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Who we are...

The Sheldon Family Association was founded in 1939 by a group of Sheldon descendants, with the purpose of furthering interest in their heritage and preserving their family history.

The genealogical data with which the SFA began was originally collected by Reverend Henry O. Sheldon, a circuit preacher, as he rode from village to village in the 1800s. Rev. Sheldon documented five apparently unrelated Sheldon families dating back to Colonial times; MORE>

But the SFA has become much more than a surname-based genealogy society. Over the years, as descendants of these Sheldon families have met annually in various locations MORE>

In truth, we have become more of an extended family, sharing the bond of a common heritage and a common purpose.

Take a few minutes to learn more about the Sheldon Family Association, and its long history, activities and resources. And if you have a Sheldon ancestor, please request a free search MORE>

Sheldon Family Association Reunion 2014

Slide show 2014 Reunion

Update on Strategic Plan 10/8/2014


Breaking News SFA Records

Agreement with Allen County Public Library

An eventful meeting at the 2014 reunion led to an agreement with the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center that will preserve the Archives of the Sheldon Family Association. Our Archives date back to early years of luncheons at Deerfield MA where cousins shared oral history. After digitalization, researchers will be able to look for clues in these Archives.

This is exciting because it opens possibilities of someday making parts of the data searchable by members after transition, editing  and other planned projects are completed. 

Transfer of records - Genealogist Rose Sheldon Newton reports that as of the week after reunion,  files and tubs are with Curt Wicher at the Allen County Library. Rose is following instructions of Curt  Witcher Manager of The Genealogy Center as he works with the schedule of his staff at this busy time of year and his speaking schedule for the transfer in an orderly fashion of the files The Library has trucks and employees to help Rose as needed on the plan of transition underway.


2015 Reunion

The Board of Directors approved the choice of Sacramento CA for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Reunion. After the committee has a chance to review possible venues for gathering and visiting, we will have suggested dates to approve! We hope to meet a number of Western cousins and descendants. Newcomers will be welcome.

2015 NERGC Society Fair

SFA will be represented at this event.

Attention genealogical, family and historical societies!  You are cordially invited to join the NERGC Society Fair on Thursday April 16, 2015. You will be able to display your publications, seek new members, and network with NERGC attendees and other Society Fair participants. The Fair will run from 5PM to 7PM. Hundreds visited the Fair in 2013 and we can guarantee great attendance again in 2015.


Breaking News DNA News June 2014

Dr. Peter Jeffries reports that Ancestry.com will discontinue selling YDNA and mtDNA tests.  Our Sheldon DNA project is with FTDNA.  When members tested with Ancestry and wanted to join the Sheldon project, there was a cost.  Since there were some SNPs which were not in the Ancestry test, additional lab testing was required.  We recommend that Sheldon project members test with FTDNA.  


Slide show 2013 Oberlin Reunion

SLIDE SHOW - PAST REUNIONS (Added 6/12/2013)


Sheldon DNA Project

Explanation of the DNA project for non scientists

We are cooperating with the Family Tree DNA ( FTDNA) testing site to study the DNA of Sheldon descendants in order to attempt to discover common ancestors. . MORE>

Recent Events...(updated June 3, 2014)

 Jeanne and Peter Jeffries represented the Sheldon Family Association at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference held April 16, 2013

These are various display at the 2013 Reunion

New Board Members

Marie Sheldon Hine Memorial
The sister of Marie Sheldon Hine, Clara Sheldon Gutermuth, has made a generous contribution to SFA towards the publication of the Isaac lineage book . . . MORE>

Sheldon Family Association is now on Facebook
Sue Sheldon of Shelton, Washington has set up a Facebook page for the Sheldon Family Association. Check it out and join the fun. . . MORE>


Thank you for visiting site - hope we see you at our next Reunion in 2014! The reunion will be held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana