Welcome to the website of the Vance Family Association (VFA), the premier source for any and all information relating to the Vance surname. If you are a Vance or a Vance descendant, we hope you will consider joining us. We invite you to take advantage of the resources we have to offer and to contribute to our efforts to further the study of the genealogy and history of the Vance and variant surnames.
The VFA was established in 1984 by a group of dedicated American Vance descendants in partnership with the heir of the Vaus/Vans line of Barnbarroch, Scotland, from which at that time most Vances were thought to descend. The scope of the organization has since been expanded to include both earlier and later variants of the Scottish surname as well as German surnames such as Wentz and Wantz that were often Anglicized to Vance prior to the 19th century.
We publish a quarterly newsletter, where we collect and share literary, historical, and genealogical records and relics relating to Vance lineages. Every two years, we meet to elect officers, conduct necessary business, and allow members to meet in person.
For current VFA members, we offer on-line viewing of our past newsletters. As of June 2014, all four issues of the 1985-1994 & 2004-2013 newsletters (=80) have been posted on this site under “Archives.” We will post at least four newsletters each month until we reach the current issue. Visit our Newsletter page for more information and a free downloadable copy of one of our newsletters. Our newsletters contain a wealth of genealogical information and family histories. An inventory of our book collection is available for viewing in our Archives section under Book Titles. In 2014, we expect to post copies of the contents of some of our historians’ research files. We hope you will find these materials helpful in researching your Vance family history. Members can also make comments or post queries on our newsletter forum and our Y-DNA forum on this site.