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2,405 study surnames with us
and a further 6,120 variant names.

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About the study

My interest in the Lyfords sprang to life in the mid 1980s when I began to research my mother's ancestry. Her maiden name was Lyford. I traced back to a Richard Lyford born abt1791...... somewhere in England, probably in the London area, or Berkshire. Having become stuck I decided to record all refs to the unusual surname LYFORD in the hope that, one day, they would become relevant to me. After a while I realised that these references were forming patterns and I began to sort out the various family groups. Once started I could not stop!
I now collect all Lyford data worldwide.

It's been an absorbing hobby and I've made contact with Lyfords, and their descendants, all around the world.....Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, Uruguay, Norway etc. However, this material is useless unless it's shared/exchanged with like-minded folk. It's surprising how often I can put far-distant cousins into contact with each other.

Variant names

Variants are many and varied - mainly ......... Liford, Livard, Liverd, Lyward.
As far as I can see the LIFFORD surname is not connected, although there have been a few occasions where spelling vagaries have meant that LYFORDs have been temporarily recorded thus.


I've accumulated a great deal of material about LYFORDs worldwide from archives, correspondence & latterly the WWW etc.
Sources include ~
* Birth, Marriage and Death:
   civil registration indexes of England & Wales, Australia, New Zealand, N Ireland & Scotland
* Wills & Administrations: Berkshire (Eng) Wills & Admons 1572-1857 :
    Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1383 - 1858 : Principal Probate Registry 1858 - 1987
* Census : US 1790-1940 ; UK 1841 - 1911; Canada etc
* Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages & burials
* Electoral registers & Poll Books
* Militia & Military
* Directories
* Migration records
* Newspaper Archives
* Alumni of Schools, Colleges & Universities
* Marriage Licences and Allegations etc.