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the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

Surnames covered in our DNA project:



plus any other variants


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The current banner shows Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland - a county in the far north east of England, bordering Scotland.  This region is home to a number of Appleby lines - and our DNA project has confirmed genetic connections between several of these, which also match lines in Canada, USA and Ireland.

We hope this project will be of interest to anyone who is studying their

Appleby, Applebee, Appelbey, Appelbe, Appelbee, Apelbe

family history, wherever they may live in the world today.  



















The Project is a One-name Study of the APPLEBY surname (and all variants) which is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies, and aims to identify the origins of (and possible connections between) the various known Appleby/Applebee/Appelbe family trees.  The first stage of the project is to gather together the necessary data to reconstruct as many Appleby Family Trees as possible - from all over the world.  To do this, we need the help and cooperation of all you Appleby researchers.



Find out more about the APPLEBY/BEE surname

Take a look at the section on Origins and Distribution of the Appleby surname, read about how our Project has grown and developed, and find out how we are using DNA to confirm links between different geographical clusters of Appleby lines.


To discover if any of your Appleby/bee ancestors are already included in the Family Tree charts displayed on this site - please check the Master Name Index.



About our DNA Project

Although DNA testing can never replace traditional genealogical research, it is proving a very valuable tool for validating reconstructed family trees and discovering if and how such trees link together, in particular when such links may have existed many generations ago, before written records  are available.  We have already made many exciting discoveries and identified links between a number of trees in different geographical areas.  YOU can help us to find out more!

Welcome to the Appleby One-name Study and DNA project ...

If you have any queries, comments or suggestions relating to this Project, or if you would like to submit YOUR Appleby tree, please contact the administrator using the link on the left.


Why not become a Member of our Mailing list and stay in touch?  And if you have a bit of spare time, find out how you can help ensure that our website covers even more APPLEBY/BEE lines!

Website updated: 

7 feb 2018 - see details

Let us help you research your APPLEBY ancestors

If you are researching your own Appleby/bee line take a look at our resource section, where you will find links to essential data, such as Applebys in the censuses, parish records and Wills and Probate indexes.  We also have a page containing information about Applebys in Military Records.


Or click on the Regional links in the top menu to take a look at some of the Appleby trees we have already reconstructed.

This image of men and boys shows workers at Embleton Quarry in Northumberland (at the time it was owned by Mark Appleby). Descendants of Mark (standing, third from left in back row) contributed the photo (which you can see on this page of the site

embleton quarry for front page of website thumb of aug 2017 newsletter

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NEWSFLASH .... are you wondering about the identity of the founder of the Appleby company in Bermuda that features in so many reports about the 'Paradise Papers' tax evasion scandal? 

See this page