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

Mailing to all Members - April 2017

Dear …..


I am contacting everyone on our Mailing list, to let you know that I have recently transferred our list to Mail Chimp, which will make it much easier to let you all know when we issue a new Newsletter or have any important information to share with everyone.  Don’t worry – we don’t intend to fill your inbox with loads of emails!  But if you have any objection to being included on this list, please do let me know.


We are undertaking some organisational changes at the moment, including merging the various Appleby websites into this website (which we hope will make it less confusing for everyone) – so please bear with us if there are any transitional problems – I will send you a short message when it is all up and running.


Your membership details

It would be most helpful if you could check the information we have for you – particularly your country of residence and the name of the line of Applebys which you belong to if this information is missing from the summary below.  We have also identified that there were quite a few duplicate Membership numbers on our master list, so please note that the one listed below is now your current number!


  • Membership number:  ……

  • Country of Residence: …….

  • Line of Applebys (if known) or at least the name and place of origin of your most distant known Appleby: ………………………..


Those of you who have taken DNA tests as part of our DNA Project, should have this info in front of the name of your Appleby line.


I also know that there are likely to be some changes to some of your email addresses in the near future (yahoo and some btinternet addresses are likely to be affected very soon!) – so please make sure that you notify me at appleby at one-name dot org if you switch to a new email address or to update any of the information held above.


DNA update

On the DNA front, we now have an impressive 41 sets of yDNA results (75% of which match at least one other project member) but still need more testers, particularly from lines originating in the south west of England and in the Midlands.  In recent months we have also had a number of new members joining our Appleby DNA project at Family Tree DNA who have taken Family Finder autosomal DNA tests (or transferred their Ancestry or 23andMe DNA data to this company).  If you have taken an autosomal DNA test with another company, you can now transfer your raw data to ftDNA absolutely free  - there is a link on the front page of our website with information on how to do it (and then don’t forget to join up to our DNA Project Group here!)


Appleby Family Trees

We now have a massive 81 reconstructed family trees on our website – is yours there yet?  You can view the current list of all Appleby trees on this page of our website.


The list also gives details of all the trees I am currently working on, and updates required to some of the existing trees … it is quite a workload, so any help will be most gratefully received!  And I have also added columns to this list showing which lines already have yDNA and FF test results in our DNA Project.


Old family photos and family stories and recollections

Some of the home pages for the above trees are a bit lacking in personal references – so if you can contribute stories about your Appleby ancestors, or better still, photos of any of them, please do send them in to me - photos should be in JPG format (as high quality as possible) and stories in Word.  If they are too long to fit on the page, I can always attach them as pdf documents.

I look forward to hearing from you


Best wishes



Sue Mastel

Co-ordinator, Appleby One Name Study and DNA Project

I have just sent a mailing via our new Mailing Service at Mail Chimp to all the members currently on our mailing list.  However, quite a few of the emails have already been returned with unknown email addresses!  If YOU think you should have received this mailing but did not - please contact me as soon as possible at appleby at one-name dot org with your correct email address. Or, if you are not already a member, please complete our Membership form


Here is a copy of the email:

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