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.
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We have over 600 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.||
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.
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.
The Spring 2014 CFA Newsletter went out to the email list on Saturday, March 1. The printed copies will be mailed as soon as possible. If you want to change your delivery from printed copy to emailed copy, contact Helen at
New to the Website!
We have added two new Genetic Chandler Family stories - Group 12 and Group 36!
DNA Group 12 was added on December 15. Members of this family, which came from Lewes and the nearby villages of Barcombe and Hamsey in East Sussex, England, are found in Australia, Canada and the United States, as well as in England. Twelve of their descendants have come together in an informal group to research the history of the family.
Jeff Chandler's very interesting history of Group 36 of Connecticut and New York was added to the website on December 10. The story begins with a mystery - the very first record of young Robert Chandler, age 15, is in a July 1776 Guardianship Agreement executed in Pomfret, Connecticut. Who exactly was Robert, and who were his parents? Jeff brings the story forward through the family's move to New York to establish a mill along Basket Creek. There are lots of photos with this one - I think you will enjoy it. Read the story of Genetic Chandler Family 36.
The Genetic Chandler Families page lists most of the known genetically distinct groups, with links to the ones for which we have posted stories. (The group numbers that are bold and underlined are the links.)
Other recent additions to the website are:
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.
- Portraits of Dudley Jones and Nancy Chandler of Georgia (Group 7A) and photographs of the family of their son Docktor Franklin "Dock" Chandler. Bryan Chandler has submitted wonderful additions to the growing collection of photos of the Dudley Jones Chandler family and descendants. See these pictures on Chandler Memories page 9.
- Photographs from Nunhead Cemetery in London submitted by Errol Chandler have been added to the Chandler Graves page. We have also posted a PDF by Errol detailing some of the Chandler graves at that historic cemetery. The photos are beautiful. Be sure to take a look at the Chandler Graves page.
- A new family, DNA as yet unknown, has been added to the Chandler Memories pages. See photos of the family of William Thomas Chandler, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England.
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.
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.
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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