I began my family history research in 1972, after the birth of my first child.  It has been and continues to be one of my greatest passions.  Our family histories connect us with past, present, and future generations.  Through dedicated research, our families bring not only the people back to life, but also events of the past.

It has been an incredible journey for me, and will continue to be so for as long as I live.  Leaving our stories behind for future generations is one of the greatest gifts we could ever leave behind.

As daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, my goal is to leave our families’ histories for them and for future generations.  History should be truth and never revised.  This view includes the people in our past, present, and future.  No person has ever been nor will ever be perfect.  We are humans who are allowed to make our own mistakes.  Some of our ancestors have been great people in history; others… not so great an asset to our country, but still a great asset to us, their descendants.  Embrace them, remember them, and, most importantly… love them.


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Family History Research Workbook by Karla J. Nelson


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  1. I have been researching our family tree and found this that you had written and had a few questions. Is there any way I might could contact you via email?

    1. My grandmother was a Shelton . They lived in Mississippi and then Texas. Any chance I get make a copy of the information you have. We have very similar information but yours is so professional looking.

      1. I have no issues with your copying any of this information. I would appreciate it, however, if you would credit me with the research/presentation, etc. Thanks ever so much, Kay, and happy hunting. I would love to find out how our families connect!

  2. Has anyone tried to join any of the Magna Carta descendants societies based on this information? Has anyone been successful? I can’t find any Shelton listed as a surety for the Magna Carta Barons. Could you please help? Thank you

  3. I have put my research on ancestry.com starting with my son Thomas Lorincz Shelton born 1987. I am wondering how to prove the parentage of Gentleman James Shelton who came to Virginia in 1610. There seems to be some controversy as to his actual father. What documentation is there that his father is one of the Lord Sheltons?

    1. This is a sticky subject. In a nut shell many sources say that James Shelton was not the son of Ralph Shelton the 26th lord of Shelton, and that there was no heir and the estate went to his half brother. But what I can’t understand is it is agreed that James Shelton sailed to America with his kinsman Lord de la Warr. His name is Thomas West. he was the great-grandson of Mary Boleyn (Anne Boleyn’s sister). Sir John Shelton was Anne Boleyn’s uncle. So it make sense that James would have been a kinsman to Thomas West, thus tied to the main Shelton line.

  4. There are so many mistakes in just the portions I read about my specific ancestors in this line. You really ought to put a disclaimer on your page somewhere. I think information I am finding in other places on the internet is pulling from this entry and perpetuating some bad information. When printing information like this you ought to always record your specific sources in a way that others can re-create it if necessary (sources being original documents not books or other family trees). I appreciate your passion, but as you say above, history should be TRUTH.

    1. Hi, Kim! Thanks for your input. I’d love to know exactly what mistakes there may be in my entries and will be happy to correct any you may find. I never put my sources online so that people won’t be as likely to just copy my info and use it as a source. Everyone needs to verify all information before they are satisfied that it is correct. I have verified all I have entered to the best of my ability. Please let me know what may need to be fixed, as I know that no person’s work is ever going to be perfect, not even mine. 😉

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