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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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