Hi In 1706 Willem or Wilhelm Odendaal arrived in Cape Town by ship and became the forefather from whom all Odendaal 's in South Africa derive. The VOC (Dutch company) were in charge of the Cape Colony at the time of his arrival and as such the spelling of Odenthal were changed to a dutch format Odendaal and since then it is the Afrikaans way of spelling our surname deriving from Odenthal. I am Jacobus Paulus Wilhelmus Odendaal from Rouxville in the Southern Free State Province of South Africa. I visted Europe in June 2006 and went to see the little town Odenthal where Willem came from. We have the complete family layout from Willem Odendaal 's arrival in 1706 until today. We Odendaal 's are very interested in knowing more of our history before 1706 and any other Odendaal or Odenthal who may be our distant family. There is a lot of Odendaal's in South Africa. My e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like ANY correspondence regarding Odenthal's all over the world. We Odendaal's in South Africa are very strong on Tradition. My Apologies for English vocabulory that may be wrong , we are Afrikaans speaking.