Although the cost of DNA testing has come down over recent years, even allowing for the discounts available for members of surname projects such as ours it is still not cheap! (Currently, discounted 37 marker yDNA tests cost $149 each)
We are all amateur genealogists, without any financial backing, so our project needs to be self funding. However, it seems unfair for the cost of a test to be carried solely by the volunteer who takes the test, as we will all benefit from the information provided by the results.
If everyone who discovers some new information about their Appleby ancestors from this site makes a contribution of just $10, we can afford to offer sponsored yDNA tests to representatives from every Appleby line!
FamilyTreeDNA holds a secure General Fund specifically for our Appleby Project. If we all make a small contribution to that fund (perhaps the cost of ordering a couple of certificates), we will hopefully be able to subsidise the cost of testing for two or three males from within each of the Appleby lines we identify. You can make your contribution via PayPal in any currency, or by credit/debit card. If you prefer not to use the online payment system, you can also make a contribution by post, after printing out the payment form - however in this case you need to send a US dollar cheque.
A couple of people have emailed me about difficulties wih the instructions on Family Tree DNA's website, so to make sure that your donation goes into the Appleby General Fund, here is a step by step guide!
Go to the Appleby DNA General Fund Contribution page on Family Tree DNA's website. If the form is NOT already set up with the APPLEBY surname, you must scroll down the list of projects beginning wih the initial letter A until you reach APPLEBY, and click on this surname, ensuring that it is highlighted before you continue!