HERALDRY LEARNING LINKS
HERALDRY CHARGES AND DEVICES
A pictorial glossary, of about 520 illustrations, representing the more
common heraldic terms. You can browse through these images; then, by
clicking on the picture of a heraldic figure, you will find out its name, in
6 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch). This is
a terrific resource and a good place to start for those interested in
Heraldry. The link site is operated by Francois Velde, who works as an economist,
but has been a lover of heraldry since his childhood days, in France. A site
THE BOOK OF FAMILY CRESTS
This site brought to you by the folks at Ancestry.com
provides for blazons of crests (portion above the helmet), taken from the
famous Fairburn’s historical reference. It cover England, Ireland, Scotland
and Wales. A valuable resource for studying English heraldry. A little
difficult to navigate but with practice you’ll get the hang of it. The
original book was likely scanned, so some of the spelling is off a little,
but otherwise, thank you to ancestry.com for providing this.
JAMES PARKER HERALDRY
Thanks to Jim Trigg for keeping this site going. The information is
based on the original book by James Parker, of 1894. The site is extremely
detailed as it describes heraldry terms and how they are applied in various
arms. It's a great links site to study, and let’s hope, it stays around for a very
IRISH FAMILY MOTTOES
A terrific site to look up your Irish family motto. Many of the mottoes you
will not find on other sites. Operated by Mervyn J Rossiter with our thanks.
Brought to you by the folks at Euraldic, these are primarily the mottoes
you will find in Rietstap’s Armorial. Mottoes are in French, Latin, Spanish,
German and more. If you find a motto that interests you, select and copy it,
and try a Google search…you may find a translation. Good work Marc!
Rietstap's Armorial was a marathon heraldry coat of arms project, of
some 150,000 coats of arms from around the world. Mr. Marc Letellier, who
owns this site, provides you with all the Blazons (descriptions) transcribed
from the original manuscript. Although it is in French, with a few short
lessons and maybe a good online dictionary, you can master it. It's one of
the most popular heraldry resources.
RIETSTAP'S ARMORIAL ONLINE
Thanks to Willem van den Berg who brings us this terrific learning site. A
convenient searchable database of this famous collection makes it easy to
find the name you are looking for. The author has spent hundreds of hours to
complete. There's a small subscription fee to view some 130,000 blazons
(heraldic descriptions of coats of arms) from around the world that is sure
to help the heraldry enthusiast and the professional alike. Very Impressive
If you’re into French surnames,
especially French Canadian or French American names (from Louisiana and the
like), this site tries to solve the mystery of “Dit Names”. The information
is provided by the American-French Genealogical Society, with compilation
and research by Rita Elise Plourde; when you get to site scroll down, and
read about “Dit Names”, before you start searching for yours.
ARTHUR CHARLES FOX-DAVIES
This is a complete reproduction of the famous "a Complete Guide to
Heraldry", first published in 1904-09. An amazing learning tool which we
hope the site owners will maintain. This web version is by Saitou
An excellent link site for Cornish blazons,
brought to you by UK Genealogy Archives. The site also provides
genealogy for hundreds of Cornish names. The Blazon is usually at the
top of the record. A learning link worth visiting.
Here you type in a heraldic term in French, German, English, Dutch, Spanish
or Italian to get the translation chosen. This is handy when you're
researching using a book that is not in your native tongue. It's the only
one available that we know of.
This site is brought to you by the good folks at “New Advent”.
Ecclesiastical heraldry naturally divides itself into various branches,
principally: the arms of religious corporations, and other bodies; the
insignia of ecclesiastical dignity, rank, or office; the charges, terms, and
forms of general heraldry having a religious or ecclesiastical origin,
usage, or character; the emblems or devices attributed to or typifying
particular saints or other beings venerated by the Church. A very
informative resource site!
This link features wonderful representative art of ecclesiastical
renderings of the Popes and Cardinals from their earliest days. Select "Pontifici"
to get started. Although the site is in Italian, with a few clicks you
can easily navigate the images. Certainly worth a look.
A genealogical survey of the
peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Thanks to Darryl
Lundy and his immense contribution for providing this site. When you get to
the site, simply click on a letter to see if your name is referenced.
From the good folks at
Scotclans.com out of Edinburgh, this site although commercial in nature has
some terrific resources for those researching Scottish clans, septs, crests
and clan histories. When you get to the site, click on Clan A-Z (at the top)
for a list of clans, and then click on the clan you want. It provides a
little history and other information on the clan. To see the badge/crest
click on “Crest” on the left. To look up a sept, click on “what’s my clan”,
from main page. Good work folks.
