The Chapman Family Association is Dedicated to Helping Chappies Find Their Roots

Photo: Gil Alford and wife, Mary (Founders of Chapman Family Association)


The Chapman Family Association (CFA) is a Texas non-profit corporation, which has been exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service as provided by Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(7). The Association has no paid staff or employees and depends entirely on volunteer workers.

History of the CFA


Most folks feel that the CHAPMAN CHATTER, a newsletter created and edited by Gil Alford, was the prelude to the Association.

In April 1994, the Association received a Certificate of Incorporation, non-profit status with the I.R.S.  Shortly thereafter, Jim Haynsworth created the Chapman Family Association emblem.

The Chapman Family Association newsletter #1 was published September 1994 and reported 56 members.


Gil Alford was the founder of the Chapman Family Association. No, he didn’t do it all by himself, but he was the moving force that got things rolling. Gil was born 1 Jan 1926 , served in the Army Air Corp in WWII and settled in St Louis to work for McDonald Douglas. He married Mary Louise Newkirk in September 1944. After his retirement he became interested in his Alford genealogy and also began work on Mary’s Newkirk and Chapman Genealogy. He was a pioneer hobbyist with computers which helped in organizing his genealogy and doing correspondence. Gil & Mary created "Chapman Chatter," a newsletter, in 1983 as a vehicle by which to communicate with others interested in Chapman family history and genealogy. Thirty-eight issues of Chapman Chatter”were published over a period of eleven years. In about 1993 Gil believed it was time for other Chappys to begin to take part in the fun, so he talked to interested Chappies about starting an organization which became the Chapman Family Association. The first meeting was held in June 2001 in St Louis. Gil passed away  20 Aug 2013 at the age of 87. He is interred in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri.