Pennington Research Association

Obituary Database

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.)
2.      Surname
3.      Given Name
4.      Middle Name
5.      Maiden Name
6.      Nickname
7.      Suffix (Jr., Sr., etc.)
8.      Born date (could be only a year)
9.      Died date (could be only a year)
10.    Age
11.    City
12.    County
13.    State
14.    Country
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  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 --> Get Adobe Reader  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. Message Boards

Once at obituary page, do a search for "Pennington" or "Penington" and it will take you to that board.  The board is now "read-only" and new entries will not be allows.

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