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About us

The Appleby DNA Project welcomes all participants, from all countries in the world. We encourage you to join today!.

The number of participants is growing and we are already making some exciting discoveries.

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your research of your family tree. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information on the evolution of the surname.

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Appleby one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the the associated family trees, by visiting our new website specifically about the Appleby DNA Project where you can view results of our DNA project to date and also learn more about many Appleby/bee lines in different parts of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

The Appleby DNA Project is part of the Appleby One-Name Study, which is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies.

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Appleby or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree.

We encourage males to order a Y-DNA test for 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

If you are male or female, have Applebys in your recent ancestry and have taken, or are thinking of taking a Family Finder test, we would also be interested in hearing from you.

Please contact the administrator of the Appleby DNA Project for more information at