Sheldon DNA Project

  • 201 members

About us


Combines the latest in genetic genealogy testing with more traditional genealogy research to unlock the secrets of our SHELDON forbears and their origins.

As of this writing in August 2020 we have over 181 members. We currently have 6 DNA defined Y groups with some additional singletons.During the course of the project to date YDNA testing has confirmed that SHELDON immigrants fall into these groups---each group will share a common ancestor although who/where the common ancestor, is yet to be determined:

Group A1: John (8) SHELDON of Pawtuxet and Providence RI,  AND Bakewell, Derbyshire, England Haplogroup E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674>FGC7343
Group A2: Richard (22) and Godfrey (4) SHELDON of Maine and MA AND Bakewell, Derbyshire, England Haplogroup E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674> FGC73449
Group B1: Issac SHELDON (5) of Windsor CT  R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>BY12505>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC74427
Group B2: John (13) of Kingston, RI  All are Haplogroup R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>BY12505>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC73741
Group C: Unknown Haplogroup R1b not related to Group B in the last 1000 years.
Group D: Warwickshire Haplogroup R1b Predicted M269>L21>DF13> Z39589>DF41> MC21 (S15663- ) 
Group E: Warwickshire England Haplogroup I
Group F: of Argyllshire, Scotland and more recently Birmingham area, Warwickshire, England. Related to Clan Montgomery. Haplogroup J > M172>L26>PF7413.

Our success to date has been in combing 3 immigrants in Group A and  2 immigrants in Group B and in locating a matching SHELDON in England to the Derbyshire Group A SHELDONs. We hope more DNA testing of SHELDONs in England will establish more connections and especially confirm origins for groups B-F.  If you are a SHELDON male from England please contact the administrator for information on possible testing subsidies.

YDNA testing is only useful to our project for males bearing the surname SHELDON.

For both men and women having SHELDON ancestors a Family Finder test may provide insight and we welcome that as well.

Please visit us on FACEBOOK  at SHELDON FAMILY GENEALOGY for help with genealogy and DNA questions.

SHELDON DNA Project Privacy Statement As Administrator and Co-administrators of this Project we give priority to protecting your privacy and to the confidentiality of your personal data. In particular we will not publish your name, e-mail address or other contact details, or share this information with any other project member or other person or organization without your specific written approval. The only personal data we hold is that relevant to meeting the published goals of our Project, and which has been made available to us by DNA testing companies, in the same format as they make it available to you, or which you have given us direct by e-mail or by post. We hold this data indefinitely or until you request its deletion, and publish anonymized data at least  on our Project website where you may see its current status. You may also request a more updated version direct from the Project Administrator. We will be pleased to correct any errors in your personal data that you bring to our attention. At your request at any time we will promptly remove your data from our project files. However we cannot retrieve data that has previously been posted in the public domain. In our administration of this project we endeavor to comply with the most recent guidance issued by ISOGG ( and by FTDNA (, and with the Genetic Genealogy Standards ( We endeavor to respond promptly to any queries or complaints you may make about our handling of your personal data for this Project. However you should be aware that some of your concerns may be better forwarded direct to the relevant DNA testing company.