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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.

As we approach our fourth decade of preserving Vance-related pedigrees and history and in order to continue providing relevant and interesting services to our members, the VFA has produced a Strategic Plan to reflect on our history and guide our growth over the next few years.  This plan explains our vision for the VFA and our regular planning process to keep that vision on track for supporting our members through the many changes in the fields of genealogy and surname research.

More specifically for our members we offer services such as:

  • A quarterly newsletter, where we collect and share literary, historical, and genealogical records and relics relating to Vance lineages.  Visit our public Newsletter page for more information and a free downloadable copy of one of our newsletters and a surname index to all of our newsletters.  For current members we offer on-line viewing of all of our past newsletters going back nearly 40 years to the start of the VFA;
  • A face-to-face meeting every two years in different states and locations for members to meet in person and visit historical sites together, and where the VFA meets to elect officers and conduct necessary business.  Summaries and photos from recent meetings are posted in the Archives Section under “Biennial Meetings”;
  • A DNA Project which identifies family groups of Vances using genetic genealogy, primarily using male Y-DNA.  Our Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Project is currently tracking seventeen distinct groups of Vances from Y-DNA results submitted by more than 250 of our members.  Our DNA Advisor is available for questions and advice about the project and also regularly publishes articles in our newsletters;
  • A wealth of genealogical information and family histories which are posted in the Archives section, including files on genealogy, family trees, family history, court records, military service, religious affiliations, correspondence, and burials for various Vance lines;
  • And new to our website this year, a collection of Vance surname-related videos from around the Internet as well as our very own “VFA Short Takes” series of videos on Vance topics of interest to our members!

We hope you will find these materials helpful in researching your Vance family history.  If you have information about your ancestors you would like to share, please contact president@vancefamilyassociation.org  If you would like to submit an article on your family history or a genealogical article of general interest for publication in our newsletter, please contact membership@vancefamilyassociation.org.  We always appreciate contributions from members, researchers, and genealogists who have good Vance family histories to share!