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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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Appleby families in the 'New World'

It is highly likely that most Appleby families currently living in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand had their origins in Great Britain.  Depending on how long ago your ancestors left the old country for the New World, you may or may not know where they originally lived.  We hope that you will be able to use DNA technology to establish a link with the members of your line who remained in England.


If you would like to submit your Appleby family tree for inclusion in this section, please use the contact form to discuss the best way of handling this.


As well as including all your New World family trees on this website, I should like to add details from passenger lists, so would also appreciate any information you are able to contribute towards a Migration Database.

Family Trees

From Pughole to Pasture - Applebees in Australia

The Appleby Heritage Association - Appleby Americana (no longer accessible)


Links to other Appleby/Applebee organisations in the 'New World'

Joseph Applebee - who was born in Warwickshire in about 1823 and emigrated to South Australia in 1838

William Appleby - who was born in 1786 in Kingsdon, Somerset; several of his children emigrated to Tasmania in the mid-1800s

William Appleby - who sailed to Pennsylvania in about 1770 from Antrim in Ireland

Hezekiah Appleby - Hezekiah was a grandson of William of Pennsylvania - his descendants migrated from Georgia to Arizona

Thomas Appleby - who was born in Whitby, Yorkshire.  Three of his four known children emigrated to South America where they were involved in the supply of armaments to the Liberation Armies of Chile and Argentina

John Appleby, trimming maker of Bethnal Green - we now know that one branch of this line emigrated to Wisconsin in around 1850

the Acklington Applebys, Northumberland, ENG and East Peoria, Illinois, USA

Thomas Appleby of Leeds, whose descendants emigrated to California, USA and several generations of another branch lived in INDIA

Barnabus Appleby of South Shields, Co Durham - whose descendants are found in Australia and Wisconsin, USA

John Appleby of Kelloe, co Durham - with some descendants in California and Pennsylvania, USA

John Appleby of Corbridge, Northumberland, with descendants in Pennsylvania, USA

Thomas Appleby of Neasham, Co Durham - in 1878 Thomas's son (also Thomas) migrated to San Francisco, closely followed by other members of his family.  Thomas kept a fascination diary of his voyage across the Atlantic which you can read.

Norwegian Applebys - this line of Applebys originated in Norway and migrated to America via Canada in 1870.  It is currently the ONLY line of Applebys we know of that definitely did not originate in the British Isles!

Appleby carpenters of Hertfordshire, London and Australia - we have traced this family back to Hertfordshire, via London - and know that at least one branch migrated to Australia  in 1853 and settled in Victoria