We thought we would include this
famous site, started in 1986 by Cyndi Howells, the Queen of Genealogy. The
link is to the heraldry section, which provides some research links that we
may not have covered. I am always amazed when I drop by this site, and the
success it has enjoyed. Congratulations Cyndi
is a an educational site brought to you by Jean-Christophe Loubet. The
site is in French but provides some wonderful historical images, and a
vast list of resource links for the heraldry enthusiasts and
professionals alike. It’s a great addition to the Heraldry resource
library. Excellent work Jean-Christophe.
COATS OF ARMS IMAGES
This links section includes coats of arms from various
countries, as well as personal arms; when the website is not in English we
provide you with instructions on how to access the images. Those of you in
the design business will find these heraldry links an excellent resource.
If you are researching German heraldry this site has a good
selection of German coats of arms for the famous Siebmacher's
Wappenbuch. There about 15,000 coats of arms from Germany, Austria,
Switzerland and more. By selecting the Place Name Index you can see
all the countries and states covered. You can enlarge individual
drawings by clicking on them.
A Dutch site operated by Walter Andreas
Groen who has done a nice job rendering several hundred Dutch coats of
arms. When you get to the site click on “Familiewapens” and this will take
you to an alpha listing. For contact information click on “Voor
reacties” which you will find on the far left, near the bottom
INTERNATIONAL CIVIC COATS OF ARMS
Operated by Ralf Hartemink this site is probably the largest heraldry site
on the Net. It features Civic arms from just about every
country/canton/state in the world. It really is a nice resource and has
taken years to develop. Thanks Ralph for sharing your legacy with us.
This link states that it provides 2500 Civic coats of arms and some
25,000 personal arms and blazons. Arriving at the site, click on "familia"
for blasons, "escudos" for personal arms. The word "enlaces" means "links".
It appears to be a work in progress, but well worth the visit.
KNIGHTS & ROYALTY
Thanks to Arnaud BUNEL for bringing this very unique
site to us. The European Royals, Knights and the Peerage of old. Click on a
letter and then click on a name to see the coat of arms representation. You
need to wear a crown to visit this site…it will certainly put you in the
A nice research site featuring historical Coats of Arms
of the noble families of Sicily. Just click on “Famiglie Nobili” (which
means noble family). They are all listed in the center of the page. Each
family has a coat of arms displayed. An impressive resource.
Hundreds and hundreds of coats of
arms of Italy’s Piedmont province. Scroll down and click on a letter to see
the coat of arms. Let’s hope this site stays up as it’s a fabulous reference
Sites on Ukrainian heraldry are a
rare breed on the Web, and we’re pleased that this collaborative effort
could change this trend. The page we have given you has about 140 individual
arms, and if you click on “St Michael Order” on the top bar you will see
representations of the Ukrainian members of this famous Knighthood Order.
EUROPEAN ROLLS-13TH CENTURY
Brian Timms brings to us this
illustrated compilation, based on nine early rolls of arms from Britain,
France and the Netherlands. Brian has puts countless hours in to this fine
example of early heraldry.
A well crafted site featuring an extensive
database of Spanish Coats of Arms. Type in the name, and click on BUSCAR.
The site is in Spanish but a picture is worth a thousand words. A
superior learning link offering the user a vast historical perspective
on Spanish Heraldry. A Commercial site, but a MUST visit.
REGISTRIES & SOCIETIES
This heraldry links section can very helpful when researching a coat of arms that you can’t
find through regular sources. You should keep in mind that sending an email
looking for free information is not likely to bring you a response. You
should, rather, offer to pay a nominal fee or donation for any information
you are looking for; this will help to show your sincerity. We have also
included Heraldry Societies that can register your coat of arms. You should
also note that many countries no longer have official bodies and seem to
rely on other associations to provide the assistance. Government web pages
can also be of help in directing you to a heraldic authority that may not
have a web presence, but may be able to assist you.
Peerage & Gentry International Register of Arms
Register your armorial bearings in Burke’s Peerage & Gentry
International Register of Arms. Arms are recorded both in an online
armorial and published in a hardback book in volumes. More information
on registration and publications can be found by visiting the link
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, but we are listing this link
separately, for your convenience. The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority
for Scotland. It deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and
Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, but we are listing this link
separately, for your convenience. The Heraldry Society of Scotland was founded in 1977
with the objective of promoting the study of heraldry and encouraging its
correct use in Scotland and Overseas. A very informative site.
Heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern
Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and most of the Commonwealth of
The Heraldry Society exists to increase and extend
interest in and knowledge of heraldry, armory, chivalry, genealogy and
allied subjects. The Society is non-profit making, and is registered as an
educational charity. Membership is open to all. Check out the members
The American College of Heraldry is a Chartered,
non-profit body established in 1972, with the aim of aiding in the study and
perpetuation of heraldry in the United States and abroad. Registrations are
restricted by policy to American citizens or residents, as well as to others
with significant personal or business connections in America.
