Work of Dr. Mike Sheldon - Introduction

This page is part of an archive of the work of Dr. Mike Sheldon from his closed website.

INTRODUCTION to the Sheldon Genealogy web site

Finding your way around

This web site has four main areas in which information about the world-wide Sheldon family may be found. All pages are also listed on the site map.

  • Site Map: This includes a list of all the pages on the site and a searching facility to find any words included anywhere on the site. (note: the search capability does not work on the wiki arhicve)
  • General Interest: This index will guide you to the pages about people and places which will be of interest to Sheldon researchers. See the section below for further infomration.
  • Georgraphical Areas: We have divided up the world into four main areas of interest and seek to build up a picture of the Sheldons around the world. See the index below.
  • Databases: Collections of raw data from census, Parish Registers, or personal family histories
  • Contributors: We invite all who are researching the Sheldon family world wide to send us their family trees in order to make the available here on-line.

Pages of general interest

  • Sheldon surname
  • Sheldon Tapestries
  • Famous Sheldons
  • Pilgrim Fathers: this page only included a link to the US Sheldon Family Association,
  • Sheldon coat of arms: This page was under construction
  • Emigration around the world: This page included a request for suggestions

Geographical divisions

In order to divide up this web site we have used the following geographical divisions to present the data. Obviously at this stage the United Kingdom area will be the main focus of intention, but as other contributions contact us so these other areas will become more populated with Sheldons

  • USA (Pilgrim Fathers): All of the Sheldon families in the USA who were descended from the four original Pilgrim Fathers are covered by the Sheldon Asssociation. This link describes the Sheldon Family Association of the USA. [This page links to the information page of the Sheldon Family Association]
  • All other North America: There have been many other Sheldon emigrants to North America, especially in the 1800s. All "non-Pilgrim Father" Sheldons included here. [This page only included a call for information]
  • United Kingdom: The main focus of this web site, again divided into local areas where Sheldons have originated from.
  • Europe: We have virtually no information at this stage about Sheldon families in Europe, but please contact us if you have any information.
  • Australasia: Many Sheldons have emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, and so these pages will contain details about them. [This page only included a call for information.]
  • Rest of the world: Lastly we have a section for anyone else around the world. [This page only included a call for information].

Numbering systems

Everyone uses a diferent numbering system in their own genealogical research. For the data on this site included by MGS (Mike Sheldon), the following numbering system has been used:

  • FTM number: This is a sequential number given to every person entered on my Family Tree Maker database. I start at 10001 with myself, and then every new person is given the next number. This is unique to me but gives a way of identifying everyone who appears on this web site.
  • Family number - at birth: The birth family number appears as A0894 for a Sheldon family, or N0086 for the family of a Sheldon spouse. This number identifies the family unit into which each child is born. It will of course be the Marriage family number of the child's parents.
  • Family Number - at marriage: When a Sheldon marries, they acquire their second number which is the Marriage Family Number. This is in the same format as the birth family number - A0894. All of the children of this family have this as their birth number, and will themselves in time also acquire a marriage number when they get married and start their own family.

David Sheldon 10127: A0477/A0478 (T002)
Thus, as an example, David Sheldon (my great great grandfather) was given an FTM accession number of 10127 be me as he was entered in my Family Tree Maker database . He was born in 1830 to Thomas and Elizabeth Sheldon whose Marriage Family Number was A0477, and so this is the Birth Family Number of David. In 1851 he married Ann Maria Newton (FTM 10128 and Birth Family Number N0010) and they became Marriage Family Number A0478, and their children all acquired this number as their Birth Family Number. Finally all of these details are contained in a Family Tree page of this web site to which is given the identifying number of T002. This link will take you to that page.

How the data is stored

Most, if not all of the data displayed on this web site appears as html text within a page, and so can be viewed, copied or downloaded in this format

In order to assist downloading, many pages are also stored in PDF format and so can be read by an Adobe Reader, obtainable free from their web site.

Some times large tables of data have been stored in other types of databases, but on this site these will all be available in Excel spreadsheet format to ensure a wider compatibility.

Finally many family histories may be in Gedcom format which is a standard for the exchange of genealogical information

How you can contribute

Note: This last section is still included as part of the historical record of the original website. However, my sentiments are the same as Dr. Sheldon. Like the original site, my wiki is made with the intent of offering Sheldon information free to everyone and I also hope that other Sheldon researchers will share the information found.

As with all genealogical research it is important to verify any facts from as many alternate sources as possible. Much of the original information has to be researched at its source, or purchased from on-line resources and so is not available free on the internet. Our aim is to provide as many free resources as possible, and then indicate where other information may be found.

We encourage all genuine Sheldon researchers to contribute their material to this site so that we may all benefit from each others efforts. We will not enter into any correspondence with informal enquirers, but if you are genuinely researching some part of the Sheldon family, and will contribute your own resources, then we can enter into a dialogue for mutual benefit. To make comments, corrections and to add material please contact the webmaster (moc.loa|nodlehsekimrd#moc.loa|nodlehsekimrd)


Obviously we have made every attempt to verify the accuracy of information on this site, but as with all genealogical data it can be wrong due to mistakes in transcription. We cannot be held responsible if data is used without these usual caveats about accuracy.

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