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

Irish resources

As everyone probably knows, it has been very difficult to carry out genealogy research for Ireland - as so many records have been destroyed.  But things are changing!


Whilst researching the Applebys of Roscommon line, as well as census and BMD records, I checked the following resources:

Griffiths Valuation (early 1850s)

Press, Trade and other directories

Petty Sessions records (1850-1911)

Dog Licence records!(1866-1913)

Wills and Administrations


Because so many Irish emigrated to England, Scotland and America as a result of the famines, I am also in the process of searching all British and American censuses for APPLEBYs born in Ireland, and will add my findings to this page when complete.


So this little collection represents the best I can manage for now.  But if YOU have got any records to add to the ones shown here, please do send them to be so that I can add them in.  Every little helps!

arrowsmith map of ireland 1832

Ireland, by J Arrowsmith, London (published 1832)  

From the David Rumsey Map Collection

Applebys in the Irish census and other records (updated April 2015)

1911 census of Ireland - there may have been surprisingly few Applebys in Ireland, but at least this census told us a lot of details about them!

1901 census of Ireland - not many more Appleby families, but still more information than the 1901 census for England and Wales

Applebys in other records - this list provides some useful information about occupations and addresses; it includes information from Directories and Almanacs, Tithe Applotment records, Griffiths Valuation, etc (See source in final column for each record)

I have done my best to dig up as many Irish records as possible for this section (the source for each entry is shown in the final column), but would be most grateful for any contributions those of you with Irish Applebys in your ancestry can send to me.

Birth, marriage and death records (updated April 2015)

Useful resources for Irish records

Irish Genealogy - try here before anywhere else!  the site includes church and civil records for births, marriages and deaths for the Republic of Ireland (though coverage of church records is not complete they are adding new counties all the time) - the GRO for Northern Ireland holds indexes for BMDs and you can order copies of certificates online. You need to register before you begin to search.

National Archives of Ireland - free access to transcripts and images of the 1901 and 1911 census for the whole of Ireland

'Irish Ancestors' - provided by the Irish Times - in particular the section on information about places in Ireland - some information is pay-per-view

Ask about Ireland -  includes free access to the Griffiths Valuation information with splendid maps

Roots Ireland - a subscription site with a range of data (some of which is available free elsewhere, so check all providers for each type of record!)

1641 Depositions - Fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions at Trinity College Dublin Library, comprising transcripts and images of all 8,000 depositions, examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October 1641.  Free to register.

NEW! Catholic Parish Registers online at the NLI - this fantastic resource lets you search through the microfilms of the original registers for free.  Though it helps to know which parish and date to start with of course.


You will also find collections of Irish records on Family Search, and on the subscriiption sites Ancestry and Find My Past.  Check the Genuki page for Ireland to discover who holds records for the county you are interested in.

Coming soon ...

Irish Applebys in census records for England, Scotland and the USA.  I'm working on this, but its slow going!

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