News from the Edmund Chandler Family Association www.edmundchandler.com
Folk customs attached to the festival date from pre-Christian times. Eggs, traditionally forbidden during Lent, symbolize new life. The Easter Bunny recalls the hare, the Egyptian symbol of fertility. Easter may have derived its name from the Saxon goddess Eostre, whose feast was celebrated each spring at about this time. Or it may have derived from the word oster, meaning “rising.” – Excerpted from The Old Farmers Almanac
Usually we have stories about Chandler surnamed folks featured in the Courier, but that leaves out the descendants of female Chandlers as they usually do not carry the Chandler surname. This time we are featuring one such descendant, Elisha Graves Otis, grandson of Lucy Chandler. Without Elisha’s invention, buildings would still be only four stories high and there would be no Manhattan skyline. He did not invent the skyscraper, but he did invent the device that made them worth building. He invented the elevator braking system, which made elevators safe and useable.
This time, I tried something different putting the Chandler lineage at the top of the story, in this case the sidebar. It starts with Elisha and follows the Chandler line back to Edmund. Also, when you see an asterisk, please remember that means the evidence is circumstantial regarding that person although it can be very strong circumstantial evidence.
Are you like so many of us who love to hunt down those elusive ancestors but then get a little sketchy when it comes to citing your sources? This issue we have a fine guide, written by Jennifer Shaw, a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Now you can learn how to leave a proper trail of crumbs so that you, or anyone else, can find your source if need be.
In addition to our featured Chandler descendant, Otis, and the story on citing sources, we have member news, DNA news, tech news (going to the cloud), Duxbury news, and upcoming events.
Last reminder for those of you who have not sent in your dues yet!
Who would have thought that the son of a Vermont farmer would literally turn the real estate market upside down in major cities around the world? That is what Elisha Graves Otis, the son of Stephen Otis and grandson of Lucy Chandler, did with his invention. Did you ever notice the name on an elevator? Usually that name is Otis, after Elisha Otis, as the Otis Elevator Company the biggest in the world. Elevators and hoists have been used throughout history, but they were unreliable, dangerous devices where if the cable or rope broke the goods were ruined and the occupants fell to often-serious injury or even death. You know the movie scenario, the cables break and the elevator plunges down the shaft accompanied by screams. Finis. Well, that was true before Otis’ invention, but not one elevator has plunged killing anyone since, although they have been stuck in them. (If you can, see the great PBS Nova special, “Trapped in an Elevator” made last year. Its all about the history of elevators including Otis’ contribution.)
Otis did not invent the elevator, but he did develop a braking system that was purely mechanical so it could not fail, as it was not dependent on power. If the cables gave way, the brakes sprang open mechanically and wedged themselves in the notches on the guides on the sides of the shaft so it was only a drop of inches. He was inspired by the leaves of a spring on a wagon, only instead of being on the bottom his springing device was mounted on the top of the elevator.
At one time the highest building in a city was the church with its steeple. Since only the bell ringer went up into the steeple it could be high. The most prestigious locations for businesses and offices of commerce and law were on the ground floor so people would not have to trudge up flights of stairs. Buildings seldom exceeded four stores for that same reason. Even with a great view, the upper stories of a building were where the cheap rents were. Along came the development of stronger steel and steel frame construction, but now even if buildings could be many, many times taller, the same problem remained. How many would want to climb that many flights of stairs to reach the upper floors of a building?
The invention of the modern elevator braking system is what made building skyscrapers practical. Now the upper floors with their penthouses and grand views commanded the highest rents. The real estate world was literally turned upside down. The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Sears building, the Chrysler building, the statue of Liberty, the space program and now the tallest building in the world, a tower in Dubai, all use Otis elevators.
