Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Links to SFA scans.

In 2015 the SFA gave ACPL our SFA Index Cards and Manila Folder Document Files to preserve them for us and any other researcher.  In 2018 ACPL recieved a final set of boxes from Rose Newton's estate.  The library has been diligently scanning our records to allow us to see them.  On Sept 7th 2019 we recieved notice they had opened the link to our Card File scans and some Folder scans.  This is no small chore as they have produced over 40,000 pictures of our collected data.  Can you imagine the work and time it took to scan and file all these pictures?  There is still many more folders to scan and put online.  They are struggling with our "Sheldon Numbering" and what is written on the cards and folders.  To see what they have accomplished so far, you can go to their site of Sheldon Family Resources and use their search engine.

You can also click on the Read more... button below and see a full list of what was scanned.  You can click on the left column number and see the Card Scan or on the Folder Link to see the folder that was collected for the Named person.   

Many people believe Ellis Island gave new names to many of the immigrants coming into America.  The linked article claims otherwise.  Be sure to read the many comments after the article.  I love this kind of debate.  Do you believe your family name was changed?

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/07/02/name-changes-ellis-island 

On the other hand, people have changed their names for many reasons.  Read the following article to get another opinion, but be sure to read the last section about Ellis Island.

https://www.thoughtco.com/my-ancestor-changed-his-name-1422655

The Sheldon Family Association (SFA) database has over 125,000 people listed.  The names and relationships were  accumulated over the last 150 years starting with H.O.Sheldon in 1855.  In 1955 the SFA was refounded and started writing letters to all people named Sheldon to prove or disprove the genealogy collected 100 years earlier. They collected over 200,000 family letters discribing what people thought were their own ancestors.  There were so many people and letters the data was transfered to index cards while new family members got extension numbers off the original printed genealogy tree.  In 1985 the data was tediously transfered to a computer program from the index cards.  In 2013 the data finally was converted to a real genealogical program.

Going to the library is becoming a thing of the past!  With more books being scanned and put on the net, you can do great research from home.  I just discovered this great resource.  See if you can find your relatives by using it.  Type "Sheldon Magazine" in the Title search box and find all volumes of The Sheldon Magazine along with Extension Corrections.  WOW! ?

Genealogy Gophers - Click the link to the left and don't get dressed to go to the library.

 

Have you ever wondered how many websites are dedicated to genealogy on the internet?  Cyndi's List has kept track of most of them.  You can see all the sites she has collected by category at:

Genealogy Categories at Cyndi's List

She has collected almost 337,000 websites dealing with genealogy.  In the United States alone there are over 166,000 websites.  You can click on the link above and pick a state and then on a link to see any site.  This might help you find a group or person close to your research needs.  Seeing this list makes our site look pretty small.  I hope we can help our Sheldon/Shelden families find their ancestors.