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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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August 2011 Newsletter

researching the lives of soldiers of my home village over the past year and have found it very rewarding, so I couldn’t refuse the offer!  Over the past few weeks I’ve been building up lines to link with the military Applebys.  I have a lot

of new trees from around the country to add and these should on the website soon, so watch out for updates!  With more and more information being added to the Project as time goes on, being based in the North East of England I happily volunteered to take over the running of the Northern lines.


The new Military page is still a work in progress and lots more records will be added over the coming weeks.  If you have any information, updates or questions about the military records or northern families, please do get in touch with me via the contact form.


As you can see, Craig has also offered to take on responsibility for the Northern Appleby lines - what a hero! - so if you have any additions or corrections to existing Northern Appleby trees on this site, or if you have a NEW Northern line to add to the site,  please get in touch.

Applebys in Military Records

You will find Craig's new Military Records section here - if you can contribute more details of your own Appleby ancestors who should be included, or if you can identify which Appleby line some of the existing entries belong to, please do contact Craig and let him know.  Photos would be welcome too!

Appleby lines from South West England

Prompted by new information from a contact from another descendant of the line of Applebys that migrated from Somerset to Tasmania, I have started work on compiling spreadsheets for the many Applebys that appear in the South West Counties of England.  There seem to be quite a few lines appearing, but it is quite slow going.  The first spreadsheets covering Applebys in early censuses in the county of Somerset can be found here - more will follow over the next few weeks, along with details of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Will transcriptions

I have started to load up transcriptions of Appleby wills onto the Will Transcriptions website.  I have several more waiting to be transcribed which I will pass on to Peter Ward who runs this excellent site, but I would like to encourage any of you that have any wills, Appleby ones or otherwise, to also send transcriptions (or at least summaries of the people mentioned in the will) to Peter for inclusion.  As the website was featured in the most recent issue of 'Your Family Tree' I am hopeful that other people looking for Applebys will contact me as a result of finding those Wills on the website.

The first excellent news is that we have a new Appleby researcher helping me out with this website ... which as you have probably noticed is growing fast!  We now have 41 reconstructed Appleby trees on the website (with more in the pipeline), and 13 sets of yDNA results, which have already proved that several lines in the Northern counties are linked with common ancestors.  I will let Craig introduce himself ...

a bit about me

When I asked Craig to write a short bio about himself to include in this Newsletter, it occurred to me that I have never introduced myself.  So I thought I had better do so, in case any of you were wondering how I came to be interested in the Applebys


Appleby SHOULD actually be my own married surname, but my husband's grandfather changed his name from Appleby to Mastel in rather dubious circumstances.  When I first started researching our family tree about 12 years ago I tried to do all lines of our ancestry, but hit brick walls first with my own maternal grandmother's line the Adamthwaites and then with my husband's Applebys.  

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As Adamthwaite was such an unusual surname (and one that had always fascinated me) I thought if I collected ALL the Adamthwaite records, I would surely discover where my own ancestors fitted ... I soon discovered that what I was doing had a name: a One Name Study!

I registered my Adamthwaite study with the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2005.


After some experience of using genetic genealogy with my own Adamthwaites, I decided that the only way to break down our Appleby brick wall was through yDNA testing, so I contacted Peter Talbot-Ashby (who as many of you know is the person who runs the Appleby One Name Study) and he agreed that I could set up a yDNA study for the Applebys and this website to coordinate it.  Peter was also able to help enormously by providing details of a number of the Essex Appleby trees that appear on this site.


I'm still hopeful that, one day, I'll find another Appleby line that matches our Appleby DNA!


You can contact me at [email protected]

Clarence Appleby

Latest DNA results

I am really pleased to report that we now have two clear clusters of lines (both centred in the northern counties of England) that each share a common ancestor.  Considering our DNA project is so new, this is really impressive!


GROUP ONE includes the following Appleby lines:

  • the Applebys of Haswell (most distant known ancestor was John Appleby, born about 1786 in Lanchester, Co Durham)

  • the Applebys of Embleton (Thomas Appleby was born in about 1817 in Long Framlington, Northumberland)

  • William Appleby of Philadelphia (who arrived in PA in the 1770s from Ireland)


GROUP TWO includes the following Appleby lines:

  • Henry Appleby of Kirkby Malzeard (Henry was married in 1687 in Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire)

  • Robert Appleby of Thornaby and Eryholme (most distant known ancestor was Robert b 1777 in Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire, however, we have no written records that linked him to Henry above)

  • Thomas Appleby of Leeds (married in 1818 in Leeds, Yorkshire)

  • and probably also the line of William Appleby of Framwellgate (William was born in about 1756 in Sunderland, Co Durham)


We still have a further five sets of results that do not (YET!) link to any other line - but I am confident as we add more DNA test results to our database, we will discover more shared heritage.


So if you are reading this, and you are male and your surname is Appleby ... why don't YOU volunteer as a participant in our DNA programme?  Contact me today to find out if you qualify for one of our highly subsidised test kits.

Sue Mastel

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A message from our new Website Administrator

Hi everyone!  My name is Craig and I’m delighted to be helping out with the Appleby DNA Project.  I’ll be managing the new Applebys in Military Records page and also the Northern England Applebys.  


A brief history on my time with Project: I first came across the Project by chance on Google, trying to get further with my own Appleby ancestors.  Excitedly, a great deal of information on my own line had already been researched!  Since then I have worked with a distant cousin in building the bigger picture of our line and fed this back.   I decided the other week to trawl the net for Applebys killed in World War I and add this information to the Project.  Unexpectedly, Sue asked if I would like to contribute more military info and manage a new page.  I’ve been

Those of you who belong to the Appleby Research Organisation will shortly be receiving their copy of the 80th Edition of ARO's Newsletter, The Apple Orchard.  This edition celebrates 20 years of Newsletters!  I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Peter for such an achievement.


The Apple Orchard