Meet the Family

In this section of the website we will highlight various members of the Alsup/Alsop DNA Project.

The first person we will look at is Dale Cardon Alsop, one of our project administrators and webmaster for the project site.

Dale Alsop PhotoDale has been doing traditional genealogy for 40 years and genetic genealogy for nearly 20 years.

The first branch of his family tree researched was his paternal Alsop family line. He started with his 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Hill Allsop (he spelled it with two L's), His father and several of his brothers began spelling it with one L. When asked why he dropped the extra L he said he and his brothers and a few cousins wanted "to get the L out of there". Actually, his uncle did some research on the history of the Alsop family and found in 1911 there was a legal settlement over vast mining interests one branch of the Alsop family had in Bolivia and Chile. He thought his branch of the family would have a greater chance to claim some of the settlement if they spelled the name the same way as the family who won the lawsuit. He convinced several of his cousins to join him in pursuing the legal claim and they all changed the spelling of their name.That strategy didn't work very well as none of them ever saw any of the settlement.

Thomas was born in the small farming and mill town of Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England in 1835. The 1841 census shows him living with his parents and sister in Vale Pleasant near Stoke-on-Trent, also in Staffordshire. His father's occupation is listed as Publican. At that time, a Publican was not a tax collector but the owner of a Public House. This could have been a hotel or merely a public place where alcohol was served. The family seemed to prosper in Vale Pleasant as Thomas received an above average education for the time including private music lessons. Tragedy struck the family with the early death of his father. Thomas was only 14 years old. The added responsibility placed on Thomas to help his mother provide for the family caused him to grow up very quickly.

One day in the early 1850's he experienced an event that would change his life forever. While walking down the street in Stoke on Trent he heard singing from a church service that attracted his attention. Upon entering the Church he learned about a new Christian religion from America called Mormonism. Much to the surprise of his family and friends, he joined with the Mormons after thoroughly investigating their amazing claims.Thomas Hill Allsop Family Photo

In 1857, at the age of 22, Thomas emigrated to Utah and homesteaded 240 acres of barren wilderness a few miles south of Salt Lake City. He built irrigation canals and reservoirs and promoted farming by selling off his land to early pioneer settlers. Later he convinced the railroad and mining companies that his land would be a good location for a smelter. His promotional efforts led to the founding of the city of Sandy. Today the city is the 5th largest in Utah with a population of over 100,000.

Thomas had 12 children who survived to adulthood. Most of those children also had large families so Thomas' descendants now number in the thousands. His descendants can be found throughout the United States but are mostly concentrated in Utah, Idaho, and California.

Thomas' paternal ancestral line has been documented back to William Allsop who was born about 1740 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England. Ashbourne is located 7 miles south of the Allsop ancestral home in Alsop-en-le-Dale. William's father is believed to be John Allsop (born about 1713), also from Ashbourne. This Ashbourne link is important to project members of the I2a1b1 haplogroup who have not yet traced their paternal Alsup ancestry to England. If your TMRCA is within 24 generations of Dale, there is no question that your Alsup/Alsop ancestral line originated in England in the area near the Alsop ancestral home in Alsop-en-le-Dale. To see how closely you are related to Dale, click on the button labeled TEST RESULTS.

Dale's first experience with genetic genealogy was in 1999 with a DNA test performed by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF). SMGF was a philanthropic organization with the goal of helping to connect mankind by using DNA to show how the similarities we possess are greater than the differences. The DNA tests were provided at no cost but you did have to provide a pedigree chart with at least 4 generations of ancestors. This was a real bargain since DNA tests in 1999 were very expensive. Unfortunately, when James Sorenson passed away, his heirs did not share his vision and the business was sold to Ancestry. The remnants of SMGF became the foundation of Ancestry's DNA testing business. Although SMGF didn't provide tools to analyze DNA results, Dale was "hooked" on DNA research and its genealogical implications.

His next exposure to DNA testing was with a FamilyTreeDNA's Y-Chromosome 67 marker test and a Mitochondrial DNA test in 2009. This was followed in 2012 by a number of SNP tests to determine his detailed haplogroup clade. He upgraded to the 111 marker Y-Chromosome test in 2013. In 2014 he upgraded to the full Mitochondrial test and added FamilyTreeDNA's FamilyFinder test (autosomal DNA). Since then he has added autosomal tests from Ancestry DNA and 23andMe. He has also uploaded his autosomal results to GEDmatch and MyHeritage. He has read everything he can find about genetic genealogy. He now finds that genetic genealogy is a critical part of his traditional genealogy research.

In 2009, Dale discovered the Alsup Family Surname project at FamilyTreeDNA. Although it only had a handful of members, he quickly realized that the project had the potential to uncover some of the Allsop family history over the past 900 years. He contacted David Peter Alsup, the project administrator, who agreed with Dale's assessment that we needed to recruit more members. One idea to promote the project was to create a website. Unfortunately, neither of us knew how to create a website. After taking a couple of website classes at a community college, Dale took on the project. The website you are looking at was his first website.

Following the creation of the Alsup/Alsop Surname website, Dale took on a much larger project to create a website to teach people with Waldensian ancestry how to research their family history. Waldensians are the only pre-reformation protestant group to survive the Inquisition. In medieval times, Waldensians were common throughout Europe but when the persecution of the Inquisition began, the surviving Waldensians fled to the mountains to hide from the Inquisitors. A few thousand are still living in the foothills of the Cottian Alps of northwestern Italy, near Turin. After many years of persecution, most fled Italy to the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, Germany and several other neighboring European countries. Today, the descendants of those people now number in the millions. You can learn more about this fascinating piece of history at The Waldensian project was much larger than Dale expected with over 10,000 pages of genealogical information. Unfortunately, the the AlsopDNA project was put on hold. Now that Dale has retired from Xerox and the Waldensian project has been completed, it is time to update the AlsopDNA website. Dale will be contacting members of the project over the next few months to gather information for the website update.