anna Blenkiron.

If you would like to read… Continue

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 4:17pm

Looking Into 1860 U.S. Federal Census Records

I have just updated my website and moved my online store. Anyone looking for my publication "Looking into the 1860 U.S. Federal Census" will find it in its new location.

If you're not familiar with it, I explain 33 aspects of the 1860 U.S. Federal Census -- plus I provide lots of free inside info on researching!

About Me

An experienced freelance writer and new media specialist, Judy… Continue

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 2:20pm

The John C. Proctor Home and Park

In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, Proctor Center represents another example of Outdoor Genealogy. John C. Proctor donated the center to Peoria, Illinois, more than a century ago. The center officially opened in 1913.

The Proctor family hailed from Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. The local academy, Proctor Academy in Andover, was named in honor of the Proctor family and founded by the Unitarian society.

By some accounts, the… Continue

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 7:36am

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