Welcome to the Chandler Family Association website. We invite you to browse our website and contact us with your questions and comments.
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We have over 600 members in 48 U.S. states plus Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Botswana, Barbados, New Zealand, and South Africa. Anyone with an interest in Chandler matters anywhere, any time, is welcome to join us. Membership details can be found on the Membership page.
|We are particularly interested in making contact with Chandlers who live in England or who have traced their ancestors to England, because England is the ancestral home of almost all Chandlers in the world, at least as far back as the 13th Century when hereditary surnames first came into use in the general population. Please see how we can help you with your Chandler research.||
The association has an award-winning newsletter, published three times annually, and our website was recently awarded a "Highly Commended" designation by the Federation of Family History Societies. The CFA Genealogy Panel is of great help to members and others researching their family trees. The Panel's work is supported by the CFA Lineages Database as well as records from the Chandler One-Name Study.
The CFA co-sponsors the very successful Chandler DNA Project, which has so far identified more than 60 genetically-distinct Chandler families. This website contains the stories of some of those genetic Chandler families, with more to be added. These stories are very interesting reading and may be of substantial help to researchers.
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Chandler Family Association Chapters
With a goal of enhancing communication and cooperation among researchers, members of genetically distinct Chandler families now have the opportunity to establish family chapters under the umbrella of the Chandler Family Association.
At its 2013 annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Chandler Family Association voted to extend its Objective, as stated in Article II of its Constitution, by the addition of a second paragraph, as follows:
“There may be as many as 150 genetically-distinct Chandler families (GDC families) in existence, many with members scattered around the world. Members of those GDCs will make most genealogical progress by interaction and research amongst themselves. A few such groups already exist, with members communicating and cooperating via email. These groups are not usually large enough to provide their own infrastructure (website, newsletters, membership and financial administration, database management etc.). The association aims to provide support to such groups. Operating as chapters of the association, these GDC groups are offered the ability to take advantage of the association’s infrastructure and standards, while focusing on research of their own genetic Chandler ancestry.”
We are delighted to announce that the Executive Committee has approved the first CFA chapter. It aims to support members researching genetic Chandler family #3 (descendants of Richard and Hezekiah Chandler born about 1771 VA and about 1775 NC respectively) and will be called CFA Chapter #3. The research director of Chapter #3 is CFA Vice President Vicki Chandler Watson - is her email address - and anyone interested in participating in this research is invited to contact her. It is not necessary to be a member of the CFA to participate in this chapter, although participants would, of course, be warmly welcomed to membership. Vicki herself is a member of genetic Chandler family #9 (descendants of William and Annis Chandler of Roxbury MA). It is Vicki’s husband Charles who is a member of genetic family #3, and Vicki feels that it is this line that is in greater need of research.
If you are interested in forming a new chapter of the CFA to assist in the research of your genetically distinct Chandler family, this requires the approval of the CFA Executive Committee. In the first instance, please write to CFA President Jim Light – is his email address – stating which genetic family the Chapter would research, identifying who you have identified so far to participate in the chapter, and who would be its research director. The research director will be the spokesperson for the chapter and the person who will ensure that any relevant CFA policies, standards and procedures are applied to the chapter’s work. At least one participant must be a CFA member.
The full Constitution and By-laws of the CFA can be viewed at http://chandlerfamilyassociation.org/bylaws.html.
Barry Jernigan is missing one of the books he brought to the Annual Meeting in Charlotte. It is Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds by Pauline Young (2004, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville, SC). If you were in Charlotte and have not yet looked in your meeting materials, please check to see if Barry's book might have been picked up accidentally. Write to Barry at . Thanks for sharing your books with all our Chandler researchers, Barry.
Chandler Immigrants to Virginia, 1610-1700
One of the many contributions to Chandler research made by Joseph Barron Chandler, Jr., was a series of articles in 2003/4 on “Chandlers to Virginia, 1610-1700.” This research work improved significantly on an earlier article on the same subject in 1999 by Harold Nelson Chandler, one of the founders of the CFA. Because of its continuing importance to Chandler researchers, especially in view of the work of the Chandler DNA project, Joe suggested more recently that the articles should be published on the CFA website to assist 21st century analysis. Necessary adaptations have now been made to make the three articles function as one webpage, and the material can be viewed at chandlers_to_virginia.html. In time, we plan to add notations on this page providing commentary resulting from new discoveries.
Did you know about the "Chandler Cup"?
The "Chandler Cup" is an annual golf tournament played at Pyecombe Golf Club in Sussex, England, in memory of Ernest Vivian Chandler (DNA Group 71), Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World in 1914 and a captain in the Royal Field Artillery during WWI.
Post-Meeting Website Updates
A number of changes have been made to this website following the 2013 Annual Meeting. Updated pages include:
2013 CFA Annual Meeting - September 13 and 14
It was a great weekend at the CFA 2013 Annual Meeting in Charlotte! There was a lot of research and sharing and meeting new "cousins," and we had a group dinner outdoors by the lake on Friday evening. Following the business meeting on Saturday everyone present gathered for a group photo. Visit our 2013 Annual Meeting page to see group photos and slide shows of snapshots from Friday and Saturday.
CFA Brochures and Information Sheet
Will you be attending a family reunion or a genealogy society meeting this summer? You can request copies of our professionally printed brochure to take to your meeting, or you can print copies at home of our new CFA Information Sheet. More information about both can be found on our Newsroom page. Keep the CFA Information Sheet in mind for any time you meet a prospective CFA member!
History and Variations of the Chandler Name
How much do you know about the Chandler name? The Chandler Name traces the history of the surname and lists spelling variations encountered in historic documents. Read more.
Request a CFA Newsletter
If you are or know of a prospective member of The Chandler Family Association who would like to receive a complimentary issue of our Newsletter, contact Claudia at .Claudia Brocato at Chandler Family Association dot org
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