Pennington Research Association


This is the website for the Pennington Research Association (PRA). 

Important Notice

We NO LONGER accept member applications.

The Pennington Research Association, Inc. (PRA) Board of Directors have reluctantly decided to dissolve the Pennington Research Association, Inc.  We started this discussion in 2020 and hope to complete all actions no later than March 1, 2022.

While the PRA is dissolving, it won't be until March 1, 2022, so you have plenty of time between now and then to enjoy the many benefits of being a PRA Member!  During this period of time, the PRA will provide full services to our active members.

This includes the following:

  • Access to all of our members-only content in the members-only section of our website AND our thousands of digital files in our digital Archives/Library.
  • Plus, all active members as of 1/1/2021 all membership dues will be suspended.  This means you will NOT be asked to pay dues for 2021 so your dues payment now will be good all the way through our process up until March 2022.
  • Plus, access to the PRA's MyHeritage website for the rest of the process.
  • Plus, we are working with the National Genealogical Society (NGS) to ensure all our digital material is preserved and continue access to the PRA's MyHeritage website is available after we dissolve.
  • Plus, we are working with NGS to provide a full year of FREE membership in the NGS if they are an active member as of 1/1/2021.
  • Plus, we are working with NGS to continue support for our PRA Archives/Library located in the Lilly Library, Earlham College, Indiana.

Gene Pennington, Chairman of the Board and Research Director.



A Message from the President

In 1965 Bea Holmes gathered a group of people interested in finding their Pennington ancestors. This group grew to become the Pennington Research Association.

About 40 years ago, I joined this group. Searching family history then was very different than now. People were travelling to locations where their Pennington ancestors lived to find out about their lives. Information with others was shared by letters, newsletters, and other publications. Family reunions helped people to get to know each other and share information.

Moving forward to the 21st century, the amount of information found on the internet increased. People did not need to get to know each other and attend family reunions. Publications and family reunions slowly ceased.

As a sign of the times, family history associations focusing on one name became a relic of former times. Now this has come to our family history association, the Pennington Research Association. The Board of Directors made a very difficult and sad decision to dissolve the Pennington Research Association. We also decided to try to find a way to keep our information online for future researchers. The Board of Directors is now working on this process.

We will be keeping our members informed as this process continues in the coming months. During this time, we will all try to stay Pennington Strong.

Betsy VanAuker

President PRA

We Will Never Forget!

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September 11, 2001

The three words on the scroll of the Coats of Arms are "Vincit amor patriae"

"Vincit amor patriae" means "The love of my country prevails" or "Love of Country Conquers" which is the United States Army 28th Infantry Regiment's motto.   "Vincent amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido" means "The love of my country exceeds everything."

The following motto appears in English above the mountain cat of the original Baron Muncaster Crest.  "Firm, Vigilant, Active" -Virg. AEn. vi. 823 v. Muncaster b. Pennington

Pennington Research Association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible.  Comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Copyright 2000 - 2021 Pennington Research Association, Inc. - All Rights Reserved 

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