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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, Guernsey, Botswana, 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 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.
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2016 Annual Meeting
The 2016 CFA Annual Meeting will be September 9 and 10 in Greenville, South Carolina. The Meetings page has complete information, including the registration form. Our special event this year will be a dinner at the hotel on Friday evening, followed by a slide show of photos from the UK Tour. Don't miss it!
Are you (or do you have) a Young Chandler Descendant?
Have you visited our Young Chandler Descendants page? It was designed especially to pique the interest of the next generation of Chandlers. A very recent addition to the resources on that page is a My Family Tree booklet, available free to CFA members. The 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" booklet has 26 interior pages, where you and your young Chandler descendant can add your family information, and includes a blank family tree.
This booklet was originally produced by the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS), based in England. The CFA is a member of the FFHS and has permission to reproduce the booklet under our own logo.
Printed copies of the My Family Tree booklet will be mailed to CFA members upon request. All you have to do is contact Helen at 901-355-5614 or to request yours.
My Family Tree Contest for Young Chandler Descendants!
The CFA is hosting a contest this summer based on utilizing the My Family Tree booklet and writing a short essay. The contest will have two age categories: 11 and under, and 12-16. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 11 and under and 12-16. First prize in each category will be a $100 Amazon gift card, with a second prize in each category of a $50 Amazon gift card. The winner and runner-up in each age group will also receive a My Family Tree Contest award certificate. Entries must be received by September 1. Judging will take place at the 2016 Annual Meeting and winners will be announced at the 2016 CFA Business Meeting on Saturday, September 10. Visit the Young Chandler Descendants page for contest details.
CFA Summer Newsletter
The 2016 Summer Newsletter was sent to the email list on Friday, July 1. The printed copies were mailed July 7.
Chandler awarded British Empire Medal
Lucy Chandler of Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, England, has been awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for service to her community. The 36-year-old Forestry Commission community ranger works in communities across North Nottinghamshire helping people enjoy their local woodlands while maintaining and improving them.
The BEM was awarded to Ranger Chandler as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours. Honours have been awarded on the sovereign's birthday since at least 1885, during the reign of Queen Victoria. In total, 1,149 people received an award in 2016.
Seventy percent of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. There are 538 successful women candidates in the list, representing 47% of the total.
Welcome home to the UK Tour Group!
A group of CFA members and their guests toured England May 9 through May 21 under the guidance of CFA Vice President Errol Chandler. Most are safely home by now, although some did extend their trip beyond the end of the tour. Errol did an amazing job of creating the tour itinerary and arranging special events for the participants. Read more about the UK Tour here and stay tuned for a report on the trip.
CFA Information Sheet
Do you want to share information about the CFA with a relative or friend? You can print an information sheet from our website!
Click here to download the information sheet as a PDF document.
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.
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.
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