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Judy Rosella Edwards

Peoria, Illinois, United States


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A freelance writer and writing coach, Judy Rosella Edwards focuses on genealogy, history, and Central Illinois history. She is a regular contributor to, and she writes the PRO-Talk column for "Genealogy Today." She has published several titles in Holly Lisle's "The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make..." series.

She has written for Suite101's Museum & History Studies. Edwards is a contributor to the "Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography" and has been a presenter at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's annual Conference on Illinois History.

Edwards says, "I'll write about just about anything——and I have!" She has interviewed U.S. politicians, middle school spelling bee winners, artists, entertainers, business owners, school officials, and UFO experts for several newspapers.

"Flexibility is the key to finding freelance work in a small market," she says, revealing the secret to her success. "Even if I don't know the subject inside and out, I'll research it until I can write intelligently about it."

She holds a Master's degree in Instructional Systems Technology from the College of Education at Indiana University. She lives in Central Illinois with her husband, Jeff Imig, and their cats.


"Word 2007 For Writers"

"The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Genealogy & Family History"

"The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Disappearing in the U.S."


General columnist for GenWeekly

ProTalk columnist at GenealogyToday

Interests: Genealogy, Family History, Chautauqua, Travel, Intentional Community

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Word 2007 For Writers
  • The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Disappearing in the U.S.
  • Digital Document Template Design
  • Looking Into 1860 U.S. Federal Census Records
  • The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Genealogy & Family History