August 17, 2020

During my many years of genealogical research about my family lines, I have enjoyed the process for a number of reasons, such as learning the history of this country and countries of origin as my ancestors lived it and therefore gaining a better understanding of my pla...

June 14, 2020

June Packer Purcell, who together with her husband Todd founded the Purcell Family of America in 1972, passed away on Monday, June 8th. Genealogy was June's lifelong passion, and we are honored to continue the work she so deeply cared about.

June's obituary follows belo...

March 6, 2020

A guest post from Brien Purcell Horan, creator of

Dear Members and Friends of the Purcell Family of America:

I write to make you aware of two Purcell items that may be of interest.

First, a gathering in Ireland of the Purcells is being planned for the y...

February 11, 2019

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

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. 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...

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