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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 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.

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Summer Newsletter
The 2015 Summer CFA Newsletter was sent to the email list on July 1. Printed copies were mailed on Thursday, July 9.

25th Anniversary and 2015 Annual Meeting
The Meetings page has been updated with everything you need to make plans to join us in Louisville, Kentucky, for our 25th anniversary celebration and annual meeting on September 18 and 19. You don't want to miss the dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, considered the nation’s oldest and most authentic river steamboat. We'll see you in Louisville!


CFA members quickly booked the original 26 spots on the 13-day CFA-sponsored tour of England scheduled for May 2016. The intense interest in the tour inspired Errol Chandler, CFA vice president and tour leader, to arrange for a larger bus and extend other arrangements so that we were able to accommodate everyone on the original waiting list. You can still sign up for the UK tour waiting list, which will put you in line to fill any seats that might become available if one or more participants cancel for any reason.

New CFA Chapter for DNA Group 18!
The CFA has added Chapter 18, bringing to three our chapters focusing on research for specific genetic Chandler families. Partly because the CFA has become so diverse and also to facilitate research, chapters were first implemented in 2014. Chapter 3, descendants of Richard Chandler (born 1751 Virginia?) was the inaugural chapter, followed by Chapter 13, descendants of Edmund Chandler of Duxbury, MA (born c 1588 England).

Unlike most genetic Chandler families, who claim one or two earliest known ancestors, Group 18 has six early ancestors who have not yet been connected to a common ancestor by discovery of their family relationships:

Daniel Chandler of Surrey ENG, born c 1659
George Chandler of Sussex ENG, born c 1680
John Chandler of Middlesex ENG, born c 1682
Benjamin Chandler of Hampshire ENG, born c 1763
Thomas Chandler of Hampshire ENG, born c 1770
Thomas Chandler of Hampshire ENG, born c 1779

CFA member Colin Heape, who lives in the historic county of Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands, has accepted the position of research director for Chapter 18. Colin's family information has been added to the Group 18 story on this website (under the Daniel Chandler heading). If you might have a connection to Chandler DNA Project Group 18, please visit the Chapter 18 page and write to Colin at the address provided there.

Chandler Sightings
Check out the most recent photographs added to the Chandler Sightings page! Did you know -
  • "Chandler's Shoes" once claimed to be "the world's most beautiful shoes"?
  • a 1927 Chandler Standard Six automobile is on display at a museum in Norwich, New York?

CFA reaches out to United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand
As part of an effort to make contact with Chandler descendants in England, Australia and New Zealand, the CFA has done a mail-out to a number of Chandlers in those countries, who probably have cousins all over the world.  To provide the best information about Chandler genealogy and the CFA, we have posted 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.

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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