About the SFA

A Few Words

A Brief History

1935 – In The Beginning… Well, this is the way many stories begin. There was a small group of people named Stiles and they decided it would be great to gather together to compare notes on their respective families. They would get together on a Saturday in the summer and have a meeting and a picnic. Everyone chipped in and they had a great time. As time went by, this group grew until it included people from New York , Massachusetts , Connecticut , and New Jersey . The group in the Northeast met on a weekend – optimum time for including both adults and children. The records show that they sometimes gathered for a meal in a restaurant. On other occasions, the meal was like a “covered dish luncheon” with everyone contributing to the lunch or supper. They gathered in places in which their ancestors had resided.


Written by
Thelma Stiles Malecek for 2005 SFA newsletter

Who We Are

The Stiles Family of America and Affiliated Families, Inc. is a national non-profit 501(c)7 organization that was founded on October 12, 1935 at the first reunion of the Connecticut Family of Stiles in Windsor, Connecticut. That year marked the 300th anniversary of the first recorded Stiles family who sailed from England and settled what would become Connecticut.


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We encourage you to join the Stiles Family of America (SFA). Membership includes the following:

  • A twice-yearly newsletter, with news about SFA
  • Projects, family histories, announcements of
    upcoming events, hints and tips for research, and contacts for your Stiles genealogical research.
  • Invitation to our Annual Meeting
  • Members Only access to our Newsletters archive, Scholarships, historical documents, genealogies, and other important historical resources.