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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!)

Newsletter December 2011

We have some new results from the Essex line of Nathaniel Appleby of Langenhoe on the spreadsheet, and there is another set of results (from another Essex line) currently being processed at Family Tree DNA’s laboratory in USA.  


see our latest results here


However, I have emptied the General Fund buying two more test kits at the sale price of $119 each – so as well as needing more volunteers, we also need more donations! (The sale continues to the end of December, so if anyone feels like making a Christmas present to the General Fund, I’ll buy more kits while they are still reduced)

Sue Mastel

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Here's wishing

all our members a very Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

DNA Project

'Confessions of Old King Coal'

One of our Members, Martin Crane, has recently had his e-book published on Kindle:


The Confessions of Old King Coal: a true story of love, loss and fortune [Kindle edition] by Martin Crane – just £2.13 to download from


Summer, 1965. Tommy Thompson is a small-town businessman with a big past. He's been at the top of his game since the Roaring Twenties but the specter of scandal, and the shocking death of his wife, have brought him more attention than he desires. His tightly closed home keeps the world at bay, but a young reporter changes everything. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape recorder and the promise of immortality, the reporter helps Thompson to unlock the door to his past...but is time running out? Based on true events, let this poignant story tell the tale of what really happened back then...

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Tommy Thompson’s wife in real life was Hazel Appleby – who is a member of the Acklington Appleby tree.


If you have a Kindle, or iPad, or any other device to read electronic books - I'm sure you'll enjoy this story, which is one of the most inventive ways of publishing one's family history that I have come across!

Seeking relatives

Are you a descendant of William Appleby and Ann Cranmer’s line from Great Braxted in Essex?  One of our members would be very interested in sharing information, so please contact me with details of how you link in to this tree, and I’ll put you in touch.

Updates since the last Newsletter

Craig has added or updated a number of new family trees for Northern Appleby lines:


I have also added some new trees and resources:

Hearth Tax Records 1664-1675

I have also added a spreadsheet showing Applebys found in the Hearth Tax Records – this information is taken from Hearth Tax Online ( the website of the Centre for Hearth Tax Research at Roehampton University London.  At present, the only counties available are Co Durham, Kent, Surrey, Westmorland, and all ridings of Yorkshire.  Coming soon will be Essex and London/Middlesex.

However, transcripts of Hearth Tax information are generally available at County Records Offices.  So I would be grateful if anyone is visiting their own County Office and could search for any Appleby/bees to add to the data currently on the table in the Members Resource area .

How you can help

There are many ways in which you can help increase the amount of information available on this website.


The most important, would be to check through the Census and BMD spreadsheets for the regions where YOUR Appleby line lived, and let me know which records should be attributed to your line.  This is a difficult task for me to do, as I don't have the same degree of knowledge about your line as you do!


I also have a number of Wills that are waiting to be transcribed.  If you could help in this task, I should be very grateful.


And of course - if your line does not yet have a set of yDNA results - it would be brilliant if you could trace a living male Appleby cousin and invite him to participate in our DNA Project.


Seasons Greetings!