It all began when Elisha Otis was a child who preferred tinkering in the blacksmith shop than working in the fields. Elisha Graves Otis was born August 3, 1811 in Halifax, Vermont. His father was Stephen Otis, Jr. and his mother was Phoebe Glynn. His grandparents were Stephen Otis, Sr. and Lucy Chandler (see sidebar). He came from a family of strong convictions. His father was a Justice of the Peace for 40 years, a legislator, a member of the Baptist church and a believer in temperance. His uncle, Chandler Otis, was an Abolitionist who both wrote and donated money to the cause of abolishing slavery. Elisha himself was a staunch supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Otis said that “Machines are the tools of liberty.” Perhaps part of his passion for inventing came from that belief. Elisha Otis left home at the age of 20 and moved to Troy, New York where he was a wagon driver for 5 years. In 1834 he married Susan A. Houghton. He suffered bouts of ill health, almost dying of pneumonia once. He moved his family to the Vermont Hills near the Green River where he operated a gristmill. That did not make money so he converted it into a saw mill which also did not make money. Then he started making wagons and carriages. He had two sons, who later joined him in his work, and two daughters. His first wife died and he was left with young children to raise when he married Betsey A. Boyd and moved to Albany, New York to start over. He was always a tinkerer, inventor and was fascinated by tools. He developed a system for hoisting materials two or three stories high for his brother, Chandler, who was a builder. His brother was named after his uncle Chandler, the Abolitionist. In Albany while working for a bedstead manufacturer Elisha was disheartened by only making 12 bed rails a day so he invented and patented a rail turner that could produce four times as many bed rails a day. For that he was awarded a $500 bonus from his boss. Elisha then opened his own business in Albany. He worked on a train safety brake system, an automatic bread-making machine, and on other inventions. He was put out of business when the stream he was using for power was diverted to provide water for the city of Albany. He left Albany and moved to New Jersey to work as a mechanic. Then he moved to Yonkers New York as the manager of a building that he was supposed to convert from an abandoned sawmill into a bedstead factory. By now he was forty, but he was still the inventor. He needed to be able to remove the old debris from the upper levels of the factory. Hoisting platforms were dangerous, so he and his tinkerer sons designed their “safety elevator” which incorporated his braking system, in 1852 while working for the bedstead factory. Their invention worked. At the time, neither he nor his boss thought anything of it, he did not even patent it, nor did he ask for a bonus. The bedstead factory eventually declined and Elisha and his sons decided to form their own company. Now he would sell elevators. He sold three of the “safety elevators” in 1852 but none in 1853 and 1854. His company assets were only $122.71 in December of 1853, a paltry sum for even in those days. Then he decided to promote his invention at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York City in May of 1854, his first and only foray into big time publicity. At the Crystal Palace everything changed with the meeting of Elisha Otis, the gifted tinkerer and inventor, and P.T. Barnum, the circus impresario and famous promoter. “A sucker born every minute,” was Barnum’s most famous quote. This time Barnum was promoting the real deal.
Interest in Barnum’s exhibit had flagged. His centerpiece statue of George Washington was not attracting the crowds. Barnum saw the attraction of Elisha’s invention. The statue was gone and in its place was Elisha’s “hoisting platform” which towered into the air. After graphically describing tales of the horrors of elevator accidents, Barnum introduced Otis. A top hat wearing Otis went up in his device, and then came the part, where according to Barnum, “smelling salts were needed.” To the crowd’s horror the rope holding up the hoist and Elisha Otis was cut with either a saber or an axe, the reports are conflicting. There were screams and gasps, but the hoist and Elisha only dropped inches. He stood there then bowed and doffed his top hat and proclaimed to the crowd, “All safe, gentlemen, all safe.” The demonstration was a huge success. More importantly, “safety elevators” began selling. At first, they were mainly used as a method to hoist goods, but soon began transporting people.
Elisha was a genius at inventing, but a disaster at business. His son, Charles, kept a journal in which he noted that while they were finally making money, “Father will manage in such a way to lose it all.” That was in 1858 and only three years later Elisha Otis died in debt with debts of $8,200 and an estate worth only $5,000. Elisha Otis died during a diphtheria epidemic on April 8, 1861 at only 49 years of age. His sons, Charles and Norton, in addition to their tinkering skills had the business acumen to make the company a multi-million dollar enterprise. Charles was only 15 when he was hired as a mechanic at the company where his father worked. His brother Norton, in addition being a co-owner of the elevator company, was a two-time congressman from New York.
But what Elisha Otis lacked in business sense, he more than made up for it in vision and skill at inventing devices that were the solution to problems. What Otis saw as a solution for moving goods then people upward safely also made the Manhattan skyline and big city skylines all over the world possible.
Now in the 21st century, Otis Elevator is working on an entirely new elevator system that works on a magnetic system which will be capable of going far higher than the cable system of today.
Otis Worldwide | A Visual Timeline
This is a great history in pictures from the present day Otis Elevator Company.
This is the PBS site. PBS had a terrific documentary on elevators last year. Be sure to catch it if it is repeated in your area.
A short biography of Otis as well as a brief summary of Otis elevator to the present day.
