You got lucky today! Welcome home!
I'm president of the 450 member National Allison (Allanson) Family Association and am delighted to lead you to your long-lost family. And what a huge and tight family it is!
Yes, there is a mountain of Allison family history out there -- a century worth of it. Lots of folks claim to have discovered our history, but I go with the dated writings which prove that the pioneers of our history were already at work long before any of us were even born.
Virginia Allison Sheip (1875-1955) began her research in 1898 according to surviving dated papers. By the 1920's she already knew the name of the immigrant ancestors and that they were English. Equally important, Mary Turpin Layton of Washington DC was working not long after Virginia. In 1950 Mary published a booklet of info on the immigrant ancestors which has been widely available through LDS for decades. In addition, another family member, T.B. Gotham, was work at work by the 1940's. So Allison family history certainly isn't anything new! We do credit Virginia Allison Sheip as our family's first researcher and the one who "broke ground". Plus the first one to discover the identity of the immigrant ancestor. For that she deserves much praise!
BTW: Virgina was regularly taking the train to Old Fort in McDowell County in the 1930's to interview elderly family members and record their family stories and what they knew of family history. Pricelss history! She recorded much lost history which sheds light and fills in the gaps created by burned Burke County records. She also collected priceless family Bible data during her visits.
Our association was founded in 1996 at the first NATIONAL ALLISON FAMILY REUNION in nearby Brevard, NC. The organization and the reunion have grown by leaps and bounds. Reunion attendance usually runs over 400 people for the full weekend event.
The organization publishes THE ALLISON FAMILY VOICE, a large quarterly family magazine loaded with family history and news of the present family. Members from all across America contribute articles and stories to the publication. There are over 200 genealogists in the organization!
The National Allison Family Reunion is a private event of the association, but we invite all lines and branches of the family to attend as our guests. Attendance is strictly by advance CONFIRMED RESERVATION only at this elborate affair which always includes a big variety of live entertainment and several family history workshops. Sorry, no walk-ins without reservations are admitted to the reunion as it is a fully catered affair, so get reservations! For information, including dates and how to get reservations, contact me by e-mail.
Membership is open to any and all descendants, regardless of surname today, of THOMAS ALLANSON/ALLISON (1639-1684), LORD OF CHRISTIAN TEMPLE MANOR, the immigrant ancestor. For membership information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org