Patsy, may I add a 'who has thyroid problems' to your question? Out of 4 girls, 2 of my sisters have diabetes. I'm having a glucose tolerance test Tuesday. I am the only one hypothyriod. I have found 3 Allen cousins, all either/or diabetic, thyroid problems. Genetics or today's diets, I wonder? What about dyslexic? They can't have been all that unhealthy. Remove those who died in childbirth and the suicides, and the ancestors we've found seem to have lived fairly long lives. Dave, I don't think that no Allen is related to another. I think the southern Allens are all related somehow, seemingly several times a century.