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Allison, Colorado

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Our Genealogical Helper for Allison ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Allison (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Allison. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Allison ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 81 newspapers that have been published in the area around Allison.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Allison, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Allison.

Cemeteries Near Allison ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Allison.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Allison covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Allison Tiffany Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Tiffany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW La Boca Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Ouray Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Carracas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NNW Bayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  NW Crestview Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  W Elco Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  WSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  NNW Shreck Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  ESE Martinez Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Allison in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Allison.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Allison, with the one closest to Allison listed first.

Arboles   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Allison
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Arboles had a post office and railroad service
Rosa (NM) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rosa was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Allison
 - Rosa had a post office and no railroad service
La Boca   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Allison
 - La Boca had railroad service and no post office
Ignacio   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Allison
 - Ignacio had a post office and railroad service
Carracas   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Allison
 - Carracas had railroad service and no post office
Piedra   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Allison
 - Piedra had a post office and no railroad service
Juanita - Historic   [Map]
 - While Juanita was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East (E) from Allison
 - Juanita had railroad service and no post office
Navajo (NM)   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Allison
 - Navajo had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Allison. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Allison in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Allison is located in La Plata County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of La Plata County: Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, Montezuma, San Juan & San Juan (NM).

Below are the counties that are near Allison. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Allison:

La Plata     (The home county for Allison)
      Ignacio   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bayfield   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gem Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vallecito   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Durango   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Lewis - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hesperus   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marvel   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arboles   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chimney Rock   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pagosa Springs   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chromo   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Rio Arriba (NM)
      Navajo City (NM)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dulce (NM)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
San Juan (NM)
      Navajo Dam (NM)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blanco (NM)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aztec (NM)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bloomfield (NM)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flora Vista (NM)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      La Plata (NM)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Allison, see our County-by-County Page for Allison.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Allison:

These websites are specific to Colorado:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Colorado to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to La Plata County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Archuleta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rio Arriba County (NM):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Juan County (NM):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Colorado:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Colorado,     of La Plata County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Colorado     Cemetery Wiki for Colorado
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Colorado,     of La Plata County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Colorado
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      New Mexico

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Colorado

About La Plata County

About Colorado

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Allison. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for La Plata County:

The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Allison. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Allison) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Allison. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Allison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Allison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0254, Longitude: -107.4860     [Map].

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Allison, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Allison.