The CHANDLER DNA Project, described technically elsewhere on this website (chandna.html), has almost 500 participants, and some very exciting matches have been found, spanning three continents. For example, an English participant's DNA has been shown to match closely the DNA of a number of American participants whose ancestor migrated to America early in the 1600s. We need more participants, who have to be Chandler male-line descendants because only males carry the Y chromosome, which is handed down, along with the surname, from generation to generation. The ultimate aim is to understand which of the thousands of individual Chandler families belong to each of the genetically distinct lines which are being identified by the Project - 100 so far, out of an estimated 150 lines - and to help individuals with their own research along the way.
Included surname variations, not all of which are represented in the Project at this time, are Chandeler, Chandler, Chandlor, Chanler, Chaundeler, Chaundler, and Chaundlor. Variations that seem at first glance a little further afield, but are represented in the ancestry of some Chandler DNA Project participants, include Chawner and Chantler. Visit the Chandler One-Name Study website for additional accepted variations of the name.
The Chandler Family Association uses Family Tree DNA for our DNA Project testing. Genetic tests from Family Tree DNA will provide an estimate of the probability that you and another person have a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) within a useful range of time.
The DNA test used measures the lengths of certain specific sequences on the Y chromosome. By comparing these lengths for different test subjects, we can deduce approximately how closely the participants are related. Note: the Y chromosome occurs only in males and is passed down more-or-less unchanged from father to son, along with the surname, making this kind of test very powerful for genealogical purposes. Females can still participate by getting a close male relative to provide the sample.
A genetic test kit consists of a cheek scraper and a collection tube. Using the cheek scraper has about the same effect as brushing your cheek with a soft bristle toothbrush. The cost for a 37-locus DNA test is currently $149 (plus shipping) to participants in the Chandler DNA Project. The CFA encourages all eligible Chandlers to take or upgrade to the 37-marker DNA test.
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