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February 11, 2019

This post is shared by JF Purcell, who can be contacted at jfpurcell (at) hotmail.com.

For those of you on the Thomas line, I was able to trace down the long known Cattle Mark to my 9x Grandfather Thomas Persells (Purcell). This occurred this last Wednesday [mid Jan 201...

October 15, 2018

We've been testing a new approach to connecting those interested in Purcell history and genealogy using a Facebook group, and the early results are successful enough that we want to encourage all interested in Purcells to dive in, read what others have posted, add comm...

August 5, 2018

When I left off my hunt for John Purcell in the 2017 Vol 46 No 4 Journal in November, I had found how my brick wall, Elizabeth Purcell, 1767-1853, fit into the Purcell family.  She was the daughter of John and Susan Purcell, and the granddaughter of John and Jane Purce...

July 22, 2018

Many Americans researching their ancestry end up checking Ellis Island records at some point. FamilySearch.org posted two interesting blog posts recently about the famous front door to America - including what happened before Ellis Island was built. Each is worth a rea...

May 6, 2018

PFA past president JF Purcell shared the following account.

Finding family history through newly discovered and long lost…Cousins.

The past is not lost when you can discover new cousins and their relationships to your family.  I discovered this, or should I say, re-disco...

March 25, 2018

PFA member Judith Purcell posted the following on the PFA Forum and agreed to have it reposted here. Please visit that thread if you'd like to chat with her and other PFA members!

The following proves that Daniel Purcell, son of Thomas and Christiana, served in the Fren...

February 26, 2018

From Colorado, the Story of a Western Commonwealth.

1933, the first American in Colorado was James Purcell, who hunted beaver and traded with the native Americans for furs.   In the early years of the 19th century, beaver skins could bring $6-$8 a piece in the eastern m...

Heritage is an estate that passes from an ancestor to a descendant—a birthright. This is the story of the Pursel family in Nevada—my family, my great grandparents—my ancestors of whom I am very proud.

Henry Pursel was born in Uniontown, PA in 1829, and his wife Harriet...

January 16, 2018

PFA Journal July 1972 Vol. 1 Number 2

Reverend John McLeod Purcell was the eldest of nice children born to Albert Leland and Marian Caroline McLeod Purcell. He was born 24 October 1861 in McKinley, Marengo County, Alabama. He married Miss Lel Red and was associated with...

January 2, 2018

We are going to post stories about Purcell families taken from past journals. Perhaps you will recognize the name of one of your ancestors in these stories. Enjoy reading them!

April 1971 Vol 1 Number 1

Written by (John) Van Purcell of Paola, Kansas

My great grandfather,...

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October 15, 2018