Introduction to Family Groups
By John Alan Pennington, Past Assistant Research Director for Family Groups
The families that carry the Pennington name are spread all over the planet. Although we suspect that we all descend from the same limited number of ancestors in the English village of Pennington, we have been unable to tell where all of the far flung Penningtons sit on the family tree. Several bunches of Penningtons have been fitted together in groups with documented relationships. Each of these groups has as its progenitor the oldest Pennington male, whose parentage is unknown. Each Family Group is named for that person.
From time to time we discover who the parents of one of these Family Group progenitors is, and when that happens we meld two Family Groups together under the oldest ancestor. There are other groups of Penningtons that don't fit into any of the known groups, although someone may have significant information about them. When that happens, we hope someone steps forward to form a new Family Group.
The Family Group Leaders keep in touch with other Family Group members, do their own research, and report at least annually to the PRA. Several Group Leaders have their own web sites. Most submit proposals for updating the Pennington genealogy, which are then entered into the master files. This significantly improves the quality of the files and makes further research easier and more certain.
That's why the Family Group Leaders are so important. We have more Family Group Leaders than we've had in years past, but there are still a lot of groups that are unrepresented. We hope that interested persons will step forward and accept the challenge of representing their Family Group.
Copyright © 2001 John Alan Pennington, 3/14/01