Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our families. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our families stay connected even though we live far apart.
On this page I'll provide a little information about who I am and what inspired me to do this research. Most of this information was obtained from living relatives and from researching public records. In the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever realized!
Ever since 1990 when I returned to the Allen Family reunion, and purchased a computer, I have been interested in researching the Allen family as well as my own Conley family origins. I interviewed family members to get as much information as I could, and I discovered that the Mormon church near here had a family history room that I could use to help find out more about my ancestors.
At one time I even used a professional genealogist to make preliminary research so that I could have a starting point from which I might be able to locate my ancestors.
About this time I purchased a software program (Family Tree Maker) and started to enter my known information into a database of family members.
When I went to the software internet page I found that there were limited amount of research sites that might help me.
Since that time the amount of information available for genealogical research has expanded to the point that volunteers all over the world are transcribing written documents to computer databases that can be searched from any home computer.
The process is a slow one, and the information comes in bits and pieces from every location. Most of the general information comes from free sites such as Rootsweb, but a lot of it can only be obtained by subscribing to pay-for-info sites such as Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, and several others.
All are in the process of copying actual census microfilm pages to pictures that can be downloaded.
The problem is that some counties in some states and countries are still in the early process of completing their task, so some information is still not available.
I have subscribed to a couple of pay sites, and it has still not broken the wall that will enable me to find Douglass parents. The 1790 census in the United States shows that ALLEN was the ninth most common name in the country.
In the meantime, you can be sure that I will be constantly checking all available sources for data that will break this loggerhead.
The information on these pages was obtained through public records, family written and verbal records, as well as information obtained through the many internet resources now available free and by subscription. In addition, many cousins revealed by these sources contributed much information by contact through the internet and by postal service.