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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.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are viewing this site on an Apple device running IOS 13, you may experience problems with page layout, over-lapping text, etc.  Hopefully, Apple will resolve these issues very soon,

(Meanwhile, I suggest you switch to a PC!)

Contact Page

IMPORTANT: All organisations in the UK now have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  Please read the notes at the foot of this page, which explain what data I hold on our Appleby Mailing List and how it is used.


For years, I had a Contact Form on this site that you could complete  online, and it worked brilliantly. But recently, spammers have managed to work their evil way to the forwarding address, and I have been receiving reams of unpleasant spam.  Next I tried another system, providing a form which you could complete and email to me ... but this didn't work either.


So NOW I suggest that you email me and provide the following information:


1. Hopefully, you have been able to establish WHICH of the APPLEBY lines shown on this website you connect to, using the List of Trees on the site and/or the Name Index which are both provided on this page.  If this is the case, please ensure the SUBJECT line for your email shows the name of this line; then explain exactly HOW you connect to one of the individuals shown on the family tree for the line, and tell me any new information you have discovered or point out any errors you may have spotted.


2. If you are unable to work out which line you belong to, you will need to include the following information in your email, which should have as the SUBJECT line, the full name of your most distant known APPLEBY ancestor and WHERE and WHEN he lived. The body of your email must include:

  • Your own name and country of residence

  • Your email address

  • The name of a recent MALE APPLEBY ANCESTOR in your family tree (e.g. your grandfather), along with dates and places of that individual's birth, death and marriage and the full name of his wife, plus any info you know about that person's parents - e.g.














However, please do NOT send any attachments at this stage, as this may prevent your email being forwarded to me.


3. If you wish to be added to the Appleby Mailing List, you need to read the GDPR regulations set out below, and then include a statement confirming that you understand these regulations and wish your email address to be added to our Mail Chimp Mailing List. However, it is a very long time since I have been able to produce any Newsletters!


4. Please understand that I am no longer able to undertake research on new APPLEBY families due to ill health and a huge backlog of existing research waiting to be completed.  All I can offer to do is tell you how you connect to an existing Appleby line.

The European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and how they affect the Appleby One-name Study:


In addition to responses to individual reqests for information by email, which are not affected by the GDPR, I use our Appleby Mail Chimp mailing list to circulate occasional Newsletters to all members (never more than two or three times a year, and recently I have not managed to produce any).  The data held on our Mail Chimp List is as follows:

  • your NAME


  • the COUNTRY where you LIVE

  • the DATE you joined the list

  • a NOTE stating which Appleby line you belong to and whether you have taken a DNA test to represent that Appleby line.


The Mailing List does not hold any other information and will never be shared with any other organisation.


You can unsubscribe from the Appleby Mailing List at any time, simply by clicking on the unsubscribe link which appears at the foot of every mailing.

Send your email to:


appleby at one-name dot org


(after removing all spaces, and replacing the 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols)

example list of ancestors