What is the purpose of the DNA project?

The original goal of the project was to see if DNA testing can discover a link between the early Sheldon Ancestors or Progenitors. Particularly useful is the testing of men named Sheldon. Combined with traditional genealogical research the results can be compared to other Sheldon men. Using genetics and the markers on the Y chromosome, similar patterns may become clear. We urge Sheldon men to submit a test sample to Family Tree DNA for the 37 marker test – click FTDNA for a link to their website and more information.  One can also contact the DNA Committee Chair at DNA@sheldonfamily.org

for information regarding pricing on smaller tests in order to prove a connection to a particular line. Learn about our ongoing project and other topics related to Sheldon DNA.

The current project objectives:

  1. Assist members in proving their relationship to one or more of
    the original 5 Colonial Sheldon lines.
  2. Determine the English ancestry of the original 5 Colonial Sheldon’s.
  3. Encourage greater participation in the SFA DNA project by our
    members and our English cousins.t 

Progress so far..the Sheldon Family Results from testing at FTDNA:

Group A: Origins in the Derbyshire, Bakewell area of England

A1John (S0008) of Pawtuxet & Providence, RI, Derbyshire, Bakewell, England  Haplogroup: E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674>FGC7343>FGC73449

A2Godfrey (S0004) of ME & MA and Richard (S0022) of NJ.  Haplogroup: E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674> FGC73449>FT148289

Group B:

B1Isaac (S0005) of Windsor, CT. Haplogroup: R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC74472

B2John (S0013) of Kingston, RI. Haplogroup: R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>BY12505>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC73741

Group C: Haplogroup: R1b

>U106>Z381>Z301>Z30>Z346>FGC11784>FT185461 Staffordshire: Rowley, Regis and W. Bromwich

Group D: Haplogroup R1b Predicted:

R1b>M269>L21>DF13>Z39589>DF41>MC21 Potsdam, NY

Group E: Haplogroup I, M253 Warwickshire, England (one person tested so far)

Group F:

F1: Haplogroup J >M172>L26>PF7413 Warwickshire, Birmingham (four testers so far)  Three of the testers trace their Sheldon names to John Sheldon (1787-1860), James Sheldon (1772-1832) and William, (b. 1789) respectively.

F2: R1b M269 Tipton, Birmingham, England.  The one tester traces back to George Sheldon (b. 1843)

Group G:

G1: R1b M269 Tipton Birmingham, England   The one tester traces back to Thomas Sheldon (b. 1805)

G2: R1b M269 Tipton, Birmingham, England.  The one tester traces back to Job Sheldon (b. 1835)

Group H

Likely R1b from Ireland.  Two testers are in this group.

Our testing efforts are focused on recruiting and testing more SHELDONS in England.

DNA for Non-Scientists

There are 3 major types of DNA for genealogical use. The easiest to use is YDNA, followed by autosomal (atDNA) and finally mitrochondrial DNA (mtDNA).

YDNA is the Y chromosome that all men inherit from their fathers virtually intact. The Y chromosome contains YSTRS (Y Single Tandem Repeats) and SNPS (Single Nucletide Polymorphisms). Women do not have a Y!

XX = female

XY = male.

Only men with the surname SHELDON are able to do the YDNA test for SHELDON purposes. We do however have many non-surnamed SHELDON descendants in our project!

ALL men and women with SHELDON heritage can test their atDNA and matches to other SHELDONS will be found within 4th-5th cousins and sometimes as distant as tenth cousins. This can be useful to those trying to determine their relationship or who are unsure of where there SHELDONS originated.  Or those just trying to prove they are who they think they are.

ALL men and women can test their mtDNA however this is of limited use for SHELDON genealogy purposes but may be helpful to those with specific research interests on their mtDNA line.  (This is always inherited through the mother and is the mother’s mother’s mother’s etc line).

DNA testing for genealogy is accomplished through either spitting into a tube or through swabbing the inside of the cheek depending on the company’s protocol.  Testing is relatively easy but everyone doing a DNA test must be prepared for unexpected results.  They happen infrequently but they do happen.  DNA only reports the truth and has no agenda.

More information on DNA testing can be found here: https://isogg.org/wiki/Beginners’_guides_to_genetic_genealogy

Special thanks to Kelly Wheaton for her work on this project.  You may contact Kelly at a4est42@gmail.com for further assistance.