The Sheldon Family Association

Join us as we come together to celebrate our heritage and preserve the memories of those who came before us

Founded in 1939 by a group of Sheldon descendants, The Sheldon Family Association has a long history of providing support, information and comradery to those interested in Sheldon genealogy and in preserving their family history.

A message from the President

Michael Sheldon

The Sprit of Volunteering

You may have heard the phrase, “The spirits moved me.” Often this is in reply to a call to action. This is a call to all members with the hope that the spirits will move you and summon you to volunteer for the Sheldon Family Association.

The SFA has been in existence since 1939, with an additional history that goes back even further in time. Its mission is much the same now as it was when it was started. In a few phrases:

  • To learn about and teach all things Sheldon, to anyone who is interested.
  • Documenting and sharing a number of Sheldon trees, and places where Sheldons lived and came from.
  • Gathering and sharing knowledge about how Sheldons impacted their surroundings and fellow man.

It has always been about pursuing the knowledge of who, what, when, where, why and how. It is amazing how much has been accumulated and learned through the years. The effort of previous leaders and the huge participation of volunteers over these 83 years is phenomenal and awe-inspiring. All of this takes selfless people to research, organize, write, and distribute the growing wealth of knowledge and to do so in keeping with the times.

Volunteering is not that onerous, and it is not tedious, either. Yes, it will require that you devote three to four hours
during a week if you are President, or it might be as little as a couple of hours a month if you serve on some of the
committees. The amount of time depends on what it is you seek to do and the level of engagement you wish to make. You have to remember that any amount of contribution moves all of us Sheldons forward. It is rewarding, educational, and very worthwhile. It can even become a passion.

The upcoming year will be one that requires help from new blood. Bottomline: We need some members to step up and be or become the next wave of SFA leaders. The election in July 2023 will be for a new President and a new Secretary. We also need to fill some Director at Large seats. There is a lot to do and a lot to sustain. You can take it in small steps if you wish by first becoming a Director at Large and learning the ropes and responsibilities. Can you heed a call to leadership and help?

Currently, we have a need to fill the Vice President role since the term ended in August 2022. Our VP is still filling in for her role as well as remaining as our leader of the Annual Reunions, but she has new responsibilities to help her immediate family, so we need a VP ASAP. The VP role is obviously active. The VP is a Board Member on the Executive Committee, and the backup should something happen to the President. Being in the loop is critical to this role. My real hope is that this person becomes our Policy and Procedures Manager.

We need to fill a void by having someone take up the mantle of our Social Media accounts and oversight. You do not need to be on the board to fill this role. The SFA has several social media sites. This person is there to keep them current and monitor the activity. This July will be the end of my fourth year as President. While I will remain on the Board and shift my focus to other things SFA, such as the Finance Chair, the Nominations Chair, and a member of the ACPL review team, I am also active in my community and have a growing responsibility as a caretaker, so a step back is required.

Finally, we always need volunteers on our committees for DNA research, Reunions, By Laws, the 501(3) exploration, research, and ACPL data review are at the top of the list. You do not need to be on the board to fill any of these roles. If you want more information or if you want to throw your hat in the ring, please let me know by emailing me at


Michael B Sheldon


Reunion Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 17:  Arrive in Boston. If arriving from Boston Logan Airport, take the free shuttle to the hotel by calling 617-884-2900 after you pick

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2 weeks ago

i think im in wrong group as yr all american and im ex fusiliers ie burned whitehouse. my heirarchy goes well back but yr looking american ... See MoreSee Less

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let me know now as interested . yr background pioneers maybe ask ME a question

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We have people from other countries in our group. Most of our tree data is US and Canadian, although the oldest ancestors are from England primarily. There is a Sheldon Surname group that has a lot of UK and Australian people in it. Neale Sheldon runs that Facebook group. We'd love to know more about your pioneers, it could help our research!

No sir, I'm a member of the group, and I'm Canadian, eh, not American, so much so that I know well what you mean by 'burned whitehouse.' In fact, I believe it was retaliation for the burning of Fort York, at the town of York, the original name of my home town, Toronto. You've heard of the song by Johnny Horton perhaps, the Battle of New Orleans? Well, we have our own version of that song, when Sir Issac Brock and Tecumseh and their warriors - British, Canadian, and First Nations - sent an American army 'a runnin' back across the river when they tried to invade Canada.

I know all about when the White House was burned down. Sheldon's have been in the USA before it was the USA, from the 1600s.

The Sheldon Family Association includes all of us, regardless of national origin.

most of us American Sheldons have ancestors from the UK - it has been a major effort to trace those lines back (Y) so, we'll still call you "cousin" - lol 😃 (Y)

I have discovered an 1850 census for Alden, County Erie, New York, New York. It shows my Great Great Great grandfather, John Sheldon 46 yrs, wife Permelia 35 yrs, daughter, my great great grandmother Alvira Elizabeth 17 yrs, unknown person 15 yrs, Alice 7yrs, unknown 15, Francis 5 yrs, unknown, 1 yr. Is it possible that this census might help find marriage records of Great Great Great Grandparents, John Sheldon and Permelia (Buss or Burr?????) Sheldon? I have over the years picked up that John and Permelia were married on 12.3.1832 in Alden, Erie County, New York, New York. I just can't be sure what Permelia's last name was. I had discovered Buss and Burr. It would be enlightening not to mention how exciting to finally sew up that loose end! Thanks for any information or help that you may have to offer. Thank you.....Mary Lou Most

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13 hours ago

Let's welcome our new Facebook group members:Libby Coney,Nancy Sherwood Coney ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

Ancestry has gift memberships on sale 50% off until Nov. 28th. ... See MoreSee Less

Ancestry has gift memberships on sale 50% off until Nov. 28th.
2 weeks ago

The SFA donated to this project!Jeff Fellinger, Willard Street Traditions restoration artist, recently reinstalled a set of restored windows on the first floor of the Judd-Harris House. The Henry Sheldon Museum extends its thanks to all of its friends, donors, and members who contributed to the windows restoration project at the museum. Special thanks, too, to the 1772 Foundation, the Osprey Fund, and the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation for supporting this project. The windows project began in 2021 and, when it is completed this winter, 28 double-hung window units and one over-door fan light sash will have been restored and reinstalled in the museum's iconic Judd-Harris House. The Judd-Harris House was the residence of the museum's founder, Henry Sheldon, and it has been the home of the institution's collection since 1882. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sheldon branch royal regiment of fusiliers ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

It's Quicksheet Saturday! Have you tried all 60 of these Free Online #Genealogy websites?Do you have a number of "go to" free websites for searching and browsing for pertinent genealogy records and record collections? These are my favorite websites for you to skim through. Maybe there are a few you don't use or may not have even heard of.Get this Free Downloadable Quicksheet and start visiting these websites. You'll be glad you did! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Let's welcome our new group member:Jessica Shelden!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hullo, Jessica.

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