Digger Dawg, Sorry to be so slow getting back to you -- have not looked at the Forum, and just got a new password to get back in.
Most of us assume our branch came directly from England, but have no proof. I knew some came via Canada, but you are the first to show up. Do you have a link to England?
y-DNA does not promise to find your ancestors, but the first step is to determine what "haplogroup" (blood line) you are in, and then looks for matches in the "Odell Project" and in the entire data collection. You can follow up on these and might find some connections. I found a 2nd cousin twice removed that I had neve heard of, and also show relatively good matches to people in the Woodall Project. It has long been claimed that the variants of Odell and the variants of Woodall have a commmon origin.
Beneficial? No guarantee, but I believe it could help. If you can afford it, I would recommend the y-DNA 37 test which does the most in the way of finding matches. I think the current cost is $149. You can check out the various test possibilities by going to worldfamilies.net/surnames/odell/ and and clicking on the Order Test heading. You can click on each test to get an explanation. I do not get a cut on any of the testing, I am only a volunteer Administrator of the Odell Project.
I hope you will decide to join us. You could start by sending me a list of your lineage to put in the Patriarch collection -- you can do that even if you decide not to do the testing. Click on the Patriachs heading to see what some members have submitted. I will format and add yours to the collection.
Good luck, in any event,
E. Wayne O'Dellewodle@msn.com
Administrator of the Odell DNA Project
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