A lively recounting the history of the elevator and Otis’ demonstration at the Crystal Palace.
Otis, Elisha Graves
A nice biography of Otis and story about elevators that came with a fine bibliography (listed below) if you wish to read up on Otis at your local library.
Fucini, Joseph J. and Suzy Fucini. Entrepreneurs: The Men and Women Behind Famous Brand Names and How They Made It. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985.
Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.
Jackson, Donald Dale. “Elevating Thoughts from Elisha Otis and Fellow Uplifters.” Smithsonian, November 1989.
Malone, Dumas, ed. Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928-1936.
Otis Elevator Co. “The World of Otis.” Farmington, CT: Otis Elevator Company, 1998. Available from http://www.otis.com (May 8, 1998).
Useem, Jerry. “Giving Business a Lift.” Inc., November 1997.
World of Invention. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994.
ELISHA OTIS’ CHANDLER ANCESTRY
From research by Billie Pett
Lineage: Elisha Graves Otis>Stephen Otis, Jr.>Lucy Chandler*>Nathaniel Chandler*>Edmund Chandler>Joseph Chandler>Edmund Chandler, the immigrant
Elisha Graves Otis grandmother was Lucy Chandler, who married Stephen Otis. We believe that Lucy was one of the daughters of one of our “mystery” Chandlers, Nathaniel. We dubbed Nathaniel, along with Capt. John, Zebedee and Mercy “mystery” Chandlers because we couldn’t prove their parentage. Since then breakthroughs have been made regarding Capt. John and progress made with the others, by mostly our member, Billie. The research showed they were the children of Edmund Chandler and Elizabeth Alden. Research is ongoing. Edmund was the son of Joseph Chandler and grandson of Edmund, the immigrant.
Nathaniel died in 1741 on an ill-fated military expedition to the Spanish West Indies. Five hundred went and only 50 returned, the majority dying of disease. Nathaniel had seven daughters. Six of them recently have been identified and proven by Billie and Cornelia. The seventh, Lucy, by compelling circumstantial evidence, also is included as one of Nathaniel Chandler’s daughters.
After Nathaniel died, his widow Zerviah, was left to raise the seven girls. Three of the girls, Lucy, Irene, and another sister also named Zerviah, moved from Duxbury to Colchester, Connecticut. Lucy was one of the youngest daughters and may have been the twin sister of Ruby as twins ran in the family. Ruby has been established as a daughter of Nathaniel and Zerviah by information from a deed. Lucy and Ruby Chandler were baptized on the same day “upon their own faith” which means that they were old enough to make that decision. When they were baptized according to Duxbury records (1.). Lucy married Stephen Otis and was dismissed from the Duxbury church and recommended to another church as she was moving to Stephen’s home in Colchester, Connecticut. Not only did three of Nathaniel’s daughters move there, two of the daughters attended the same small church as did Mercy (Chandler) Bartlett. This underscores the belief that Mercy (Chandler) Bartlett was Nathaniel’s sister and aunt to these girls. Lucy and Stephen and Zerviah and her husband, Hubbel Wells did not remain in Colchester, but removed to the then wilderness of Halifax, Vermont most likely after the Revolutionary War. Lucy’s husband served in both the Continental Army and the Militia. Stephen died in his 94th year and Lucy died at age 98 years and 8 months. (2) They are buried in Halifax, Vermont. When Lucy died she had about 250 descendants! Their son, Stephen Otis, Jr., married Phoebe Glynn, who was born in Ireland. They in turn had six children that we are aware of including Elisha and his brother, Chandler.
- Records, First Parish Church of Duxbury (CRI) Baptisms. “Persons baptized upon their own faith after 23 of July” Lucy Chandler and Ruby Chandler, Oct. 23, 1757
Vermont Chronicle, Bellows Fall, VT, May 11, 1837: page 75, Issue 19, Col. F Death Notices. “In Halifax, March 4, Mrs. Lucy Otis, relict of the late Stephen Otis, aged 98 years and 8 months, leaving a posterity of about 250. She became hopefully a Christian in her eleventh year – a few years after unified with the Congregational Church, and from that time, during her long life, adorned the profession she had made”.
We want to welcome new member, Robert of Connecticut. I don’t know his lineage yet, but will ask. Also, welcome new member Barbara, a descendant of the Yarmouth Maine Chandlers.
