May 2019 President’s Tidbits
From Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2019 Reunion Schedule!!!!!!
Here are the tentative plans…..

Wednesday, 9/18
4 pm Board meeting - open to all at the hotel
Dinner - on your own
7:30 - 9 pm welcome reception at the hotel with dessert/coffee (decaf!) and local wine

Thursday, 9/19
Free day to sightsee, shop, research
Dinner on your own or in groups

Friday, 9/20
Group outing/carpooling to St Louis, leave the hotel at 9 am
10:00 tour Sheldon Concert Hall
11:15 tour Central Library, see books by Walter Sheldon
12:15 - 3:00ish Gateway Arch/lunch/tour museum/ride to the top of the Arch
    (purchase your tickets online for the top of the Arch)
Afternoon plans may also include stopping at the Cathedral Basilica to see the wonderful
    mosaics or at Ted Drewes for St Louis' favorite frozen custard treats
Dinner on your own

Saturday, 9/21
9 am -10:30 SFA Annual Meeting at the hotel (open to all)
Free day to sightsee, shop, research
6:00, Dinner at Tony's on Main.

Sunday 9/22
Breakfast at the hotel
Safe journey home.


Reminder: Go to our website Sheldonfamily.org/reunions page and "Reserve Your Spot" to register online, or to the latest SFA Quarterly for a registration form.

April 2019 President’s Tidbits

 Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

SFA Reunion 2019, St Charles, Missouri

Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept 22

Best Western Plus "The Charles Hotel"

1425 South Fifth Street, St Charles, MO 63301

St. Charles, Missouri was founded in 1769 as Les Petites Cotes ("The Little Hills") by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette. The Spanish government controlled the Mississippi Valley between 1762-1800, and for a dozen years "The Little Hills" became "San Carlos Borromeo." Lewis and Clark met here on the banks of the Missouri River to begin their westward expedition in 1804. Shortly thereafter, the city became known as "Saint Charles."

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Genealogy research often involves a search for people who disappeared for many reasons including epidemics.  Worldwide and in America in 1918, influenza caused more people to be hospitalized during WWI from this epidemic than wounds.  US Army training camps became death camps, with an 80% death rate in some camps. (Source: Genealogy Quest:  American Epidemics)

Have you checked out the new SFA website?  A new item has been added to the Resources - Hot Topics section.  It is an article about the notion of names being changed when immigrants were entering at Ellis Island.  Check out this new article and all the information on the new SFA website at sheldonfamily.org.

from Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
Get out your 2019 calendar and an ink pen.  The 2019 SFA Reunion will be in St. Louis, Missouri, from September 18-22.  St. Louis is often called the Gateway City with many great landmarks.  Forest Park was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and now has a famous zoo.  Standing tall and gleaming is the Gate Way Arch, so be sure to take a ride to the top for glorious views.  If you enjoy plants, you will want to experience the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden.  This Reunion could be a great family vacation!  More information will be coming!

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Happy New Year!  According to the 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac, the year ahead will have some fascinating trends.  Examples include pet doors operated with microchips to allow entry only to authorized animals; older collectors will crave nostalgia and younger buyers will seek simple technology such as rotary phones, film cameras, and manual typewriters; and DNA kits will help us choose foods based on genetics.  In addition, people will have self-imposed smartphone-free time periods.

from Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D.

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Our new web site is now on-line!!!  Go to sheldonfamily.org.  Please check out the new organization, the new faster server, and even the refreshed picture of H.O. Sheldon.  A super new feature is that researchers will be able to search years of previous newsletters, Board Minutes, and Quarterlies as all these files are now searchable pdf files.  Our new web site is mobile accessible too.  A special feature for mobile users are the “Read more...” buttons on longer articles.  Please remember if you are using the Stripe payment feature on our new web site, you will need to start a new Stripe account. Yes, there are likely to be a few “fix-its” as with many complex new items, but check it out. 

It is with great pleasure I share, that as SFA President, I have appointed Marvin Parsons as our SFA Webmaster and he has agreed to be our “Webmaster in Training.”  This title is his idea as he is learning Joomla, our new web site program, and knows it will take some time to become proficient.  Thank you Marvin for stepping up to this important position.

Meet our two new SFA Board Members!

From:  Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D., Interim President

The 2018 SFA Reunion is coming and plans are being made for it to be an event!  SFA members voted for the topics to be presented by three talented speakers.  The Reunion will be from September 30 to October 4. The location is Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mark your calendars and call the hotel to make a reservation.  Call the Plaza Hotel at 801-521-0130 or 800-366-3684.  Please mention you are part of SFA.  Call TODAY!!!

This is a “did you know?” Sheldon moment.  Did you know that Noritake produced a china pattern called Sheldon?  The Sheldon pattern was produced between 1957-1962.  It is described as having white flowers with an aqua rim on a coupe shape.  While it is discontinued, it is available at  www.Replacements.com or by calling 1-800-757-5223.  A 5 piece place setting is priced at $37.99 and additional serving and replacement items are available.

Just the facts!  This is the famous statement from the old television series of Dragnet with Joe Friday  making this statement.  Well, here are some current SFA facts.  Since I became the SFA Interim  President, some offices and committees have gone unfilled.  Some leaders have taken on double jobs to keep the association running.  In the past few months I have shared with members the need for  leadership.  We have members who have given dedicated service for several years and now want to be replaced.  We have offices and committees that need to be filled.  We have a history of leadership by members who volunteer their time, talents, and energy.  Please give me a call at 916-944-3553, or  contract me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Leaders are imperative for the SFA to continue.

