PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE - This website has been transferred from the original web hosting company and many of the internal links no longer appear.  For the time being please visit an archived copy of this site at which was created in June 2016, so is not completely up to date, but at least all the links work!!

The Appleby One-name Study and DNA project ...

This website provides information for anyone who is studying their

Appleby, Applebee, Appelbey, Appelbe, Appelbee, Apelbe

family history, wherever they may live in the world today.  

















The website was created as part of a One-name Study of the APPLEBY surname (and all variants) which was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. It aims to identify the origins of (and possible connections between) the various known Appleby/Applebee/Appelbe family trees. The first stage of the project was to gather together the necessary data to reconstruct as many Appleby Family Trees as possible - from all over the world.  


Find out more about the APPLEBY/BEE surname

Take a look at the section on Origins and Distribution of the Appleby surname, read about how our Project has grown and developed, and find out how we are using DNA to confirm links between different geographical clusters of Appleby lines.


To discover if any of your Appleby/bee ancestors are already included in the Family Tree charts displayed on this site - please check the Master Name Index.


About the DNA Project

Although DNA testing can never replace traditional genealogical research, it is proving a very valuable tool for validating reconstructed family trees and discovering if and how such trees link together, in particular when such links may have existed many generations ago, before written records  are available. We have already made many exciting discoveries and identified links between a number of trees in different geographical areas. YOU could help to find out more!

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This image of men and boys shows workers at Embleton Quarry in Northumberland (at the time it was owned by Mark Appleby). Descendants of Mark (standing, third from left in back row) contributed the photo (which you can see on this page of the site

Use our spreadsheets to aid your research your APPLEBY ancestors

If you are researching your own Appleby/bee line take a look at our resource section, where you will find links to essential data, such as Applebys in the censuses, parish records and Wills and Probate indexes. The resource pages are divided up into Regions - use the top menu to find the correct collection for your own Appleby ancestors.  


Or click on the Regional links in the top menu to take a look at some of the Appleby trees that have already been reconstructed. If you are new to family history research, you may find this page on 'Researching your family tree' helpful: (it is located on one of my other websites, but the information applies to anyone researching their ancestors in the British Isles)

In March 2020 I resigned as the Guild representative for the Appleby study - this was not a decision I took lightly, but as well as suffering from a long term medical condition, the increasing demands for help from Appleby descendants all over the world were simply too much and have prevented me from completing research on lines that were in development.  The Appleby study is now available for another (younger and fitter!) Guild member to take over.  But I have said that I will continue to manage the Appleby DNA Project at Family Tree DNA for yDNA testers for the time being - and I will endeavour to gradually add those Appleby trees that have been in the pipeline for many months/years to this website.


I am no longer able to offer help in reconstructing individual trees - but please do make use of the extensive resources available on this website to research your own Appleby ancestors.  And if you spot an error on one of the trees, or would like to provide stories, photographs, etc about any of the lines that are already on the site, please contact me.



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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


To view this site properly and access the spreadsheets and family tree charts, you will need Adobe Reader  installed on your computer - use the above link to download the latest FREE version of this application. If viewing on a mobile device, the standard view works best - though some of the images may be rotated, sorry I have not been able to overcome this problem.


Content from this website must NOT be reproduced without permission

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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!)

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Website updated: 

Mar 2021 - see details