I did get a query about Lidia (Polly) Chandler, daughter of Capt. Jonathan Chandler of Piermont, New Hampshire. I think that it was she who married Charles Crook. They moved to New York. If anyone has more information about her, please let me know and I will pass it along. If you have stories or tidbits of information to share, please do. Write to us and we will put it in the newsletter.
Several in our group lost loved ones this past year. Our condolences to those of you that lost loved ones. Our member Cynthia sent this obituary of her Dad who not only descended from Edmund, but also had a southern Chandler line unrelated to Edmund. If you wish to write, a short obituary for a Chandler loved one that passed away and wish to have it posted in a future newsletter, send it to us.
Here is Cynthia’s obituary for her father:
Orbie Ray Chandler of Denton, Texas passed away at 12:23 a.m. on January 27, 2011. Funeral services were held on February 1, 2011 at Bill De Berry Funeral Directors in Denton, Texas, officiated by Elder Vernon Johnson and Elder Don Watson. Mr. Chandler was laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. Orbie R. Chandler was very likely to be, based on documentation and DNA, a direct descendant of Edmund Chandler who was born in England circa 1584 and arrived at the original Plymouth colony of Massachusetts in 1632 where he lived until his death in 1662. Orbie R. Chandler was born in Littlefield, Texas on February 26, 1929. He served his country proudly as a private, first class, in the Marine Corps during World War II, in China and Guam. Afterward, he followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a professional paint contractor, which was his life-long occupation. Orbie Chandler was a Deacon of the Primitive Baptist Church in Denton. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Bilie E.Chandler of Denton Texas. He has four living children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His children are BonnieThomas of Germantown, Tennessee; Betty Bush of Commerce City, Colorado;Charlie Chandler of Manassas, Virginia; and Dr. Cynthia Chandler of Denton, Texas. His first-born child, daughter Diana Lynn Chandler, died in infancy. His grandchildren are Rachel (Thomas) Little, Jason Thomas, Lonnie Max Bush, Brandon Bush, Rowdy Bush, Terra Chandler, and Nichole Chandler. He is preceded in death by his parents Lee and Maggie Chandler of Littlefield, Texas and his brother Marvin “Bud” Chandler, and his three sisters Bonnie Newell Niven, Ruby Bell Shuart, and Betty Nixon. In lieu of flowers, send cards and donations to the Primitive Baptist Church of Denton, Texas in care of family friend Robert Whitman at 2801 Crow Valley Trail, Plano, TX 75023.
Our member, Dick, has been an intrepid seeker of Chandler descendants to test. We are very pleased to note that he was actually able to find a Chandler relative of the probable future Queen of England, Kate Middleton, to test! Bravo Dick! None of us know what that test will bring. Of course we are hoping for an American connection, especially to Edmund. We will just have to wait and see. Chandler is an occupational name so not all Chandlers are related. Dick says that there are probably 150 distinct Chandler families. There are over 300 participants in the Chandler DNA project. Matches have been made between British subjects and Americans as well as Australians. We just received news that a new group for descendants of Roger Chandler of Concord, Mass, technically the grandson of Roger as he is the common ancestor, has been created within the Chandler DNA Study. Roger’s descendants form Group 61. If you go to www.edmundchandler.com and click on DNA results or the left hand side you will find it.
I wrote previously that they do not match the Edmund Chandler descendants. We were hoping for a match because a match with Roger of Concord descendants would show that Roger of Concord could have been Edmund’s nephew or cousin, but that was not to be.
It has been speculated that Roger of Concord was the son of Roger Chandler of Duxbury. Roger Chandler of Duxbury, from circumstantial evidence, is believed to have been related to Edmund. We will have to hope for a discovery in probably English or Dutch records to answer that question as Roger Chandler of Duxbury had no known male descendants so whether or not they were related cannot be proven through DNA testing.
Thank you Dick Chandler and John Chandler, Chandler DNA project co-administrators, for finding those Roger of Concord descendants to test.
DUXBURY and MAINE NEWS
Our intrepid researcher, Billie Pett, has been actively researching another of our “mystery” Chandlers. Our “mystery” Chandlers are Capt. John, Nathaniel , Mercy and Zebedee. She already proved that Capt. John was Joseph’s grandson. Joseph was the immigrant, Edmund Chandler’s son.
She is now focusing on Nathaniel. Nathaniel , we believe, was Capt. John’s brother. Billie discovered that Nathaniel, who lived in Duxbury in the old Chandler neighborhood, bought land in Maine in 1731 and that Zebedee also bought land in Maine which he sold c. 1741. We knew that Joseph (Joseph>Edmund, the immigrant) and his family were in Maine very early on, but what a surprise that Nathaniel and Zebedee were also. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820.
