NOTE: Older features have been moved to the Archives I and Archives II.


Early families in Europe, the first generations in Connecticut in the 1630s and Pennsylvania in the 1840s. Census records. Browse queries. Find your twig.

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Olde England

Visits the ancestral family homes in Lewes south of London and in Middleton-in-Teesdale in County Durham.

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New England

Guilford, Conn., is the Long Island Sound town that the Parmelees helped settle in 1639.

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Author! Author!

Browse The Family Bookstore. At least a score of relatives have penned books.

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Mail Call

Dozens of family letters -- from 1783 up through the Civil War -- have been found in attics and old desks. Did your ancestor write or receive one?.

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Home, Sweet Home

A collection of family homes from throughout the United States.

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Coats of Arms

So far we've uncovered six!

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Honor Roll

From the 17th-century Colonial wars through today's War in Afghanistan, members of the family have served in the armed forces.

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Take a look at some of our toughest cases. Maybe you hold the key to solving one.

The Pandemic

A Man of
the Cloth

Battle Creek, Mich.'s Rev. Chad Parmalee [Lonnie Ross, Gerald L., Fred Scott Rochester, Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] has been knitting his way through the lockdown. "I'm a servant at heart. I'm often praying for the recipient of whatever gift it is I’m creating, and that's also soothing."

Quaff for the Quarantine

Hazy, juicy and aromatic. Strong hop notes of citra and smooth drinking. Yes, it's Pandemic, the IPA from Parmelee Falls. Catch up with Westin Parmelee [David B., Sherwood "Sherry" E., Earle Lindsley, George Horace, Horace Dudley, Jonathan, Jonathan, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] the brewmaster on the free iOS and Android app Untappd.

And yes, those thundering falls are in his Higganum, Conn., backyard.

Loafing at Home

For months David C. Parmelee [Charles Melvin, Charles Tourot, Edmund James, Charles B., Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] of Shavertown, Pa., has been baking a loaf of bread and delivering it to a different friend, every day. He shares his no-kneed recipe!

Beating the Virus

'I thought: I'm not going to get through this." But Joyce Parmelee, a Connecticut nursing home resident, did. She shares her story with WTIC-TV Channel 61 in Hartford

Fighting Two Battles

Candace Palmerlee [Daniel DeWitt, Curtis DeWitt, Forrest Fay, Franklin DeWitt, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen "Asa" Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John] is coping with the virus -- on top of an autoimmune disease.

Benjamin Franklin to the Rescue

Soon after Benjamin Franklin arrived in Paris as commissioner from the Continental Congress in December 1776, they began arriving in the mail: desperate pleas from American seamen imprisoned in England and those who'd managed to escape to France. One of the hundreds who wrote him for assistance in getting back home was Timothy Parmele [1764-1791; Joseph, Timothy, Joshua, John, John].

Distant Cousins and the Big Church

Washington National Cathedral, which sustained heavy damage in the 5.8 earthquake of August 2011, has completed its $10 million first phase of repairs. The building remains open as workers focus on $22 million in exterior repairs that could take a decade to complete. Megan (Parmele) Field [Thomas Lee, Rufus "Earl" Earl, Edgar Charles, George Spenser, Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] pauses at one of the four piers of the central crossing, the one bearing the names of James C. [1855-1931; William Samuel, Samuel, Samuel, Ezra, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], above, and Alice (Maury) Parmelee (1866-1940). The couple, who lived at The Causeway, were one of the four original $50,000 donors to the construction project, and are buried at the church. ... Megan and James are fourth cousins, five times removed!

Hollywood & Broadway

right brothers' pilot Philip Orin Parmelee [1887-1912; Charles W., Orren M., Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] set many records in the early days of flight, including the first cargo delivery. He also enjoyed a brief movie career, playing the hero in the 1912 Mack Sennett silent comedy "A Dash Through the Clouds," flying a Wright Model B alongside actress Mabel Normand in the final scenes. Philip died in a plane crash outside North Yakima, Wash., just a few months later.

mong the tasks of cousin and prop manager Owen E. Parmele [Eugene Forbes, Owen Settles, Francis "Frank" Owen, Luman E., Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] are preparing the food and making the wine that go on stage each night at "The Norman Conquests."

fter his string of Broadway successes, Hollywood came calling for Clifton Parmelee Webb (1890-1966) when a villain was needed for "Laura." The Indiana native made more than 25 films and was nominated for three Academy Awards. And behind it all was the prodding of one woman, mother Mabel "Mabelle" A. (Parmelee) Webb (1869-1960), who kept a scrapbook.

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Lauren Bacall? Joan Bennett? Humphrey Bogart? Vivien Leigh? Laurence Olivier? They're all in a photo taken at a Hollywood party with Clifton and Mabelle -- but which of these stars was their distant Parmelee cousin?

Animator Theodore "Ted" Parmelee [Cullen Warner, Lauren Sylvester, Dan Steele, Daniel Everett, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], noted for his work on "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and other cartoons was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the 1953 surrealistic short "The Tell-Tale Heart," narrated by James Mason. Ted's views on the decline of animation has resurfaced in a forum for those involved in the industry

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Updated March 29, 2021