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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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Chandler Family Association 25th Anniversary Celebration Offering!

Chandler By the Sea Condo Bid Update!
Bidder #004 currently has the high bid of $700.00
Next update Monday, August 31

The email below went out Tuesday, August 19, to all CFA members in the U.S. for whom we have an email address. See the attachments, with additional information and photos, below the email. Watch this space for high bid updates on Mondays and Thursdays! The winning bid will be announced on Monday, September 14.

Dear CFA Member,

As a special event for our 25th Anniversary Celebration, Rodney Lige Chandler (lifetime CFA member) and his wife Nancy have graciously offered a one week stay to any CFA member at their Chandler by the Sea condo in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  You do not need to stay the entire week but it is available to you.

Here's how it works:  The week’s stay will be open to bidding by members (kind of like a silent auction).  You will simply email me with your bid at  - be sure to put BID in the subject line. 

When I receive your bid I will respond to your message and assign you a number.

On Monday evening and Thursday evening of each week, I will send another email with the highest bid and the bidder number.  This way you will know whether or not you are being "outbid".  Once that email has been received you may bid again.  On those same days, Claudia will post the highest bid on our website in the Town Crier.

The auction is now open with a starting bid of $400.00.  It will close on Monday, September 14th at 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.  All the monies received from this auction will go to further our research.

If you are the highest bidder, at the close of the bidding I will contact Rod Chandler with the winner’s name and give the winner Rod’s contact number.  Then you can call directly and book the week (or several days) that you would like to stay.

Please be sure to look at the attachments to this email - a flyer describing the condo and some pictures that were taken by Rod Chandler.

Good Luck!

Helen Chandler – CFA Secretary/Treasurer
On behalf of The Chandler Family Association
Executive Committee

Chandler by the Sea Beach Condo
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Bathroom and Bedroom
Beautiful White Sand Beaches

25th Anniversary and 2015 Annual Meeting
Have you made your plans for the 2015 Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 18 and 19? The Meetings page has been updated with everything you need to know.

The last date to reserve your hotel room and receive our special CFA rate has been extended to August 27!

Remember, you need to make a hotel reservation and also register with Helen! 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!

Did you know . . .
Did you know that a Chandler was once World Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion? Lots of photos and information on the sports career of Ernest V. Chandler, "gentleman sportsman," can be found here: chandlermemories_8_ernest_v_chandler.html.

Did you know . . .
Did you know that the descendants of Daniel C. Chandler have been holding reunions in Alabama for more than 100 years? In earlier years they have had over 500 descendants attending. This year's reunion, held in Gadsden, Alabama, was attended by more than 65 family members. See a photo of this Chandler family's 2015 reunion on our Chandler Gatherings page.

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


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 .

Want to stay "in the know"?
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