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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.


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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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Northern counties resources

For a number of years, I have tried to locate as many parish register entries as possible in the Northern counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, where the individuals in the Family Trees included on this website were known to have lived. Because of the distance, almost all of my searching has to be online, and these are the sources I recommend to anyone with ancestors in the Northern counties of England:







To date, one of my major sources of information for County Durham (where there are an awful lot of Applebys!) has been the Durham Records Online website, which also includes a growing number of records from neighbouring counties, particularly Northumberland. You have the option of purchasing credits, paying just for the number of records you view, or if you use the site regularly (as I do!) you can buy an annual subscription. This site is well worth joining if you are hunting down ancestors in County Durham. Although no images of original registers are available, their transcribers go to great lengths to include every snippet of information (and they double check anomalies against other records too!) They also operate an excellent matching service which puts you in touch with anyone else who has viewed the same records as yourself.  


I also use freeREG to locate BMDs for this part of the country - their coverage for Northumberland is particularly good and their transcriptions are excellent, detailed, and best of all FREE!


In recent months, Find My Past have also added a number of parish registers for Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire - and quite a few of these are now included in the spreadsheets below. The big advantage of these is that they include images of the actual registers, so often contain more information than would be available on a site like Family Search.  Quite a lot of Yorkshire and Lancashire parishes are also covered by Ancestry - again with linked images showing the original records (though in my view, their indexing leaves a lot to be desired). Hopefully, parish registers for Cumberland and Westmorland will soon be available.


There are still a lot of parishes where records have been trancribed from Family Search  their coverage is very extensive, but only includes baptisms and marriages and rarely provides the additional details which are available on the original registers like occupation and place of abode.  If you want to extend the availability of more parishes, you can help by registering as a transcriber at the Family Search Indexing site.


I would be grateful if anyone who holds details of additional parish records (particularly in Northumberland and Yorkshire!) relating to their particular Appleby line would forward me details, so that these can also be added to the spreadsheets.  A few very helpful members of this website have also gone through the spreadsheets identifying the records which relate to individuals in their family trees - if anyone else would like to volunteer to undertake this important task for their own family - just contact me!

These spreadsheets will open with Adobe Reader, and will need enlarging to view properly.  There are a LOT of pages for each type of event. (90+ pages for baptisms and marriages) - so you are strongly advised not to attempt to print these files, particularly as they are updated regularly!

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In order to expand the descendancy lines on each of the Appleby/bee family trees submitted to the site, I try to locate as many individuals as possible in the 1841 - 1911 censuses.  The families and individuals I have found are shown on the attached spreadsheets, along with my notes (in italics) explaining how I believe they belong to the Family Lines shown in the final column.


If I come across other Appleby families, I have also included these details - eventually I hope to put every family into a named family tree.  If you can help identify more trees, or you have found missing individuals yourself, do please let me know so that I can correct the spreadsheets.


These transcriptions were taken from the census images available on either or Find My Past - spellings are as recorded on the transcriptions on these sites.


As more family trees for this region are added to the website, I will expand these spreadsheets.

The files are Excel spreadsheets in pdf format - you will need to enlarge the image using your Adobe Reader browser and scroll across and down to view all the pages (there are currently between 19 and 40 sheets for each census)

Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

Census entries for northern counties

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HINT:  I recently introduced a colour code for each Appleby line ... click on the colour chart link above to find out the colour used for your line, all census and BMD entries should be shaded in the same colour!

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Baptisms - updated June 2017 - 92 pages: cut off date 1925

Marriages - updated June 2017 - 95 pages: cut off date 1940

Burials - updated June 2017 - 62 pages: cut off date 1960

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