MARCH ECFA NEWS by Carol May


More ECFA news and more research news!  First, April is renewal month so members will soon be receiving a renewal reminder from our treasurer and co-chairperson, Bob.  If you are not a member and wish to join the Edmund Chandler Family Association go to our website www.edmundchandler.com and click membership on the left hand side of the webpage.  You can be added to our mailing list by clicking mailing list on the top of the page.

My computer (henceforth known as HAL) went wacko for a couple of weeks or so.  After an undisturbed rest for several days and then lots of scans it seems much, much better. I think that I still should take it in to be checked,  so if you can’t get a hold of me that’s probably why.

DUXBURY NEWS

Billie found out, through her research, that the heart of the town of Duxbury was founded on Chandler land.  Part of the Mayflower Cemetery, the Meeting Hall, the first school, and I think the town buildings were all built on land belonging to Chandlers. Joseph (son of Edmund, the immigrant), then grandson Capt. John, owned where the Meeting Hall and most of the Mayflower Cemetery were built.  Joseph’s nephew, Benjamin Chandler owned the land where the first school was built.  Benjamin was the son of Joseph’s brother, also named Benjamin.

THE PLAQUE

The town of Duxbury honors the Standishes and Aldens and other early first residents of the town, but the Chandlers’ contribution has been forgotten and unrecognized.  For shame!  To rectify that, Billie thinks that a plaque commemorating mostly Joseph Chandler, but also probably Capt. John, Jonathan and nephew Benjamin’s, contribution is in order.  Billie can correct me if I explained that incorrectly.

We feel that the about $638.00 dollars that a bronze plaque costs would be a worthwhile expenditure from our dues and from a plaque fund that we wish to create.  For those who wish to contribute to a plaque fund, they may do so by sending a check to Bob, our treasurer. Billie has experience in creating memorials previously, so she would be able to shepherd the project through.  She also said that we may wish to create another plaque in the future commemorating other Chandler contributions to the town, but that is down the road and is dependent, among other things, what other discoveries are made about the early Chandlers.

As Billie continues her research on early Chandler lands in Duxbury she will work on the wording of the plaque, the location, etc. The plaque would probably be placed near the Mayflower Cemetery, Meeting Hall (church) or Town offices.  Those three sites are all in a row on the west side of Tremont St.  She will keep us posted.

Billie is still hard at work trying to prove which Chandler lived in which house on the east side of Tremont St. in Duxbury.  As I wrote previously, we do know where Capt. John lived.  Billie is trying to prove which Chandler owned 907 Tremont before Capt. John did.  It is difficult to figure out the houses as they traded the land amongst themselves without recording it.

If you go to a satellite map of Duxbury and find Tremont St. you can see the sites that we are talking about.  For some reason, the Mayflower Cemetery is incorrectly labeled Mayfield Cemetery, so be aware of that while you are looking at satellite maps.

DNA NEWS

FTDNA, the DNA research company that we use, has just made an announcement about a new DNA test which works on for both men and women and can, hopefully, identify cousins up to the fifth generation maybe beyond.  This is not the “Y” DNA test for only men.  It is more expensive than the “Y” test as it is $249.00.

We, on the Chandler DNA committee, just got an e-mail from our Ph.D. expert, John Chandler explaining more about this new test.  We will need to ask some follow-up questions to see how useful it would be for our Chandler descendants. From what I have learned so far, it works best comparing those without a lot of dead ends before the 5th generation.  There may also be difficulty sorting things out when comparing results from people who are related through more than one family as in the case of New England families.  As we find out more about this test, we will let you know.  It appears that it could be very, very useful in the right cases.

TV GENEALOGY NEWS

For those who have been getting my e-mails, you probably know about these programs, but for those of you who have not heard, here’s the latest.  “Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”  PBS’ genealogy series is on Wednesday nights at 8 PM at least in my area, Los Angeles. This week they talk about DNA. In a promo, they said that Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Yo Yo Ma are related!

Last week featuring Yo Yo Ma, they visited China. For those of you who wondered how Yo Yo Ma got his name, it was decided centuries ago by his ancestor who chose all of the names for 30 generations!  He went from not knowing where his father came from in China to finding documents that trace the Ma family back for centuries.

A new series “Who Do You Think You Are?” begins this Friday, March 5 at 8 PM.  It is hosted by Lisa Kudrow of “Friends”s fame. Sarah Jessica Parker has a New England witch in her family tree. Like Gates’ program, they not only trace famous folks’ ancestry, they visit the actual towns that their ancestors came from.

GPS

Huh!  For those of you who are not familiar with that acronym, it stands for Global Positioning Satellite.  They put them in cars so you know where you are, hikers use the small handheld devices to keep from getting lost, and people who participate in geo caching games use them to locate hidden “treasures.”

I was at the last RootsMagic genealogy group meeting when GPS was brought up.  In the RootsMagic program there is actually a place to enter GPS coordinates.  I asked what does that have to do with genealogy?  I was surprised to learn that GPS is now being used for genealogists out in the field as they locate old gravestones in the weeds, hunt abandoned townsites, homesteads and lots.

The devices won’t discover these lost sites. You have to hunt them down yourself, but when you find them, you enter the coordinates in your genealogy program.  That way in the future you can find that gravestone, homestead, etc., which took you hours to find in the first place.

Also, when you share your research with other family members or researchers, they can locate those places quickly and maybe continue your research for you if you live a great distance away.

Ain’t science grand!

MISC. NEWS AND UPDATES

I don’t know if I mentioned in the last edition of the Courier, the censuses are not considered primary sources, but secondary sources.  Why?  That’s because we have no way of knowing who gave the information to the census taker (enumerator).  It could have been a child or even a neighbor.

That and more was gleaned from the last meeting of the RootsMagic meeting.  Detailed explanations were given on how to properly record sources. For example, it is not enough to say, for example, 1860 US census.  You have to write down where YOU found the census information. It may be Ancestry or wherever. You need to put down the page number and even the line number if it is a boarding house. The talk was led by a history teacher, so it was very, very picky.  The main rule for everybody should be to use a consistent method when you write things down.  It may be your own, but at least stay consistent.

One of her references, which she was thrilled with, was two inch thick $50.00 book called “Evidence.”  I cringed when I saw that whopper.  Luckily there are plastic laminated quickie reference sheets available where the most important stuff is crammed onto a page.

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This month I got an inquiry by someone who actually did turn out to descend from Edmund, not one of the other Chandler families.  I get inquiries and answer questions, but so few lead back to Edmund.  Hopefully, he will be able to share info with those in the group who share the same line.

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Lastly, Barb our editor, and I are trying to figure out if it would be best for us to go quarterly with the Courier.  It gets tough for just two to produce a monthly edition.  We may just have monthly news updates and then go quarterly with articles for the Courier. If more people wish to contribute articles we may remain monthly.  We will have to figure this out.

If you wish to contribute an article, let Barb know.  Also, if you have a news tidbit, let me know and I will include it in our ECFA news updates.

Regardless, you will get the news and the research continues.

Carol May

Co-chairperson of the Edmund Chandler Family Association

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