Purcell Family of America

An association to help those trace the Purcell family line

The Purcell Family of America is an historical and genealogical organization dedicated to research into the history of Purcell ancestors and descendants. The resulting information, along with contributions from members is published in a highly-professional quarterly journal. Through these journals you may learn about your ancestors and make contact with cousins.

History of the Purcell Family of America

Todd and JuneIn the late 60s and early 70s Todd Yost Purcell and June Packer Purcell of Salt Lake City, UT believed a Purcell genealogy organization would benefit all Purcells in their research. During his travels, Todd gathered names and addresses of Purcells from phone books and June wrote more than 1500 letters during the first year offering an exchange of information and discussing the possible establishment of a formal Purcell organization. The Purcell Family Genealogical Society was organized in 1972 as a non-profit organization in Utah and incorporated as Purcell Family of America (PF of A) in 1978. The first journal was issued in April 1972 and is still being published more than three decades later.

Forest and AliceForrest Eugene Purcell and Alice Christ Purcell of Dayton, OH were recruited as the first Journal Editors and as additional membership recruiters, serving until 2000. Journal printing and mailing remained with Todd and June Purcell in Salt Lake City, UT until 1982 and then became the Editor’s responsibility.

A Board of Directors oversees the Association’s activities and Officers are elected every three years at the Association’s Reunion.

Read a more detailed history of the Purcell Family of America,as told by the founder Todd Y. Purcell.