Regarding the plaque and the Capt. John project, Billie wrote that are still on her “To Do” list.
CITING YOUR SOURCES
Many of us, when first starting out, are delighted to fill in that little empty space on our chart with our newly discovered ancestor, but we give short shrift where we got the information. Then it dawns on us that we may have to find that information again to do more research, to share with others, or to join a lineage society like the DAR, Sons of the Revolution, or Mayflower Society. If you want to spare yourself a futile search for a half-forgotten source or to show that your work is accurate, cite (record) your sources and try to cite them correctly.
It is especially important when you found the record for your ancestor in an obscure hard to find place. It took ages to find him and if you don’t do a good job of citing your source, you may not find him again. If your ancestor appeared in the 1870 US census, for example, write that down, but don’t stop there. Did you find him on a census image (the photograph of the handwritten page) or a transcription? Was the census from Ancestry? Heritage Quest or was it from another source?
That may seem unimportant because wouldn’t every census source for example, the 1870 US census, be the same? The answer is no not always. Was your ancestor an orphan or an elderly ancestor living with a different surnamed family? Was his name misspelled? The census image may have the correct information, but the transcriber may not have recorded him or may have recorded him incorrectly. In addition, transcriptions are not all the same because different companies have different transcribers. You may find your elusive ancestor on the image, but not on the transcription or on the Ancestry transcription of the census, but not on the Heritage Quest transcription or vice versa.
Another tripper- upper is the edition of the book. The “Genealogy of Edward Small” by Lora Altine Underhill is the finest work on the early Chandlers. We use that source a lot, but did you know that there are two editions? I went around and around with an inquirer about information in that book. It turned out that he was referring to the first edition and I was looking at the more accurate revised second edition of that book. Even if you don’t use the methods in the books that Jennifer lists, develop a method that works for you, stay consistent and at least provide a good trail of bread crumbs to find your way back to your source so that you won’t have to repeat the search. See genealogist, history teacher and g grad student of archiving, Jennifer Shaw’s excellent short guide and resource list below to learn more about citing your sources.
by Jennifer Shaw
Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)
_ A Reasonably exhaustive search;
_ complete and accurate citation of sources;
_ analysis and correlation of the collected information;
_ resolution of conflicting evidence; and
_ a Soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.
_ MLA—Modern Language Association
o Language and Literature scholarship
_ APA—American Psychological Association
o History scholarship
o The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago
Genealogy Citation Manuals:
Lacky, Richard S. Cite Your Sources: A Manual for Documenting Family Histories and
Genealogical Records. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1980.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore, MD:
Genealogical Pub. Co.,1997.
—. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 2nd ed. Baltimore,
MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2009.
—. Quick Sheet: Citing Online Historical Sources, Evidence! Style. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical
Pub. Co., 2007.
—. Quick Sheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images, Evidence! Style. Baltimore, MD:
Genealogical Pub. Co., 2009.
All citations should include as much of the following as possible:
_ Title(s)—Title, subtitle, database title, etc.
_ Publication Information—publisher, publication place, publication date
_ Date(s)—copyright, date accessed, etc.
_ Location of the source—repository, website URL, etc.
_ Locator—page number, chapter, call number, microfilm number, etc.
Source citations can be placed in four locations:
o A brief note at the bottom of a page indicating the source of a quotation or
information and/or an explanation of something in the text
o The same as a footnote, but located at the end of the chapter, section, book, etc.
o Citation is in parenthesis () following text and usually contains the author’s last
name and the page number
o This is always accompanied with a works cited page
_ Works Cited Page (aka Bibliography)
o Alphabetical list of all source citations
o Located at the end of the work
Do you want to be able to record your information straight from the library source, Aunt Jane, a cemetery or wherever straight into your family tree without having to transcribe your notes?
That’s what I want to be able to do. I am probably the least able to write about tech news, being on the “See Spot” and “Run, Sally, run” level, but my computer and my printer went out within a week of each other and I had to replace them. I thought that I would share with you what I learned from the members of the Southern California Genealogical Society Rootsmagic user group.
Since I bought another desk top it can’t be dragged to the library, but if the library has computers that patrons can use, a flash drive, which is a little cigarette lighter sized, storage device that plugs into a computer can be used. Plug it in, type away, unplug it and plug it in at home and download your work directly into your big program on your home computer.
