This article was written in 1989 and appeared in the January 1990 issue of the Allred Family Newsletter.
A couple of years ago  I attended my first family reunion in about 30 years. Twice before as a child I went to reunions with my parents and had the best time. At the Lehi [UT] reunion I had a chance to reacquaint myself with wonderful people I hadn't seen since childhood.
I did an informal survey and found out that everyone was having a good time and wanted to have another reunion. The only complaints I heard centered around prior notification. Some folks didn't hear about the reunion in time to attend and many were not able to receive a copy of Dawnell Hatton Griffin's book Kiss The Babies For Me for the same reason.
As a computer programmer it was clear that having family names in a computer would allow reunion organizers, family book publishers and the like to contact everyone in plenty of time.
It also seemed to me that a family newsletter would be the best way to open and maintain the lines of communication. We could notify family members of related activities and also promote the data collection effort so that in the future ALL family members would have the opportunity to participate.
I managed to get a copy of the reunion sign-in sheet and input what I could decipher (about 30 names) into my computer.
Not much was done with the original list until Dawnell Griffin gave me some computer disks which she and Gary Allred had prepared. These disks contained about 1100 names (no addresses) of the descendants of Ephraim L. Allred. I converted the disks and merged them with the addresses of reunion attendees. I sent out partial descendants charts to those with addresses requesting they "fill in the blanks". What I am getting back are the names, addresses, birth/death dates, phone numbers, divorces, etc. of their most immediate family. This in turn leads to contact with other family members not in our files and so on. . .
In August 1989 I attended a reunion of the Louis E. Allred family (my uncle) in Vernal, Utah and collected more names and addresses. After the reunion I met with Dawnell Griffin and she gave me a box of descendants charts which had not been computer input. About 10 years before, her brother-in-law Lloyd Morey went to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and spent a week copying family group sheets for all the Allreds he could find.
I wrote programs to ease the data entry and report writing and used Dr. Rulon Clark Allred's book The Allred Family In America to fill in some of the gaps.
After inputting the information from the descendants charts, the descendants total rose to about 5,000. I have since returned to Rulon's book and have input all the descendants of John not found in the descendants charts. The total grew to 10,118.
The requests for information continue.
I received a copy of "Allred Immigrants And Worldwide Descendants" which contains over 5,000 names and addresses taken from public records (phone books, vehicle registrations, etc.).
These names will be input into the computer into separate files and by correspondence we will increase the family roster greatly--time, money, and manpower permitting.
Once all these people are contacted and we get their information, the total count may rise to 70,000 to 100,000. [we're now up to 146,000]
Our book "The Allred Family Roster" is intended to be a continuing effort. With the aid of computers and participation of family members, the list will continue to grow and we have the capability to produce books on demand.
This means you may buy a book now and a week, a month, or a year later, buy another book with new and updated information.
While growing up, there was always someone compiling names for one reason or another which seemed to be a great duplication of effort.
Therefore I propose a family organization (non-profit corporation) for the newsletter, books, genealogy and related family work. In this way the organization can act as a clearing house for the information we ALREADY HAVE, minimize the duplication of effort, and possibly most important of all, provide a network to link people together who are doing similar types of work.
Dr. Rulon Clark Allred spent 40 years compiling information for his book. Uncle Louis, J. Urban Allred, James V. Allred, Renne Allred and many others devoted countless years to collecting family information.
My dad, Clement Allred, gave a talk in Church encouraging everyone to do their genealogy work and closed with a statement "I admonish you Brothers and Sisters to do the work for your kindred dead, for you never know how soon it will be too late." With that he sat down and passed away.
I want to thank my dad, Uncle Louis, Rulon Allred, J. Urban Allred, James V. Allred, Renee Allred and those that came before and after because without their efforts the job wouldn't get done.
Any family member wishing to participate in the data collection effort may contact me directly.
Fast Forward to 2002
The printed version of the Allred Family Roster was published for several years but was discontinued due to the high cost of production.
In the mid-1990s I published a CD-ROM version of the Allred Family Roster but it too was discontinued because I figured that most of the information was already on the Allred Family Roster Web site so why bother.prg? A few folks have asked about doing the CD again (not everyone has Internet access) so I'm thinking about it.
A 2002 edition of the Allred Family Roster on CD would be in a different format than earlier editions.
How about 23,000 two-generation descendants charts (approximately 6,000 pages) in a plain text (ASCII) file that you can import into your favorite word processor or text editor.prg? The price would be $20.00 with the proceeds going towards the Roster Project.
Let me know if you're interested in seeing the Allred Family Roster on CD. Don@AllredRoster.com
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