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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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Northern counties resources

I would like to locate as many parish records as possible which cover the Northern counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, where the individuals in the Family Trees included on this website were known to have lived.


To date, one of my major sources of information for County Durham has been the Durham Records Online website, which also includes a few parish records from parishes in Northumberland and Yorkshire that border Durham.  This is a pay per view site, and well worth joining if you are hunting down ancestors in this county.  They also operate a matching service which puts you in touch with anyone else who has viewed the same records as yourself.  I have checked the details myself for a number of the records, but where information is missing, you will need to purchase credits to view the additional details.


I also use freeREG to locate BMDs for this part of the country - their coverage for Northumberland is particularly good and their transcriptions are excellent, detailed, and best of all FREE!


In recent months, Find My Past have also added a number of parish records for Northumberland and Durham - and these are now included in the spreadsheets below. It also looks as if they are starting to add Yorkshire records too, but I will wait until more parishes are available before extracting these.  Hopefully, additional parish records for Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland will soon be available.


An increasing number of events have been found on the new Family Search site, which includes ONLY transcribed records.  I am part of a project organised through the Guild of One-Name studies to transcribe more parish records for Family Search, and we are currently working on parishes in Yorkshire - you can help too by registering as a transcriber at the Family Search Indexing site.


I would be grateful if anyone who holds details of additional parish records (particularly in Northumberland and Yorkshire!) relating to their particular Appleby line would forward me details, so that these can also be added to the spreadsheets.  A few very helpful members of this website have also gone through the spreadsheets identifying the records which relate to individuals in their family trees - if anyone else would like to volunteer to undertake this important task for their own family - just contact me!

These spreadsheets will open with Adobe Reader, and will need enlarging to view properly.  There are a LOT of pages for each type of event. (81 pages for baptisms) - so you are strongly advised not to attempt to print these files!

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In order to expand the descendancy lines on each of the Appleby/bee family trees submitted to the site, I try to locate as many individuals as possible in the 1841 - 1911 censuses.  The families and individuals I have found are shown on the attached spreadsheets, along with my notes (in italics) explaining how I believe they belong to the Family Lines shown in the final column.


If I come across other Appleby families, I have also included these details - eventually I hope to put every family into a named family tree.  If you can help identify more trees, or you have found missing individuals yourself, do please let me know so that I can correct the spreadsheets.


These transcriptions were taken from the census images available on either or Find My Past - spellings are as recorded on the transcriptions on these sites.


As more family trees for this region are added to the website, I will expand these spreadsheets.


HINT:  I have used a colour code for each Appleby line ... once you find one entry for your line, all other census and BMD entries should be shaded in the same colour!

The files are Excel spreadsheets in pdf format - you will need to enlarge the image using your Adobe Reader browser and scroll across and down to view all the pages (there are currently between 7 and 17 sheets for each census)

Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

Census entries for northern counties