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Updated 20 February 2015

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It is believed that the Old family was from England where various spelling: Old, Olds, Ould, and Wold were used. In the United States, there are three main branches of the Old family: Norfolk, VA; Amelia, VA and Albemarle, VA. Most of the members of the Old family in the U.S. can trace themselves to one of these three branches. In addition, the s was frequently added to Old. Olds is also believed to be English. The s was added to surname after the first or second generation in this country. Olds settled primarily in colonial Massachusetts and then spread throughout the North. This group includes Ransom Eli Olds, founder of the Oldsmobile and Edson B. Olds who wrote (in 1915) The Olds (Old and Ould) Family in England and America.

The following branches have a common ancestor, John Old of Amelia Co., VA, died 1768:  Amelia Co., VA., Halifax Co., VA., Botetourt Co., VA., Davidson Co., TN, Weakley Co., TN, Oregon Co., MO., Titus Co., TX., Arkansas, and Arizona.<br><br>Recent testing of a descendent of the Old Family of Albemarle County, VA  indicates that there is not a connection between this branch and the two other major branches, Norfolk and Amelia.  Thus, there are three distinct unrelated branches of the Old Family.<br><br>Other new testing shows that the Olds of Lauderdale County, TN are not related to Norfolk but is related to the Olds in New England.<br><br>Also, descendents of George W. Olds (b. 1813 in VA) are not related to any of the branches listed.  They are an 11 out of 12 match with the Old Family of Albemarle Co., VA.

We received results from another Olds Family that had their DNA processed through Ancestry.com.  The results are as follows:

3  3  -  1  3  3  3  4  3  4  3  3  3  4  4  4  4  4  4  4
9  9  1  9  9  8  8  2  8  3  8  9  8  5  5  5  5  5  4  3
3  0  9  b  1  5  5  6  8  9  9  2  9  8  9  9  5  4  7  7
               a  b           |     B     a  b
13 25 16    11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 29 16 9  10 11 11 25 15

This is only a partial on the DNA results but it is identical to the Y-12 of the descendants of John Old of Amelia Co., VA.