Founded in 1939 by a group of Sheldon descendants, The Sheldon Family Association has a long history of providing support, information and camaraderie to those interested in the genealogy of the  Sheldon surname and in preserving their family history.  Join us as we come together to celebrate our heritage and preserve the memories of those who came before us.

A Message from the President

 

The spirit of the season is upon us, and I want to wish all of you Sheldons a very happy holiday season. 

With the giving spirit of the season in mind, the SFA board has decided to open up all of our paid documents so they are free to paid members.   We felt this would be very helpful to existing members and provide additional value to prospective new members. Some of these documents are available online, but the SFA offers a central repository not available on other sites.   We hope members use these documents for their research and that they are not shared or posted online.

I have seen comments now and then questioning why the SFA charges for membership. While many misconstrue the internet as “free” information, nothing could be further from the truth. All organizations such as the SFA require money to keep running. Even a so-called “free” organization still needs money to operate and will eventually come to its membership or followers for personal donations, request grants from companies or large donors, or even resort to advertising to generate revenue.   The point is nothing is free, and that goes for the cost of running the SFA.  

That said, we very much appreciate you keeping your memberships updated as your dues money helps us to maintain our family tree database using various tools and partnerships, provide donations to specific Sheldon-related causes or ventures, assist with family reunion costs, and continue to develop and maintain our website, which is a valuable resource for many Sheldon researchers. We thank you for your membership!

Progress has been made on the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) scanning, including Henry Olcott Sheldon’s original handwritten notes from his travels. These were on microfiche when we viewed them at the ACPL in Fort Wayne in August, and they are now available online.   Other documents have been uploaded, including some large charts, some family histories, and additional military records. The ACPL scanning is an ongoing project, and there is still much work to be done with the entire collection of documents the SFA donated to the ACPL.

We are still working on the details for our 2024 reunion.   We plan to hold it in the Providence, Rhode Island area, and the dates and location have yet to be finalized.   The Providence area is an excellent place for Sheldon research, as many can trace their Sheldon ancestors to this location.   I want to give special thanks to Libby Wilson for putting in a lot of time to get everything in place, and I hope that many of you will be able to attend.  I’d also like to thank Jim Russell for volunteering to help Libby with this reunion.  We’d love to see you there!

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Fall SFAQ Newsletter

Click below to get the latest SFA news in our Fall SFAQ (Sheldon Family Association Quarterly) newsletter.  Click here.  

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New Book Posted

We have just posted an excellent book by Bill Remus about the Sheldons in England including their migration the America.   Although the title refers to

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Summer SFAQ

Open to view the Summer SFAQ 2023. Inside are details about the Annual Meeting and Reunion in Ft. Wayne, IN. August 2-5, 2023. https://sheldonfamily.org/sfa-quarterly-newletter/

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1 week ago

It’s that time again @everyone!

All SFA members and guests are invited to join us for the 2024 Reunion and Annual Meeting in Warwick, Rhode Island (Near Providence), August 8 through 10.Our hotel is the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI. The hotel has 24/7 airport shuttle, free parking, free wifi, and an onsite restaurant.Host Hotel Link: www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/dv48i3?checkInDate=2024-08-08&checkOutDate=2024-08-11&ra...The room rate will be $169 per night (plus tax).Tentative Schedule:Thursday evening arrivals, dinner happy hour at hotel or nearby Italian restaurantFriday – Tour, bus or rental van.Possible SitesProvidence – Sheldon Street and Sheldon Street Church, on Sheldon St.Gilbert Stuart Home tour in Saundertown RI, famous painter, home restored to 18th century appearance. Open Wed – Sunday 10-4. Guided Tours at 11 and 2, Self guided tours available 10-4. Call ahead to see if tours are available. Admission $12 ppSheldon Home Site?? John Sr and John Jr (John 13)West Kingston, South Kingston Town Hall is in Wakefield, RI 180 High Street, M-F 8-4:30South County History Center, 2636 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI 02881SFA Website Link: sheldonfamily.org/2024-reunion-and-annual-meeting/ ... See MoreSee Less

It’s that time again @everyone! 
All SFA members and guests are invited to join us for the 2024 Reunion and Annual Meeting in Warwick, Rhode Island (Near Providence), August 8 through 10.
Our hotel is the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI.  The hotel has 24/7 airport shuttle, free parking, free wifi, and an onsite restaurant.
Host Hotel Link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/dv48i3?checkInDate=2024-08-08&checkOutDate=2024-08-11&ratePlanCode=BMHORK 
The room rate will be $169 per night (plus tax). 
Tentative Schedule: 
Thursday evening arrivals, dinner happy hour at hotel or nearby Italian restaurant
Friday – Tour, bus or rental van.
Possible Sites
Providence – Sheldon Street and Sheldon Street Church, on Sheldon St.
Gilbert Stuart Home tour in Saundertown RI, famous painter, home restored to 18th century appearance. Open Wed – Sunday 10-4. Guided Tours at 11 and 2, Self guided tours available 10-4. Call ahead to see if tours are available. Admission $12 pp
Sheldon Home Site?? John Sr and John Jr (John 13)
West Kingston, South Kingston Town Hall is in Wakefield, RI 180 High Street, M-F 8-4:30
South County History Center, 2636 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI 02881 
SFA Website Link: https://sheldonfamily.org/2024-reunion-and-annual-meeting/

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So excited to see the Providence area! Both John 8 and John 13 were located here and we hope to see sights that are associated with them both. Saturday is the Annual Meeting, which will also be available by zoom.

Wrong direction this year. We will be near Seattle! But it sounds like fun.

Theme "...we're not getting any younger!" (ha ha... likewise here).

Our 85th year!

Have booked so count me in! Love the latest plans. Sounds like great family fun.

Can’t wait to see everyone! This will be my first reunion and my first time in RI!

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So glad to see another Marine in the family. My husband is a Marine.

3 weeks ago

This image was shared in an online postcard group. I found Dr. Albert Rufus Sheldon mentioned in this group's January 2015 newsletter & thought someone might like to see it! ... See MoreSee Less

This image was shared in an online postcard group.  I found Dr. Albert Rufus Sheldon mentioned in this groups January 2015 newsletter & thought someone might like to see it!
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Photos from our 2023 Annual Meeting/Reunion in Fort Wayne, IN