|Chandler, an occupational surname, was originally used to denote men working as candle makers in various townships across England. As a result, people named Chandler in the different locations probably were not related to each other.
Today, the Chandler One-Name Study estimates there are about 150 genetically distinct Chandler lines distributed around the world. The Chandler DNA Project has identified more than 80 distinct DNA “fingerprints” (haplotypes). As more and more Chandlers from around the world participate in the project, identification of the remaining lines will continue in an ongoing, gradual process.
Participation in the Chandler DNA Project may help your research. This is especially true if your family tree contains one of the Earliest Known Ancestors or a Chandler ancestor who lived in a similar place and time. To participate in the project, sign up here. We recommend the Y-37 test, which provides greater accuracy and is less expensive than starting with 12 or 25 markers and upgrading later.
The table below lists the Genetic Chandler Families identified to date. It shows the place and year of birth, and place and year of death, if known, of the earliest known ancestor of each family. If the common ancestor between two or more members of a genetic family has not yet been found, the earliest known ancestor of each DNA contributor is shown. The column at far left is the genetic family number; if the number is bold and underlined, there is a history posted for that family, which you can read by clicking on the number. We encourage you to take time to enjoy these interesting stories. (Please note: This group of pages is a work in progress. The number of clickable links below will grow as more genetic family stories are collected.) Read more about the reasoning and the process that led us to tackle this ambitious project in a message from CFA officer Dick Chandler.
*Lineage includes earlier ancestors
If you are interested in contacting a representative of any of the genetic families, please click on the email link below. If you do not have an email program installed on your computer (perhaps you use one of the online email services like Yahoo or Gmail), you will need to type the address into your message. In that case, please include “Contact genetic Chandler family representative” as the subject and be sure to include the family’s number – 19 – in your message.