DONATE
Getting Started with Your Sheldon DNA2022-08-08T08:49:19-04:00

Getting started with Sheldon DNA Testing

The following is condensed and amended from the Kelly Wheaton’s Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy specifically for Sheldon Genealogy.

If you are a SHELDON or descended from a SHELDON you may have wondered about taking a DNA test, but then wondered which test, where should I take it, and finally why take a DNA test.

Let’s start with WHY take a DNA test? 

  • You want to prove you are descendant of a particular SHELDON.
  • You want to know which SHELDONs are related to you. Perhaps you want to share resources or learn more about your SHELDON origins.
  • You were born a SHELDON but haven’t a clue where your SHELDONs hark from and want to find out.
  • You wonder if your Dad was really your Dad. There may have been rumors and you want to know the truth.
  • Or someone gifted you a DNA kit and you are wondering what might turn up if you take it.
It’s here I must mention my caveat:
“If you don’t want to know the truth, don’t take a DNA test”.
DNA doesn’t care if you have a 20-generation family tree back to royalty or don’t know who your birth parents are, because you were adopted. DNA testing is a scientific tool that can reveal, ancestry, and relatives and reach back thousands of years. Sometimes DNA reveals that there was an NPE or Not Parentage Expected. We have at least a dozen in our Sheldon project and one forms a group of 4 individuals from the Birmingham area of England that connects with the MONTGOMERY family of Scotland. Sometime in the late 1600s or early 1700’s, a MONTGOMERY male fathered what was later known as a SHELDON male. It could have been an adoption, an unwed mother, etc. For our project, if you are named Sheldon we want you! There are no worries what happened in your past, we are happy to help connect you with your kin.
 

Okay so you have decided to take a test WHICH test should you take and where? 

This depends on your gender and what you want to find out.
If you are a SHELDON surnamed male then you should definitely start with a YDNA test. The range of prices are from $23 to confirm descent from a specific SHELDON family line at YSEQ.org for $23 at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) to a Big Y at FTDNA for $449 (sale as low as $379) which can tell you the specific SHELDON line, your closest matches. (The more Big Y tests we have been able to identify specific branches of SHELDONs.) In between those 2 options is where most people begin with a Y37 test at FTDNA for $119 (sale as low as $79) and joining the Sheldon DNA project. If you are a female and wish to confirm a Sheldon line you may test a Sheldon surnamed brother, father, uncle or male Sheldon surnamed cousin.
If you are a male or female with SHELDON ancestry and want to connect with matches to all parts if your family tree,  I recommend starting with an ANCESTRY DNA test $99 (sale as low as $59) and transferring the results to FTDNA which is free. Then join the Sheldon DNA project. It will cost you a nominal $19 to unlock your matches at FTDNA. In case you are wondering why test at ANCESTRY first, it’s the largest database of testers at over 20 million, and its the easiest result to use. It lacks some tools, but by uploading to FTDNA you get advanced tools and easier connection with Sheldon DNA Project members.
If you haven’t taken a test yet please click on our affiliate links (coming soon) which will cost you the same as ordering directly and give us a small stipend which we use to maintain our research and website.

Why You Should Consider DNA Testing

Test here about the benefits, guide to research

Warning! BEFORE You Test

Use Kelly’s text about NPE, be prepared for results you might not expect.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Facilisi morbi tempus iaculis urna id. Fringilla phasellus faucibus scelerisque eleifend donec. Arcu bibendum at varius vel pharetra vel turpis nunc. Diam quam nulla porttitor massa id neque aliquam vestibulum. Fames ac turpis egestas maecenas pharetra convallis posuere morbi. Egestas pretium aenean pharetra magna. Sed nisi lacus sed viverra tellus in hac habitasse platea. Ultrices eros in cursus turpis massa tincidunt dui. Egestas egestas fringilla phasellus faucibus scelerisque eleifend donec pretium. Fusce ut placerat orci nulla pellentesque dignissim enim sit amet. Amet commodo nulla facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu. In massa tempor nec feugiat nisl. In massa tempor nec feugiat nisl pretium fusce id velit. Nunc scelerisque viverra mauris in aliquam sem fringilla ut morbi. Placerat orci nulla pellentesque dignissim enim sit. Id porta nibh venenatis cras. Dignissim enim sit amet venenatis urna cursus eget nunc scelerisque.

