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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.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are viewing this site on an Apple device running IOS 13, you may experience problems with page layout, over-lapping text, etc.  Hopefully, Apple will resolve these issues very soon,

(Meanwhile, I suggest you switch to a PC!)

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 ...

I am afraid I am no longer able to offer help in reconstructing individual trees - I already have a huge backlog of APPLEBY family trees waiting to be fully researched and uploaded to this website - but please do make use of the extensive resources available on the site to research your Appleby ancestors.


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!


In particular, if you are an experienced researcher who would be prepared to take over collecting data and researching lines in your region, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Website updated: 

Jan 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 - so use the top menu to find the correct collection for your own Appleby ancestors.  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.  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

embleton quarry for front page of website

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