Acknowledgments

The EZARD Study has had some wonderful help from so many people. So I would like to record my very sincere thanks to:

Helen Osborn and Guy Grannum, tutors at Pharos Tutors, for imparting the underlying skills that make it possible to study in this way and in this depth.

David Horsley, East Yorkshire Family History Society, who has given many hours of his time to work on EZARD entries in 18th century Church Registers at The Treasure House, Beverley – home of the East Yorkshire Archives and Local Studies Service. As a result of this ongoing work, distinct EZARD Family groupings are beginning to emerge.

Keith Ezard, for advice on copyright issues.

Brian Ezard, a fellow EZARD researcher in Australia and a descendant of George Ezard 1779-1859.

Lisa Blosfelds for her wonderful work transcribing registers of St Peter’s Church, Reighton, and for taking the photograph of the worn gravestone of George Ezard 1779-1859; and this work she has so kindly made available to all researchers free on GENUKI. ‘Thank you’, Lisa.

Members of the East Yorkshire Family History Society who have contacted me with help and information following the publication of my EZARD article in the Society’s Journal in February 2016. And also the EYFHS email HelpDesk, for sorting out my misunderstandings of 18th century procedure. ‘Thank you’, everyone.

Jim Isard, who has researched the ISARD surname. We discovered that though EZARD, a northern name, and ISARD, a southern name, look very similar they are in fact quite different. He encouraged me to undertake the research and, of course, that might establish a connection between the two names way way back in time.

Joe Bissett in Texas, Ancestral Systems LLC, who answered my queries so promptly and patiently. When I explained that I could not get much from the CLOOZ Training Videos (because of my deafness), he kindly provided short transcripts so that I could follow what was being said. The first one landed in my  Inbox within 24 hours. Now that’s service! (Note: This was before I discovered, by chance, the auto-generated subtitles on YouTube!)

Tony Higgins for extracting and transcribing names from the Hearth Tax list for Powerstock, Dorset

Nigel Osborne in New Zealand, in his then role as webmaster of the Guild of One-Name Studies, for patiently coping with my queries.

Malcolm Brooke for his research into the Baedeker Raid on York, 29 April 1942.

East Yorkshire Archives and Local Studies Service

Guild of One-Name Studies for information and support during the early days of the Study.

West Kirby Museum – the Friends of WKM have an ongoing project on the building of West Kirby

Members of the British Genealogy and Family History Forum for their help in teasing out information, sometimes just from a name; and most particularly the members who worked on the Ezard & Sykes thread, which led to a big breakthrough; and the Bastardy Recognizance of 1779, which helped explain the change of name (EZARD/CLARKSON).

Ishbel Donkin, for the pen-and-ink drawing entitled ‘Jill beats the deadline’, from which my avatar is cropped.

The volunteers who patiently, quietly – and accurately – transcribe old registers and census pages for FreeBMD, FreeREG, and FreeCEN; the Online Parish Clerks, and all who are involved with GENUKI. So much of my research depends on the work that has been done by all those kind people.

Finally, the member of the next generation who has kindly agreed to act as ‘digital executor’ after I am gone.

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