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 newwe 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.
In collecting names, only Sheldon descendants were noted along with spouses. Then for completeness the spouses parents were also captured with the minimum of information. There was no ability to search for duplicate people being entered into the data which lead to over 3000 duplicate people in the data. While combing through the data and trying to merge duplicate people the name of Isaac King and Martha Smith came up 5 times. They were married to each other and neither was a direct descendent in the Sheldon tree. It turned out this couple had 5 daughters all who married into the Sheldon tree.
More recently while reading the "Ancestry of Earl Leslie Morgan Vol 2" it shows he had 9 daughter not just the 5 who married into the Sheldon family! Click on the link above to read for yourself. By finding another source of data showing the 5 lovely daughters, I feel more confident the data is correct.
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.
November 2018 updated.
Sheldon Family Association has a Facebook page. It is listed along with other genealogy Facebook pages in a listing I found a few days ago. I was amazed to learn there are over 32,000 facebook pages whoes focus is their families history. It is humbling to see our site is not unique on Facebook. You can look at them from the list attached below, along with the article. Click on the two links below to read the article and the second is the entire list of facebook genealogy sites.
If you are searching for a relative this list might get you to the exact state and county that has the exact info you need. Open the list above and click on a state name. It will take you to the correct page and then look for the county or city name that you desire.
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:
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.
GoFundMe for the Sheldon Store in Rupert, VT
From Frank S. Sheldon - 4 Dec 2018
The Sheldon Store has been a landmark in the area since the late 1800. From the link below you can see they are trying to preserve its existence and make it into an historical site and meeting place for the community. As you read they are looking for donations to buy and develop the site. They asked me if SFA could help in any way. I told them I would ask the Board if it would be possible to put the information on the SFA web page and Facebook. If there are any other ways the Association can help them I’m sure they would appreciate the suggestions.
For the link to help fund the Sheldon Store click on - Sheldon Store GoFundMe.
For an in depth discription of the information click on - Sheldon Store Rupert VT.
Did you know we have 631 "Rupert, VT" events in our SFA database? That includes 322 birth, 187 deaths and 63 marriages.