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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!)

Name Index

The Master Name Index opens as a pdf file and includes the names of all individuals shown on the Family Trees included on this website to date.  The list is sorted by surname (all Appleby variants are grouped together) then forename, and as well as known dates of birth and death shows the name of the Family Tree in which each individual appears.

The list currently includes over 7,660 individuals; the pdf is 87 pages long.

The name index is updated each time a new tree is added to this website.


HINT!!  The Name index contains loads of individuals with the names William Appleby, Thomas Appleby, Elizabeth Appleby and so on.  (for example, there are over 360 'William Applebys'!)  So, unless your Appleby ancestor has a distinctive set of forenames, it is usually MUCH easier to search for the name of a known spouse to find which tree your line belongs to.

Index to Family Trees

If you would like your Appleby Family Tree included on this site, or if you are unsure whether your ancestors fit into one of the trees already publishied, please use the Contact Form (top left) to discuss the best format in which to submit your tree (GEDCOMs preferred!)  I shall continue to reconstruct family trees from census and parish record data, and will add these as they are completed - however, if I have already included YOUR tree, I would welcome all your corrections and additions.

To view the individual pages for the family trees, first click on one of the tabs in the top menu for the Region you are interested in, where you will find links to the home pages for each of the trees currently on the website, which hold more information, often with photos or maps, along with a link to a pdf family tree chart for the line.  These Regional tabs will also have links to Resources for each Region (census entries and spreadsheets showing Appleby Births, Marriages and Deaths)


The Master Tree Index also includes details of all the as yet unpublished trees that are in the pipeline (some are just waiting for final details to be sent to me by the person who submitted the original information).  If you recognise any of these 'pending' trees as part of YOUR family, please do send me any additional information you hold so we can get these trees online.

And we know that there are many more Appleby lines both in England and the rest of the world ....


So, please help to expand the coverage of the trees on this site by sending me details of YOUR Appleby line.

Click here to view a pdf showing the latest list of all family trees included on this website - the list is sorted by Region and also indicates which lines have already had a yDNA test or Family Finder test carried out by a volunteer descended from the line.

All the trees already online AND in the pipeline are numbered on the above list ... if you contact me about any of the trees on the list, PLEASE quote the line number so that I can easily find the paperwork for your line!


There are still a number of family trees waiting for a volunteer to come forward to take a YDNA test as part of this project.  If you would be interested in helping to discover how the different lines are linked, please read the information contained in the DNA section of this site, and then contact me to discover if you qualify for a subsidised test kit.


NB: to continue to offer subsidised kits, we badly need more donations to our General Fund!

british isles map British Isles map showing places for all trees

to view a Google map showing places in the British Isles and around the world, which are associated with all the Appleby/bee lines included on this website to date, click on the map above.  The Google map will open in a new window.

See where Applebys lived in the world!

Updated April 2019 - now 85 trees online!