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Welcome. The Chandler Family Association is dedicated to increasing knowledge of the heritage and genealogy of Chandlers and Chandler descendants worldwide. We invite you to browse our website and contact us with your questions and comments.

We have almost 700 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.

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Chandler DNA Project
Chandler Name
Chandler Research in the UK
Chapters (new in 2014)
Genealogy Panel
Genetic Chandler Families
Lineages Database (CFALD)

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 100 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.

Move your mouse pointer over the compass image on any page for navigation options. For a guide to all the pages on the site, visit the Site Index.

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Sadly, five members of our UK Tour group have had to cancel their participation in the tour. The good news is that this provides opportunities for five more CFA members to travel to the UK in May 2016. The five cancellations include one couple who has had unexpected expenses, another couple who will be moving next spring, and the male half of a couple who has decided he is not up to the trip. The accommodations available due to these cancellations include two double rooms, which can be booked by a couple or two friends, and the possibility for a female to share a room with another female. Don't miss your chance to get in on this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Visit the UK Tour page for all necessary information.

Autumn Newsletter
The Autumn 2015 Newsletter went out to the email list on Sunday, November 15. The printed copies will be mailed as quickly as our printer can get them ready. We will keep you updated here. If you would like to change from a printed copy to faster email delivery, contact Helen at

New Chapter 7A JRR-Joseph brings total chapters to 5!
We now have five CFA chapters! The newest one, Chapter 7A JRR-Joseph, was authorized at the Executive Committee meeting in Louisville.

The first CFA chapter was Chapter 3 (descendants of Richard Chandler born 1751), and the second, Chapter 13, was formed when the Edmund Chandler Family Association, merged with the CFA.

The formation of Chapter 18, our third chapter, was announced in the summer newsletter. The Group 18 family, historically located in southeast England, lists six England-born Chandler ancestors.

Chapter 8, which is just getting started, lists two earliest ancestors: Robert Chawner born 1590 in Leicestershire, England, and Robert Chandler born 1775 in North Carolina, USA.

Our newest chapter will focus on a sub-group of 7A. JRR-Joseph is a shorthand way of referring to John Chandler born 1600 in England, his son and grandson, both named Robert and born in Virginia, and his great-grandson Joseph, born 1695 Virginia. CFA Vice President Glenn Chandler will serve as research director of Chapter 7A JRR-Joseph.

We had a great time in Louisville!
2015 CFA Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration, Louisville, Kentucky

About 75 members and guests gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, for the CFA's 25th Anniversary Celebration and 2015 Annual Meeting.

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See photos from the 2015 meeting by Claudia Chandler Brocato and Joan Chandler Knowles on the Meetings page, plus links to our CFA Shutterfly page, to Norm Ribble's 52-picture slideshow, and to 32 photos from Sharon Maloney!

If you have photos from the meeting to share, email a link where they may be viewed or email photos to .

The Chandlery
Have you visited The Chandlery section of our website lately? We have a new 25th Anniversary travel mug available for purchase, plus reduced prices on some items! The 25th Anniversary travel mug was produced in a limited quantity and was a gift to each CFA member attending the 25th anniversary meeting. The remaining mugs are available for purchase for only $4 each, including USA shipping. Once these are gone, there will never be more 25th anniversary mugs. Visit the Merchandise page and the Publications page to see CFA items available for purchase.

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 .

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