Egestas diam in arcu cursus euismod. Congue mauris rhoncus aenean vel elit scelerisque. Etiam tempor orci eu lobortis elementum nibh tellus molestie. Iaculis urna id volutpat lacus laoreet non curabitur gravida. Ultrices gravida dictum fusce ut placerat orci nulla pellentesque dignissim. Amet purus gravida quis blandit turpis cursus. Blandit aliquam etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum. Vel risus commodo viverra maecenas accumsan lacus vel facilisis. Commodo viverra maecenas accumsan lacus vel facilisis volutpat est. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus vitae congue mauris. Pulvinar etiam non quam lacus. Massa sapien faucibus et molestie. Id eu nisl nunc mi ipsum faucibus. Ac tortor vitae purus faucibus ornare. Nunc non blandit massa enim nec dui. Posuere lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit. A condimentum vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Mattis enim ut tellus elementum sagittis vitae et leo duis. Interdum velit laoreet id donec ultrices tincidunt arcu.

Enim neque volutpat ac tincidunt. Aenean vel elit scelerisque mauris pellentesque. Ante in nibh mauris cursus mattis molestie. Sit amet tellus cras adipiscing enim eu turpis egestas pretium. Senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas maecenas. Pretium vulputate sapien nec sagittis aliquam malesuada. Tortor condimentum lacinia quis vel. Vulputate enim nulla aliquet porttitor lacus luctus accumsan. Magna etiam tempor orci eu lobortis elementum. Dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit duis tristique. Cursus metus aliquam eleifend mi. Tortor aliquam nulla facilisi cras fermentum odio eu feugiat. Odio euismod lacinia at quis risus sed vulputate. Est sit amet facilisis magna etiam. At consectetur lorem donec massa sapien. Placerat vestibulum lectus mauris ultrices eros in.

Blandit libero volutpat sed cras ornare arcu dui vivamus. Arcu cursus vitae congue mauris rhoncus aenean vel. Id leo in vitae turpis massa sed elementum tempus. Non tellus orci ac auctor augue mauris. In hac habitasse platea dictumst vestibulum rhoncus est. Ac auctor augue mauris augue neque gravida in fermentum et. Volutpat lacus laoreet non curabitur gravida arcu. Risus quis varius quam quisque id diam. Aliquam faucibus purus in massa tempor nec feugiat nisl pretium. Elementum sagittis vitae et leo duis. Turpis egestas pretium aenean pharetra magna ac.

Cras adipiscing enim eu turpis. Molestie ac feugiat sed lectus. Est ultricies integer quis auctor. Magna sit amet purus gravida quis blandit turpis cursus in. Enim diam vulputate ut pharetra sit amet. Elementum nisi quis eleifend quam adipiscing. Sed cras ornare arcu dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Vitae et leo duis ut diam quam nulla. Egestas sed sed risus pretium quam. Porttitor leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id. Egestas fringilla phasellus faucibus scelerisque eleifend.

Testing on A Budget

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Condimentum id venenatis a condimentum. Duis convallis convallis tellus id interdum velit laoreet id donec. Dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit. Id consectetur purus ut faucibus pulvinar elementum integer. Montes nascetur ridiculus mus mauris vitae ultricies. Eros donec ac odio tempor orci dapibus ultrices in iaculis. Morbi non arcu risus quis varius quam quisque. Id aliquet risus feugiat in. Dis parturient montes nascetur ridiculus mus mauris vitae ultricies. Tristique et egestas quis ipsum suspendisse ultrices gravida. Vestibulum sed arcu non odio. Duis at consectetur lorem donec. Aliquam id diam maecenas ultricies mi eget.

Which Testing is Right For You

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Condimentum id venenatis a condimentum. Duis convallis convallis tellus id interdum velit laoreet id donec. Dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit. Id consectetur purus ut faucibus pulvinar elementum integer. Montes nascetur ridiculus mus mauris vitae ultricies. Eros donec ac odio tempor orci dapibus ultrices in iaculis. Morbi non arcu risus quis varius quam quisque. Id aliquet risus feugiat in. Dis parturient montes nascetur ridiculus mus mauris vitae ultricies. Tristique et egestas quis ipsum suspendisse ultrices gravida. Vestibulum sed arcu non odio. Duis at consectetur lorem donec. Aliquam id diam maecenas ultricies mi eget.

For specific recommendations and help contact us at dna@sheldongenealgy.org

Go to Top