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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 November 2012

It's been a while since the last Newsletter, so as well as wishing our American cousins a Happy Thanksgiving,  I thought it was about time to give you an update on the project's progress




We now have 57 Appleby Family Trees published on the website - with a few more almost ready to add.  The trees cover families originating in all Regions of the British Isles, though there are more from the parts of the country where the Applebys were most plentiful.  The list shown on the page 'Name Index and list of trees' had got rather unmanageable, so I have added a PDF instead, which in addition to clarifying which Regional Grouping each tree can be found, also includes information about whether or not we have any DNA results for each line.  The Name Index now runs to 76 pages and includes almost 5,500 individuals!




The most recent detailed results can be seen here.  Our DNA results now include yDNA data for 21 Appleby volunteers, with two more sets of results in the pipeline.  What is particularly impressive for a project as new as ours, is that 17 of the results received match one or more other people in our Appleby DNA Project.  I have identified FIVE GROUPS of results:

  • GROUP ONE includes five sets of results from lines in Northumberland and Co Durham as well as lines in Canada and the USA (which shows that all these lines shared a common ancestor who may have lived up to five hundred years ago)

  • GROUP TWO includes five sets of results - from lines in Yorkshire, Northumberland and Co Durham

  • GROUP THREE includes three sets of results - all from lines in East Anglia

  • GROUP FOUR includes two sets of results, from two different branches of a very large line originating in the Midlands

  • GROUP FIVE includes two sets of results - one from a line in the Midlands and one from a line living in London

There are also four sets of results which are currently ungrouped, and two sets of results in the pipeline.  Check the list of family trees to see if YOUR Appleby line is represented: if it's not, and if you are male and your surname is Appleby ... why not contact me to see if you qualify for a subsidised test kit?




There have also been additions to the spreadsheets available in the Members Room of the website.  As well as the parish records and census data (most of which have been updated within the past few months) you will find a long list of Wills and Probate records and very recently I added quite a few Apprenticeship records.  I will shortly start to add transcriptions of some of the Wills - so if anyone can send me details for Wills they may hold for their own family that would be great.  Why not log in now and see what you can find?






The Appleby DNA Project is progressing really well - thank you to everyone who has contributed family trees,  information,  and their DNA!  A special thank you to those of you who have made donations to our General Fund.  We could not continue to offer subsidised test kits without your generous help and support.


But I have recently sent off the last of the yDNA test kits I purchased in the July sale, and there is currently only enough in the General Fund to purchase two more.


Family Tree DNA are currently holding a sale - which on this occasion will run until the end of December 2012 - so if anyone can afford a few dollars to add to the Fund, I will buy as many kits as possible before this current special offer ends.  You can find out how to make online donations  here.


With best wishes


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Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire - November 2012

Appleby Family Trees

DNA results

Members Resources

A big THANK YOU to all of you who have helped ....

             .... and how YOU can help the Project move forward

Sue Mastel

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