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Ask a Genealogist: Early Church records for the Chandler family in England.

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Question:

My 12th great grandfather was Thomas Chandler born 1475 Bishops Stortford England. d. January 1549 Bishops Stortford, He was a Churchwarden at St Michael's Church Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England in the years 1521, 1522, 1536. His son Thomas 2nd and Grandson Thomas 3rd also were Churchwardens. Are there records going this far back? How would I go about finding any records? I want to find Thomas Chandler's b 1475 parents and trace this line further back if possible. And find any additional information about this line.

Answer:

The Chandler family has been well documented and the family history can be found in George Chandler’s The Chandler Family: The Descendants of William and Annis Chandler, who Settled in Roxbury, Mass., 1637 (which is available online through Google Books) in two volumes. The Church Wardens’ accounts date back to 1440 and can be found on microfilm through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City www.familysearch.org. In the online catalog, you will want to search for “Bishops-Stotford” in the place field; otherwise it will not come up.
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