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About the study
The Sheldon Family Association was founded in 1939 for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and perpetuating the history of, the Sheldon/Shelden family in the USA. For more information on the SFA, visit www.sheldonfamily.org.
The Sheldon Family Association was founded in 1939 for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and perpetuating the history of, the Sheldon/Shelden family in the USA. For more information on the SFA, visit www.sheldonfamily.org. We are cooperating with the FTDNA testing site to study the DNA of Sheldon descendants in order to attempt to discover common ancestors. The goal of the project is to see if DNA testing can discover a link between the early Sheldon Ancestors or Progenitors. Particularly useful is the testing of men with the surname 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 FTDNA for the 25 or 37 marker test. The objectives: 1) Identify the DNA of the original 4 or 5 Colonial Sheldons. 2) Determine if any of the original 4 or 5 Colonial Sheldons are related. 3) Assist members in proving their relationship to one or more of the 4 or 5 original Colonial Sheldons. 4) Determine the English ancestry of the original 4 or 5 original Colonial Sheldons. 5) Encourage greater participation in the SFA DNA project by our members and our English cousins.
A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. They are of the most interest in cultures where surnames are passed on from father to son like the Y-Chromosome. This project is for males taking a Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test. Thus, the individual who tests must be a male who wants to check his direct paternal line (father's father's father's...) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA37, Y-DNA67, or Y-DNA111 test and who has one of the surnames listed for the project. Females do not carry their father's Y-DNA. Females who would like to check their father's direct paternal line can have a male relative with his surname order a Y-DNA test. Females can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNAPlus test or the mtFullSequence test and participate in an mtDNA project. Both men and women may take our autosomal Family Finder test to discover recent relationships across all family lines.
Surnames In This Project