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Ashley Odell

Current Location:: Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private User and Janice Burchards
Half sister of Private User; Private; Private; Private; Amy Elizabeth Rentler and 2 others

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Immediate Family

    • Private User
    • Private User
      half sibling
    • Private
      half sibling
    • Private
      half sibling
    • Private
      half sibling
    • half sister
    • Private User
      half sibling
    • Private
      half sibling

About Ashley Odell

Note to read before messaging me

I will absolutely reply to your messages and requests, but please expect and excuse a little delay. If you need help with a specific line, you will probably get a speedier response from someone (including me) if you post a discussion thread. I am unfortunately unable to assist with tree-building for the time being. Thank you for your understanding.

Hello there!

I am a historian and a curator for Geni. I work on special projects focused on geographic and topical themes. I also coordinate the BillionGraves Team and translate the site into Irish. You may have met me at the Geni booth at conferences like RootsTech or NERGC.

If you follow the Geni Blog, you've likely seen some of my work. If I built a profile for you or a close relative and you have no clue who I am, odds are you have a notable relative -- ask me about it! If you have questions about the genealogy of a specific person or the information on their profile, please consider using the "Discussions" tab on their profile instead of sending me a private message so that we can work out the answer more quickly and collaboratively as a group.

When I'm not working on special projects for Geni, I like to work on my own direct ancestors, who include:

Although I am predominantly European-American, my recent ancestry includes significant percentages of Yoruba, Mandinka, and Bantu on my maternal side, and undetermined Native American on my paternal. (My paternal grandfather was adopted.) Deeper DNA analysis narrows the Native American roots to Abenaki, Métis, and/or Mohawk. I also have an Ashkenazi DNA connection, which I believe to have narrowed down a Lithuanian family that passed through England.

In an exciting development, I learned in early 2015 that my father's surname was supposed to be Williams and that we trace back to Colonial South Carolina, of all places. Y-DNA testing is pretty great stuff!


Geographically, I am most active in the Bahamian and New England branches of the World Family Tree. Projects that catch my interest are often about fraternal organizations, comedy and popular culture, higher education and alumnae/i affiliations, founders and groundbreakers, creative people, and women and minority groups. Things like royalty, the Mayflower, and celebrity connections aren't of much interest to me. I prefer simple and marginalized folks over elite ones. I do work on a lot of celebrity trees, but mostly to help with the Geni blog and attracting more people to genealogy. In my perfect world, I could work solely on the poor farmers of Vermont and fishers of the West Indies. Alas.

In terms of Geni-specific conversation, I like discussing the best ways to help users become better genealogists, emphasizing quality above all, and understanding primary vs. secondary sources. I am on a mission to keep discourse cordial and productive, and I invite you to join me.

Research notes

Most recent immigrant ancestors

These are the most recent ones I can officially document side-to-side. For others, I know where they came from but still need the connecting documents.