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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 June 2010

I had planned to get as many Essex Appleby lines up on the website as possible during May and June (thanks to Peter from ARO for providing me with details of so many Essex lines).  However, a few weeks ago I was contacted by Ian, who pointed me in the direction of the Acklington Appleby pedigree from Hodgson’s ‘History of Northumberland’ a line he has been researching himself for many years.  Along with Duncan and James, who also belong to this dynasty, we have managed to greatly expand the line which was originally called ‘Applebys of Morpeth’.  So I have been back in the virtual ‘Northern counties’ for a while.


There has also been a contribution of a Latin American marriage agreement (dated 1815) from José which was kindly translated by Joe and now appears on the page for ‘Thomas of Whitby and Chile/Argentina’ – along with a couple more generations of Argentinian descendants of Thomas (again, courtesy of José).


And now I hope to get on with those Essex Applebys!

Latest updates

Have you had a look at the interactive Google map (the link is on this page) which shows the geographical location of key people from all the Appleby lines included to date on the website?  You can zoom right in to see exactly where the villages were located, and view either the street map or a satellite image.  If you have any corrections or additions to make to my efforts, I would be most grateful.


The Maps and Index page also has links to all 26 trees currently available on the site.

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Google interactive map

I am now in email contact with over forty Appleby researchers (most of whom found the website via a search engine) – and this Newsletter is in response to a request from two recent contacts who asked to be kept informed about developments.  The email which I sent out inviting you to read this Newsletter was sent out in small batches to avoid being spammed – but that is really a very tedious way for me to communicate with you all.


So I have set up a Members Only section on the Appleby DNA website, which already has a Members Forum where you can post queries or voice your views and opinions.  I will also site all future Newsletters in the Members Section.  The big advantage for me is that the Membership system also provides me with a way of sending out a message to everyone simultaneously.


The website design software that I use has a number of other facilities - such as Photo Galleries - do let me know if you have suggestions to improve the site.


I hope you will all agree to join the site as a Member? All you need to do is go to the Members Login page and click on the New User link.  This will take you to a page where you can select a user name and password and enter your email address.  In order that I can use the messaging system I would be grateful if you would leave the ‘receive emails’ box checked.  Once your request has been accepted you can log in each time you visit the site so that you are able to access the Members Section.


DNA testing

I have just been notified by Family Tree DNA that they have a special offer running until 25th June with reduced rates for yDNA tests.  So now would be an excellent time if you have been thinking of volunteering to represent your line of Applebys by taking a DNA test (direct line male Appleby descendants only).  There is still a small amount of cash left in the General Fund to help towards the cost of testing (but more donations would be very gratefully received!)  And if anyone has a brilliant way of raising funds for sponsorship, I should love to hear from you, because I have failed miserably with all my attempts.

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I am trying to compile a list of useful websites, which I will either include in future Newsletter(s) or create a page of Links.  So if you have any unusual sites that you find helpful in your research, please send me the link and I will include them.

Useful websites

Photos, maps and family stories

You may have noticed that I have tried to make the appearance of the information pages about each Appleby line look a little more interesting by adding illustrations?  There is even a link to a Family Story on the page about John Appleby, trimming maker (this huge tree was reconstructed with help from no less than five descendants).


But many of the images I have used have been culled from Wikipedia and other non-copyright sources - so if you can add more relevant or personal images for the page about YOUR line, that would be great.  


And if you would like a link to your own website, just let me know.


I look forward to hearing your views and suggestions ...




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Welcome to the first Newsletter for the Appleby DNA Project.  Thanks to all the Appleby researchers who have sent me details of their own Appleby lines, we now have 26 family trees on the site, with more in the pipeline.



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