May 2019 President’s Tidbits
From Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D. ()

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 page and "Reserve Your Spot" to register online, or to the latest SFA Quarterly for a registration form.

Top 15 Most Popular Search Engines: Try some new research options with some unique names.

Google, Bing, Yahoo Search, Baidu, I Ask, Aol Search, DuckDuckGo, WolframAlpha, Yandex, WebCrawler, Search, dogpile, Ixquick, excite, Info (Source: eBizMBA Guide, January 2019)

A golden sesquicentennial: The Transcontinental Railroad was the most daring engineering effort of its time. Many said it could not be done. The challenge was to join East and West by building a railroad across most of the continent and some of the most rugged land in our country. The Union Pacific Railroad started building west from Omaha, Nebraska, in 1863. The Central Pacific Railroad built east from San Francisco. The plan was to meet somewhere in the middle.
Construction took six years and a total of 20,000 men. Many workers were immigrants from China and Ireland who worked long hours for one or two dollars a day. Track was laid across the vast prairie, the hot desert, and steep mountain heights. Tracks crossed one river thirty-one times.
On May 10, 1869, the two tracks finally met at Promontory Point, Utah. Officials hammered in the last spike. It was a golden spike with the inscription, “May God continue the unity of our Country as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world.” The transcontinental railroad was the first in the world to cross a continent. (Source: The American Patriot’s Almanac by W.J. Bennett and J. T. Cribb, 2010.)
The Golden Spike National Historical Site, about 90 miles from northwest of Salt Lake City, is open for visitors from May to October. There is a replica of a vintage locomotive and reenactments of the moment when Leland Stanford drove in the ceremonial golden spike. (Source: AAA VIA-Winter 2019, page 37.)

What Is the Genealogical Proof Standard?

“The Genealogical Proof Standard is a guideline for establishing the reliability (proof) of a genealogical conclusion with reasonable certainty. It is important within the genealogical community for clearly communicating the quality of research performed, such as by a professional genealogist. It is also useful for helping new genealogists understand what is needed to do high-quality research.”
The Board for Certification of Genealogists states that to reach a sound conclusion all five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard must be met. They are:
1. a reasonably exhaustive research
2. complete and accurate source citations.
3. analysis and correlation of the collected information
4. resolution of any conflicting evidence.
5. a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion
(Source: Billions of Graves, April 2019.)

A Shelden and Sheldon Lunch: The Sheldon Family Association gave us the connection and checking our calendars via emails made lunch date happen. On March 19, I met the three daughters of George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS (1934-2013). Anne, “Betsy”, and Julia all live very near me in Sacramento and they are immensely proud of their father’s many many accomplishments in writing medical articles and books; being a medical educator; being a surgical leader and more. Please take a moment an look at this remarkable Sheldon’s obituary at .

These three Sheldon sister were so gracious to share their Sheldon family connections with me, and then presented me with two lovely pewter cups from his estate. The cups were made by the President Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. They are approximately 3.5 inches tall and approximately 2.5 inches wide. They are monogramed with Sheldon crest and the words “HOPE SHELDON.” I have chosen to auction of these two lovely gifts at our Reunion in St. Louis.!!! (Sorry, no email bids.)


Please remember to make your hotel reservation and 2019 Reunion Registration.
Check out the Quarterly and the SFA website for more information or Register online using "Reserve Your Spot" button.