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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.

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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.  But to make the project a success, we need YOUR help!

















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!

about 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.


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APPLEBY FLOOD RELIEF FUND - Many of you will have read about the devastating floods that have affected the town of Appleby last winter.  If you would like to make a donation to the Relief Fund,  details of the Charity which has been established and how to make a payment can be found here

Website updated: 20 july 2017 - see details

Have you taken a DNA test?

As well as encouraging direct male line descendants of each of the APPLEBY lines identified on our website to take a yDNA test, we also welcome anyone who has taken an autosomal DNA test to join our DNA project at Family Tree DNA.  If you have Appleby ancestors and you have already taken a DNA test with another company (such as Ancestry or 23andMe) you can now transfer your results to Family Tree DNA and join our Appleby DNA Project ABSOLUTELY FREE!! Click on the image to discover how.


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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.

The image of men and boys at the top of this page shows workers at Embleton Quarry in Northumberland (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