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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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Welcome to the Resource area of the Appleby DNA Project website

These pages are regularly updated.  We try to include transcriptions of Appleby data that will be helpful to you in your own research.


If you have data to add to the existing spreadsheets listed below, please email me with details - and if you have any other APPLEBY datasets that you think would be useful to other APPLEBY researchers, that would be great!


NOTE: When I add a new tree to the site, I always try to identify the relevant records for that family on the spreadsheets - however, records which relate to the earlier trees still need to be identified on the spreadsheets.  All help in this task would be most welcome!


In addition to the following items, a full list of the items held in the Appleby Research Organisation Library can be found here (click on Resources).  The list is sorted by Country and County/State to help you locate material that may be of particular interest to you.

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past Newsletters

June 2010 Newsletter

July 2010 Newsletter

Dec 2010 Newsletter

Feb 2011 Newsletter

May 2011 Newsletter

Aug 2011 Newsletter


Census and BMD records

Click on the image to view a collection of records about Applebys who have served in the military forces - this information has all been contributed by Craig.  Thankyou!

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Wills and Probate

There is currently a link on the Wills page to

  • a Master Index of all Appleby/bee wills located on a variety of websites - this now includes a Probate Calendar of English and Welsh Wills and Administrations from 1858 - 1941.  I have also added details of all the wills held in the ARO Library. There are currently over 1,700 Wills and Probate entries listed on the index; probably including several for your own Appleby line! (updated Jan 2014).  A growing number have already been transcribed, and if copies are held in the ARO library, you can request a copy.


There is also a guide on how to obtain copies of many of the Wills listed.  If you can add details of more wills, or identify the lines for any of those already listed, please contact me.


I will shortly be adding transcriptions of wills held and also details of Applebys appearing in the Death Duty Index

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Apprenticeship records

click on the image to view a spreadsheet showing all the Appleby apprentices and Masters that I have managed to locate to date.  This list is far from complete - so please do send me any extra details you can from YOUR Appleby line.

When I started collecting these records, I concentrated on areas where there were large numbers of Applebys living - I am now adding records for more counties as records become available online.  I would appreciate all contributions of data to expand these spreadsheets, please contact me to find the most helpful format to use.

  • London and the South East - Census and BMD spreadsheets for London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

  • East Anglia - Census and BMD spreadsheets for Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.  Plus a catalogue of detailed information for a number of Suffolk parishes.

  • Midlands - Census and BMD spreadsheets for Staffordshire, Beds, Bucks, Cheshire, Derbys, Herefordshire, Hunts & Rutland, Leics, Lincs, Northants, Notts, Oxord, Salop, Warwcks and Worcs

  • Northern region - Census and BMD spreadsheets for County Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire

  • South West region - Census and BMD spreadsheets for Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the Channel Isles

  • Scotland - Census and BMD spreadsheets

  • Ireland - Census and BMD spreadsheets (updated April 2015)

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Hearth Tax records

Click on the image to open pdf.  I am adding Applebys as more counties become available (latest update Apr 2015).  

Currently the following

counties are included:

Co Durham








all Ridings of Yorkshire


most of these records were sourced from the excellent Hearth Tax Online website, where you can discover lots more about these early records.


Applebys in Military records

Coming soon will be:





NB: from March 2013, with the introduction of our New Apple Orchard Newsletter (link left!), news about DNA matters were posted on an Appleby DNA Project Blog* (see note below left)

Birth, Marriage and Death certificates

Amongst the records in the Appleby Research Library, there are a number of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates submitted over the past twenty years. Most are for the period 1837-1950 and are for the UK, but there are some from Ireland and Australia (including many from Tasmania).


I have transcribed the Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates* and you can view full details of these by clicking the links below (if you would like a copy of any of these for your own Appleby line, please email me with full details of your request):


Please could I ask all members to send me photocopies of any BMD certificates that you hold, so that I can add them to this database?


*We had originally hoped to digitise all these Certificates and make copies available to members - however many are extremely faded (having been produced at Somerset House back in the 1960s!) so transcriptions seem to be the best option to make this valuable information more widely available

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The Appleby DNA Project BLOG

When I transferred this site to the new HTML version, the Blog and its contents were lost.  So in future, all news and developments on the DNA side of our research, will be notified on the Activity Feed of our Group page on the Family Tree DNA website ... follow ftDNA link above.