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The Chandler Family  Association

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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 over 700 members in 49 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 more than 80 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. A search box that will search the entire site for your keyword or phrase is available at the bottom of this page and on the Site Index page.

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American Air Museum in Britain
An interactive archive of images and information
The American Air Museum website is dedicated to recording the stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who found themselves serving their country from the UK during the Second World War. At its peak strength in 1944, the USAAF employed 450,000 Americans in Britain. Most of us will immediately think of fighter pilots or bomber crews, but the majority of USAAF’s men and women were engaged on a much wider range of tasks, all of which were necessary to keep the aircraft flying. Nearly 30,000 never made it home. The site, which has just been launched by the Imperial War Museum, needs help to tell the stories, both of the members of the USAAF who served in the UK during the Second World War and of the memories of British people who befriended them.

CFA Vice Presidents meet in England
After attending our 2014 meeting in Dunwoody, Georgia, our vice president for Australasia, Sue Davis, traveled to England for research and visiting with cousins. While in England, Sue got together for lunch in the New Forest area of Hampshire with Errol Chandler and his wife, another Sue. This was the first time Sue Davis and Errol had met in person, and it was the first time Errol, a member of Group 71, had met another CFA member other than those he has recruited from the UK. Joining them for lunch were Allison Shelley of the village of Dibden Purlieu, near Southampton, Hampshire, and her partner, Keith Farmer. Allison is a CFA member and member (along with Sue Davis) of Group 7C.
Errol Chandler, left, and Sue Chandler Davis,
both new CFA vice presidents, met for the first
time over lunch on Saturday, September 20.

Dick Chandler, another member of Group 7C but unfortunately not present in Hampshire for lunch, says the name "New Forest" came about because the area was appropriated by William the Conqueror about 13 years after his conquest of England, and it became known to his followers as the King's new (hunting) forest. It was first recorded as "Nova Foresta" in Domesday Book in 1086.


Sue Davis took this photograph of her lunch companions. Allison Shelly and Keith Farmer are at left, with Sue and Errol Chandler at right.

2014 Annual Meeting - Dunwoody, Georgia
September 12 and 13

Click on the group photo above to see a much larger image. See more photos on the Meetings page and view a slideshow on our Shutterfly site with even more photos.



Three new CFA VPs Elected
In its first membership-wide election the Chandler Family Association unanimously elected three new vice presidents. Last year the membership of the CFA approved changes to the by-laws governing the election process so that all members would be able to cast their votes via email or traditional mail. In this first election since the change to the by-laws, three new vice presidents were proposed, and they were elected unanimously. Elected were Carol May, vice president and Chandler DNA Project co-administrator; Errol Chandler, vice president, United Kingdom; and Susan Chandler Davis, vice president, Australasia. Each of these new VPs has already been actively making contributions to the advancement of the CFA, and we heartily welcome their addition to the Executive Committee.


Calling U.K. Chandlers
England is the homeland of almost all Chandler families, and the CFA would like to investigate ancestral connections with Chandlers living there. As part of an effort to make contact with Chandlers in the United Kingdom, the CFA will do a mail-out this summer to 500 Chandlers in England, who probably have cousins all over the world.  To provide the best information about Chandler genealogy and the CFA to our English cousins, we are posting the Summer 2014 CFA Newsletter on this website as a complimentary download. Other visitors to our website may also take advantage of the opportunity to read this Special Expanded Issue of the newsletter. Download the 2014 Summer Newsletter.



Have you visited our Gallery pages lately?
Take some time to explore - our photo gallery pages are well worth visiting! Access the Gallery by clicking the link above or the Gallery button in the navigation column at left on every page. Gallery pages with new photos include Chandler Sightings, Chandler Graves, and Chandler Memories. CFA Chapter 3 now has its own designated photo page.

Dues Reminder for CFA Members
CFA members, please remember that your dues ($20 annually) are payable as of September 1 each year. If you joined the CFA during the months of October – December of 2013, or anytime in 2014, you do not need to renew your membership until September of 2015. If you are unsure of the status of your membership, please contact Helen at 901-355-5614 or . Go to the
Membership page for information on paying by mail or with PayPal.

Edmund Chandler Family Association merges with CFA
A warm CFA welcome to the members of the Edmund Chandler Family Association who have agreed to merge with the Chandler Family Association. The Edmund Chandler Family (genetic Chandler family 13) will become the second family chapter in the CFA and will be known within the association as the Edmund Chandler Family, Chapter 13. Members of genetic Chandler family 13 are believed to be descendants of Edmund Chandler, who was a member of the Pilgrim group that arrived on the Mayflower, although he arrived later, c. 1630. He was a resident of Duxbury, Massachusetts, where he was a freeman and the town constable, which is the equivalent of the chief executive officer. He acquired large tracts of land which included land in Duxbury, Dartmouth and Taunton, Massachusetts. Read more about Edmund Chandler and this family.

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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