Netbooks, which are very small, lightweight mini-computers that can access the internet and run a small genealogy program like Rootsmagic To Go, are another alternative. With a netbook you can directly type in the information into genealogy program on your little bitty, netbook, then go home and download it directly to your big computer with the full-sized program. When using a netbook or any portable computer, they all warned me to make sure that you have long lasting batteries — like 8 hours worth.
Going to the Cloud
Or if you want to send your work directly from the library computer or from your netbook to your home computer you can “go to the cloud” so to speak which totally lost me. Going to the cloud means storing your computer generated work on a site located elsewhere. I was told that there is a service called Dropbox www.dropbox.com which is free if you don’t need a lot of space. You type in your information, or upload your pictures and send it to Dropbox via the Internet. When you get home, you fire up your computer and connect to Dropbox and download the information directly into your program. No retyping! Dropbox serves as a temporary storage far, far away although not actually in a cloud, but somewhere in an earthbound locale.
Please remember that I haven’t actually tried Dropbox or netbooks or even the flash drive. If you are tech savvy or want to be you might want to read Dick Eastman’s articles about Dropbox. He loves it. Eastman is probably the most expert genealogy blogger out there with a tremendous following. You may wish to check him out for all sorts of genealogy topics, not only tech matters. He has a free blog and also a subscription blog.
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: Search
Two events that are coming up that may be of interest are:
The Southern California California Genealogical Society annual Jamboree.
Southern California Genealogical Society: 2011 Jamboree:
June 10-12, 2011 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.
This is a real production as there will be 130 concurrent sessions held over the three day period. In addition to nationally and internationally renowned experts, there are 70 exhibitors including both commercial and non-commercial ones. Look for deals on subscriptions, books, computer programs and more from the commercial vendors. About 2000 people attended last year making it one of the biggest genealogical gatherings in the country.
If you are going to be in the Los Angeles area during the Jamboree, you might want to make plans to attend. There are even free sessions if you just wish to see what it is all about. Here is the excerpt regarding the free sessions. For more details about the Jamboree go to the website above. Check to see if there will be tours of the fairly nearby SCGS library.
JamboFREE sessions will ensure that in these economically challenging times, expense will not be a barrier to learning. Several concurrent sessions, each lasting three hours, include a Genealogy Librarian’s boot camp, a repeat of last year’s highly popular Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginner genealogy sessions. For the first time this year, Jamboree will offer a three-hour session for genealogy society leaders, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Please register for your JamboFREE session, including the tours listed below.
The Genealogy World round table discussion has been expanded to three hours and moved to Friday morning as part of the JamboFREE offerings. You’ll find almost 20 different discussions going on during each of two time slots. The session affords an excellent opportunity to network, to explore research tactics for specific geographic regions of the world, and to exchange tips and techniques on an informal basis. A complete list of round table discussion topics will be announced at a later date, and we’ll have some unassigned tables so you can bring up your own topic. There is no charge to attend the Genealogy World session, but we ask that you registration in advance.
The Chandler Family Association Annual meeting
It will be held this year on September 16 and 17th 2011 at the Holiday Inn Express 6055 LBJ Freeway Dallas, Texas 75240. Last year it was held in Virginia celebrating the 1610 arrival of John Chandler to Jamestown.
The Chandler Family Association is our sister group representing all Chandlers except those who descend from Edmund Chandler of Duxbury. The CFA started out being an association for southern Chandlers, in particular, descendants of John Chandler who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1610. However, over the years, further research and DNA testing revealed that there were many other unrelated southern Chandler families. While they are still mostly southern oriented, they welcome all Chandlers now, but the Edmund descendants go to us. Our member Cynthia plans to represent us at their Dallas meeting. For more information go to:
Chandler Family Association – Annual Meetings
In the next newsletter, I hope to have a story on Benjamin line descendant, Howard Chandler Christie, who was a famous artist and illustrator, news from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and maybe we will find out if Kate Middleton has American Chandler relatives, plus more.
In a future issue, I would like to feature Hewett Chandler, the Shaker inventor and leader and his family. Many folks brought key pieces of information to that story. I think that Hewett was from the Yarmouth, Maine branch of the Chandler family. We can prove his siblings, but so far his ancestry is based on circumstantial evidence. The Shakers also wonder about the origins of their Shaker brother.
As always, if you find mistakes or wish to add more information, or have a question, or want to contribute a story, news tidbit or a picture, let us know. We should see you in July!