I am new to trying to unearth the family genealogy and frankly am almost 100% clueless on where to start. I am trying to solve a dispute that has lasted a couple of generations. One side states the Allen's of my lineage are from England, another says Germany, and the other says from Scottland. I am trying to figure out which is true or if all are true. This is all I have to go on right now and any help on how to move forward would be greatly appreciated: My Father is Frank Carroll Allen born in Rutherfordton Feb 9, 1947. His Father was James Washington Allen. His Father was James Francis Allen. His Father was James Washington Allen the first. Thanks for any info you may have.