  1. The 2018 Sheldon Family Association Reunion is coming!  The location is Salt Lake City, Utah, the home of great genealogy research opportunities! Three speakers have been scheduled!  The Reunion is scheduled for September 30 to October 4. To make a reservation at the Plaza Hotel, call 801-521-0130 or 800-366-3684.  Please mention you are part of SFA.
  2. It is time to step up and share your talents.  Yes, indeed, SFA members are needed to provide leadership and talents.  We will be having an election and need members to serve as Vice President, Webmaster, and many committee members.  This is a membership driven group and members are needed to provide their time and skills.  Please contact me (Betty) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 916-944-3553 for more information.
  3. Do you use Roots Magic for your genealogy program?  If so, Marvin Parsons would like you to contact him.  He is looking for a couple of detail people to help him find and fix duplicate people and to do specific clean-up tasks.  Please contact Marvin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. Have you checked out our revised web page?  Thanks go to Bob Halstead.  Check out the newly revised DNA information.  More DNA information will be in future issues of the SFA Quarterly. 
  1. This is a one-time-only offer.  Do not delay if you are interested.  Wayne Nelson has found a limited number of reprints of Sheldon Magazines, a 6-volume set.  First, please read a comprehensive informative article on http://sheldonfamily.org/sheldonmag.  Then if interested, contact Wayne Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Wayne will confirm availability and explain limitations.  A set of reprints is $36.00, including postage.

Betty Shelden Knopf, President
Sheldon Family Association

The 2018 SFA Reunion is coming and plans are being made for it to be an event!  SFA members voted for the topics to be presented by three talented speakers.  The Reunion will be from September 30 to October 4. The location is Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mark your calendars and call the hotel to make a reservation.  Call the Plaza Hotel at 801-521-0130 or 800-366-3684.  Please mention you are part of SFA.  Call TODAY!!!
 
Members have asked about making donations to the Allen County Public Library.  Any gifts, whether they are one-time gifts or designations within a trust/will, should be given to the ACPL Foundation and specify that the gift is restricted for support of the Genealogy Center.  The ACPL Foundation is a separate 501(c)3.  For further help call Stephanny Smith at 260-421-1265 or go to acpl.lib.in.us/home/about/foundation.
 
If you are 70.5 years old, or older, and need to make Required Minimum Distributions from your retirement program, check with your accountant about making a tax-free donation directly from your retirement account to your favorite 501(c)3 charity organization.
 
FindAGrave.com is a commonly used free search program.  A new version of the program has been developed and the old version will be “retired soon.”  The new program claims to support new devices and includes many video tutorials. 
 
An hour well spent!  Amy Johnson Crow and Kurt Witcher give many useable suggestions and examples of how to organize and save your research and memorabilia for the next generation.  https://www.rootstech.org/video/how-not-to-leave-your-genealogy-behind 
 
Sheldon photos were found in an album at a flea market and were sent to Rose Newton for the SFA.   Are these people your family members?  The photos will be scanned and posted on the SFA website.  To claim, contact Bob Halstead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From:  Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D.

Have you noticed the circled X’s that appear on the 1940 US Federal Census?  What do they mean?
(Answer at the bottom of these Tidbits….)

Check your calendars.  Get a pen (not a pencil).  Write, in ink, the 2018 SFA Reunion in Salt Lake City from September 30 to October 4.  To make a hotel reservation, call the Plaza Hotel at 801-521-0130 or 800-366-3684.  Please mention you are part of SFA. 

MORE pictures that could be of your family…….Please check the photos posted on the SFA website.

From:  Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D., Interim President
It's now officially summer….
Let us start with good news…..
1. The Board has asked the ACPL to create a link on its website to the Sheldon Family Association’s website for access to past SFA Quarterlies.  The library has agreed to do this.
2.  A member of SFA has contacted me willing to help our association.  I hope to hear from more of you!!!
3.  Do you know the average temperatures in September and October in Salt Lake City?
The high in September is 79 and the low is 58.  The high in October is 66 and low is 48. 
This weather information is an encouragement to make plans to attend our 2018 SFA Reunion. 
To make a hotel reservation, call the Plaza Hotel at 801-521-0130 or 800-366-3684.  Please mention you are part of SFA.   A registration form was found in our last SFA Quarterly and is on our website. 
Registration Form

4.  This is your Utah trivia opportunity, 
                a.  Utah is known as the ____________State.
                b.  What is the one-word state motto?
                C.  What kind of material is sculpted in Park City’s annual sculpture contest?

From:  Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D.
            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 916-944-3553

August 2018
In the morning, I often scan a page in USA TODAY titled State-by-State. I enjoy reading tidbits of what is happening around our nation.  In the July 26, 2018 issue, the page included an article titled “Project will digitize, preserve slave deeds.”  In North Carolina, $300,000.00 was given to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to fund the expansion of a project to digitize nearly 10,000 slave deeds and bills of sale from 26 counties across the state.  Once digitized, the records will go into a searchable database accessible to the public.  This is a massive and complicated project and will be modeled after a slave deeds project started in 2012.  Speaking of records…..the SFA Reunion this year will be in Salt Lake City, from September 30-October 4. Salt Lake City is a world-recognized source of genealogical records.
The group rate for the Plaza Hotel ends on August 30.  
Call the hotel at 800-366-3684 or 801-521-0130 

Multi-state Trivia.

  1. What big river’s name means “big river”?
  2. What mighty river begins at Point Park in Pittsburgh?
  3. What eastern metropolis is situated on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers?
  4. What river, famous in a Stephen Foster song, originates in the Okefenokee Swamp?
  5. In the 1960s the US and Mexico built an artificial riverbed to prevent what river from shifting course?
  6. John Wesley Powell, who explored the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in the 1860s, had what notable handicap?