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.
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(Meanwhile, I suggest you switch to a PC!)
This website provides information for anyone who is studying their
Appleby, Applebee, Appelbey, Appelbe, Appelbee, Apelbe
family history, wherever they may live in the world today.
The website was created as part of a One-name Study of the APPLEBY surname (and all variants) which was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. It aims to identify the origins of (and possible connections between) the various known Appleby/Applebee/Appelbe family trees. The first stage of the project was to gather together the necessary data to reconstruct as many Appleby Family Trees as possible - from all over the world.
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.
About the 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 could help to find out more!
In March 2020 I resigned as the Guild representative for the Appleby study - this was not a decision I took lightly, but as well as suffering from a long term medical condition, the increasing demands for help from Appleby descendants all over the world were simply too much and have prevented me from completing research on lines that were in development. The Appleby study is now available for another (younger and fitter!) Guild member to take over. But I have said that I will continue to manage the Appleby DNA Project at Family Tree DNA for yDNA testers for the time being - and I will endeavour to gradually add those Appleby trees that have been in the pipeline for many months/years to this website.
I am no longer able to offer help in reconstructing individual trees - but please do make use of the extensive resources available on this website to research your own Appleby ancestors. And if you spot an error on one of the trees, or would like to provide stories, photographs, etc about any of the lines that are already on the site, please contact me.
Dec 2020 - see details
Use our spreadsheets to aid your 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. The resource pages are divided up into Regions - use the top menu to find the correct collection for your own Appleby ancestors.
Or click on the Regional links in the top menu to take a look at some of the Appleby trees that have already been reconstructed. If you are new to family history research, you may find this page on 'Researching your family tree' helpful: (it is located on one of my other websites, but the information applies to anyone researching their ancestors in the British Isles)
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
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