The Pennington Research Association maintains an obituary database that collects obituary information. This database includes the following information, if available for an individual:
|1. Prefix (Mr., Mrs., etc.)|
|3. Given Name|
|4. Middle Name|
|5. Maiden Name|
|7. Suffix (Jr., Sr., etc.)|
|8. Born date (could be only a year)|
|9. Died date (could be only a year)|
|15. Burial Place|
|16. Spouse Surname|
|17. Spouse Given Name|
|18. Spouse Middle Name|
|19. Spouse Suffix|
|20. Spouse Maiden Name|
|21. Source of obituary (newspaper that published obituary)|
|22. Obituary url (the url of the obituary, if online)|
|23. Obituary text (the text of the obituary)|
|24. Date published (the date the obituary was published)|
|25. Received From (the person who submitted the obituary)|
|26. Group Number|
|27. Miscellaneous Comments (any additional information/comments submitted with the obituary)|
|28. Unique Identifier (a unique number assigned to an individual)|
At this time, most obituaries do not have a Group number. We are asking members to review the obituary file and help us to assign Group numbers to individuals.
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Download the PRA Obituary Database
This PRA Obituary Database file is now available on our Member's only website hosted by MyFamily.com. It is currently split into three (3) parts to make it easier to download to your computer.
To access the Member's only section of this website, you must be a PRA member. To join the PRA, click here.
Once you download the PRA Obituary Database file/s, uou can search the PDF file/s using the Search command in Adobe Reader*. To start a search, simply click on the Search icon or the Search option found on the Edit Menu. A box will be available for you to enter search terms. For example, if you wanted to search for a Mary Pennington, you could simply type “Mary Pennington” in the search box and every occurrence of “Mary Pennington” in the PDF file will be displayed. You can then click on any of the names returned to review the information. If Mary Pennington was mentioned in the text of someone else’s obituary, it will also be returned. This can assist you in associating families.
*Please note you will need Adobe Reader to open these files. These files cannot be printed but can be copied to your computer. Please note the PRA's copyright policy for use of this material. Click here to read our Copyright Policy to learn how you can use this information.
*If you do not have Adobe Reader, click on this image --> It is a free download.
Electronic Copies of Obituary Source
Starting in July, 2006, we are also collecting an electronic copy of the source of the obituary. For example, if an obituary was found on a website, we will now have available either a PDF or JPG of that obituary as it is listed on that website. If the obituary is submitted through an e-mail, we will have a PDF of that e-mail. If the obituary is submitted via the postal mail, the obituary will be scanned and stored as a JPG. Please e-mail Colleen Blizard, if you want an electronic copy of an obituary.
Submitting Obituary Information
Obituary information can be submitted by e-mail or postal mail. Please e-mail obituary information to Colleen Blizard or postal mail it to Colleen Blizard, 5296 Fleming Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. Obituaries can be sent in their entirety, or, if it is a website, you can submit just the website address (URL).
Please submit obituaries even if it does not contain all of the information that we collect.
The PRA Obituary Editor posts obituaries on the Pennington Message Board as they are entered into the Pennington Research Association Obituary Database.
The Pennington Message Board is a great place to post questions you may have about the Pennington family. You can also request opinions on how to get passed a brick wall you may have run into in your research.
The message boards may also be searched by entering data in the search box. To search only the Pennington Message Board, make sure that the Pennington Board radio button is selected, it defaults to All Boards. Then click on the Go! Button.