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Karen Appleby Riddle Karen Appleby Riddle
June 30 @ 9:14pm
This is a picture of Charles Hugh Appleby (1885-1945 - center) and his father, William Thos Appleby (1852-1928 - left) and wife, Pallie Adams Appleby (1852-1927 - right). Of Winder, Georgia - United States. Charles was my father, Hugh Terry Appleby's, father. Descendant's of William Appleby of Pennsylvania.
Quentin Appleby
July 24 @ 2:08am
Great picture! It's interesting to see another branch of the William Appleby family.
Sue Mastel
October 21 @ 7:52am
super photo Karen - thank you for posting
Rodney Appleby Rodney Appleby
January 14 @ 4:14pm
With the changes in prices is there any advantage to upgrading from Y-500 to Y-700?
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
January 13 @ 11:23am
Great photos James! (James belongs to the London line of Richard Appleby, carpenter). Does anyone else have photos of their Appleby ancestors to share?
James Appleby James Appleby
January 6 @ 5:08am
My Great Grandfather Henry George Appleby (Bottom Left). He hated the name Henry, everyone knew him as George.
James Appleby James Appleby
January 6 @ 5:07am
My Great Great Grandfather Richard Appleby
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
November 29, 2019 @ 5:36am
I am just checking through the statistics for the Appleby Group, which currently has exactly 100 members: in total we have 58 sets of yDNA results and 58 sets of FF results (16 members have taken both tests). The yDNA results undoubtedly provide the most useful information, with 67% of results fitting tidily into one of our geographical clusters, indicating that each of these clusters share a common male ancestor. (And as more APPLEBY males take yDNA tests we will almost certainly find more matches). However, the common ancestor of each geographical group is likely to have lived way too long ago to be identified (though we have been able to expand some of the lines to include new branches confirmed through yDNA test results). You can view detailed yDNA results on our website at, view descendancy charts and read about each of the lines within each group, as well as many lines which have not yet tested. Family Finder results are a little more difficult to use for long term genealogical purposes, though there have certainly been some successes in confirming more recent relationships within family trees – and quite a few members have discovered new relatives through their results. Sue
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
October 25, 2017 @ 9:20am
We now have FIFTY sets of yDNA results from Appleby descendants and 37 sets of Family Finder results from testers with APPLEBYs in their ancestry - visit our website to discover more!
Sue Mastel
September 30, 2018 @ 5:18am
I have just double checked these figures - and when results for testers who are not able to identify the specific APPLEBY line they belong to are taken into account, the figures jump to ..... 56 sets of yDNA results and 48 sets of Family Finder results!
Richard Briggs Richard Briggs
July 20, 2017 @ 8:27am
I'd like to know what others think of the Briggs close match to the Roscommon Appleby lines. A maternal uncle (Richard) was tested - I am Dennis; the other Briggs match is a 4th cousin 1X removed. I wonder if it's as simple as an Appleby at some point taking the maternal name Briggs or vice versa. I have a known ancestor of my wife taking his mother's maiden name, which turned into a phonetic variation of it.
Sue Mastel
July 31, 2017 @ 11:39am
Hi Richard, I included your results on our results spreadsheet because it does look as if there is a definite connection between the two BRIGGS yDNA testers and a cluster of 12 APPLEBY testers, particularly as both BRIGGs testers share some unusual STR results as the other testers in the NORTHERN GROUP ONE cluster – see As you say, changes of name are fairly common – • perhaps because of an informal adoption, maybe because a mother died and a relative took her children into their family and brought them up as their own (including using their surname) • following a second marriage of the mother which resulted in a child whose biological father was an Appleby being renamed with his new step father’s surname. • Or it could be a case of illegitimacy (just as common back then as now), where an unmarried female with one or two children whose biological father was an APPLEBY married a BRIGGS and the children used the new husband’s surname. • The other common reason, often possible to spot if you look at the supposed mother’s age, but much more difficult to prove, is the very frequent situation where an older daughter in a family had a child (unacknowledged father’s surname APPLEBY) but her parents pretended the new baby was their own and he grew up with their surname. What is probably more important in such a situation is to look at the PLACES associated with your BRIGGS ancestors. Is there an overlap with either the Roscommon line or Kirkcaldy in Scotland (where we know some of the Roscommon Appleby moved to) or any of the haunts of the other Appleby lines in this cluster of results in Northumberland in the UK, New Brunswick in Canada, or Pennsylvania in the USA? In your case we know that your BRIGGS have an association with New Brunswick so the answer almost certainly lies there .. but finding any relevant paper records available to prove it may be a more difficult task  Do any other Group Members have views on Richard’s interesting question? Sue
Richard Briggs
August 3, 2017 @ 1:32pm
Would a particular SNP test do any good at this juncture?
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
July 18, 2017 @ 11:04am
in addition to 46 sets of yDNA results, we also have 29 Family Finder results from individuals with APPLEBYs in their ancestry!
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
July 18, 2017 @ 11:03am
Latest yDNA results posted on our own website today at