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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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About the Appleby One-name Study

The Appleby Research Organisation was founded in 1991 by Peter Talbot-Ashby, to provide a forum to foster discussion and the exchange of genealogical information about the APPLEBY surname. From 1991 onwards, Peter disseminated the information gathered from members in regular printed Newsletters, which were mailed to members around the world.  In 1997, the ARO website was set up which provided a message board, allowing members to participate in on-line discussions, post queries and share ideas.


In 2013, due to failing health, Peter passed on all the resource material and the management of ARO to three existing members:

  • Sue, in London - who was already running the Appleby DNA Project, took over the Guild of One-name Studies registration and became the Co-ordinator - with a special interest in reconstructing Appleby Trees and collection of data, as well as maintaining this website;

  • Peter, in Australia - who was already managing the ARO website and the online forums (as well as running Oz Gen Online, an Australian genealogical resource organisation) continued these responsibilities;

  • Terry, in France - who took on the role of Archivist.


We all have a personal genealogical interest in the Appleby surname too - Sue's line was in Bethnal Green by the 1800s but may have originated in the Midlands; Pete's originated in the West Midlands and migrated to Australia and Terry's line is based in Scarborough (he also has a huge collection of Scarborough data held on several websites).


APPLEBYs in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

We know that many of the visitors to this website belong to Appleby/bee lines in other parts of the world - and while we are endeavoring to add world-wide resource material to this site and to include more Appleby family trees from other countries, we know that almost all of these lines will have originated in the British Isles.  There are a few overseas lines included in 'The New world' section, and I am currently collecting entries for APPLEBYs in US and Canadian censuses.


This is one of reasons why we put a high priority on our DNA Program - because this is one sure-fire way of establishing WHERE in the UK all those overseas lines may have originated.  We have already had some successing in confirming links back to specific geographic regions in England for testers in overseas lines.  If you belong to an overseas line of Applebys, please do share details of your Appleby tree with us and try to identify a male Appleby descendant in your line who would agree to participate in our DNA Project.


Together we hope to provide the resources to help you research your APPLEBY ancestors and hope that you will work with us so that YOUR Appleby line can be included on this website.


In this section of the website you will find the following pages:

  • Become a Member - membership is free and we will try to put you in touch with others researching the same Appleby line, and keep you updated with occasional mailings

  • Past Newsletters - early ARO Newsletters are archived on the ARO website; Newsletters covering the development of the DNA Project from 2010 - 2012 are held on this site; from 2012-2016 onwards our New Appleby Orchard took over as a rolling online Newsletter, and now we are circulating occasional Newsletters to all members on our Mail Chimp mailing list.

  • Resource Index - our growing Resource area includes Census and BMD records, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Applebys in Military Records, Appleby Wills & Probate records, Apprenticeship Records, and Hearth Tax records ... we will add more Resources as we gather them!

  • Name Index and List of Trees currently on this site - this should help you identify if we already know about your line of Applebys

  • Origins and Distribution of the APPLEBY surname - this section looks at the places in England where we believe the surname may have originated and also provides some distribution maps showing where in England and Wales we have found APPLEBYs and APPLEBEEs in the 1841, 1881 and 1891 census.

  • Latest updates to this website

  • Contact Page - use this form to tell us about your own Appleby connections, and to ask to join our Mailing List

I have been researching my own and my husband's family history for nearly twenty years, but became so interested in my grandmother's line that I set up a one-name study into the surname ADAMTHWAITE in around 2004 and registered the study with the Guild of One-name Studies in 2007.  All the Adamthwaites originated in a small parish in north-west England called Ravenstonedale, and there was so much intermarrying of the families before the 18th century, this has led me to also set up a DNA project looking into all the old families from that parish.  In 2013, I took over the registration of an existing APPLEBY one-name study (my husband’s family line).  As you can probably imagine, my own family history research has been somewhat neglected!


I am a member of the Society of Genealogists and the Guild of One-name Studies.  In 2015, I completed the Certificate in Family History Skills and Strategies (Intermediate) Distance Learning Course with Pharos Tutors - which I thoroughly recommend to anyone wishing to further their knowledge in genealogy (Pharos run online courses on a range of different topics at various levels). In Autumn 2017 I started their Advanced Certificate course – and already I am discovering lots more about earlier ancestors.  This is a challenging two-year course, so I apologise for any slow response rates to enquiries.


If you find any errors in the following pages, or if you can provide further details about an existing or information about a new line of Applebys, please do contact me using the Contact Form


Sue Mastel, Coordinator

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