The Institute of Heraldry’s purpose is to provide
information on United States Army heraldic entitlements; how they are
displayed, and how and why they are worn. A useful resource.
The Canadian Heraldic Authority is responsible for the
creation of new coats of arms, flags and badges for Canadian citizens and
corporate bodies. Find out about heraldry and its role in Canada today.
Learn how armorial bearings are designed and granted, and see examples of
the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
The Heraldic Council of France (CONSEIL FRANÇAIS
d'HÉRALDIQUE) can assist with registering a coat of arms and publishing it
in their armorial roll, which in turn is provided to France’s National
Library or the Genealogical Library in Paris. France no longer has an
official registering authority however this site can assist with research,
design and publishing in their rolls. Postal contacts are on the page
provided and if you would like to see some of the arms registered, click on
“Armorial du XXe siècle” in the left margin.
Burke’s Peerage & Gentry provides for an international
registry of coats of arms. When you get to the site click on “the
international register of arms” to see some of the armorial bearings they
have registered. They also have an extensive link section.
Surnames can be found in many other categories, but if you get stuck, these
links can prove very helpful.
Suzanne McVetty is a professional Genealogist and brings this site to us.
Thousands of surnames from around the world with their origins fully
described. There is also a search function which is good to try out as they
may have some more information on the surname you’re researching. The site
is part of the "My Family" network.
Brought to you by the good folks at Ancestry.com. It
offers a free search of surnames in the USA and in the UK based on census
records, and a little history on the name in most cases. When you get to the
site, enter your last name, and then click on “update”. If the name is
there, you can click on (left buttons) either “name distribution (US)” or
“name distribution (UK)”…a map of the distribution will then display. A very
A list of the major Polish clans and septs. Many names have multiple
spellings and you will find some families were part of more than one
clan. This list should help you navigate the complex Polish system.
Brought to you by the fine folks at Linternaute.com. It
features the top 1000 surnames in France based on census records. You can
view the names in order of frequency or you can search for a name; it then
displays the number of instances of that name and their ranking, as well as
a map of France showing where they are located.
From the good folks at goireland.com, this is an
invaluable resource when researching Irish surnames. Simply key-in the name
you are researching and if they have it they tell you where the name is most
prevalent, and with many entries showing a brief history of the name. A Nice
From the good folks at
the Irish Times, this link site offers invaluable information for the
Researcher of Irish surnames and more. You can key-in a name and it gives
you a description in the historical Irish/Gaelic language, as well as in
English; on the right side of your search results, you'll find the surname
variants. A site to bookmark.
From the good folks at
Name Origin Research, this link site offers origins on about 50,000
surnames, mainly from the UK. You can key-in a name and it gives
you a very nice history of the name; be sure to try spelling variants. A
wonderful resource for the genealogy and heraldry communities.
HERALDRY IN GENERAL
heraldry links section covers
heraldic artists, flags, heraldic bookplates, heraldry newsletters, and some
miscellaneous sites that you may enjoy.
The Flags of the World was created by Giuseppe
Bottasini, of Milan, Italy, assisted by Željko Heimer; soon Rob Raeside took
over as assistant, and in June 1998, Rob took over as Director. It’s likely
the largest heraldic flag resource available, and is the only site we are
mentioning at this time. When you get to the site, select “pages ordered by
Country”. Thank you Rob for keeping this going!
The Society of Heraldic Art has a
very thorough listing of heraldic artists of all types. Most links have
beautiful art work with separate links to emails and websites of the various
artists. A Must see!
Susi Galloway is a Heraldic Artist originally from Switzerland, now
residing in Florida USA. She accepts commissions for designs or
paintings of personal coat of arms, logos heraldic illustrations, and
pedigrees etc.. Click on the Coat of Arms Gallery to see some of her
work. She is a talented gal!
Marco Foppoli is an Italian artist that specializing in
heraldic art. Unique qualities about the service that Marco provides are his
custom bookplates, and his ecclesiastical heraldry work. The site is offered
in three languages. There is an email contact for prices. Beautiful work
Burke’s Peerage and Gentry offers a
newsletter they call “The Armorial Register” You will see a link at the top
of the page to subscribe to the email version.
The Baronage Press, operated by Frederick Hogarth has
been around for years, and features online genealogical and heraldic data in
their archives section, and general information on the history of the
British Isles. Their on-line newsletter is called the Feudal Herald, and at
this writing, subscriptions are free. Always a good read!
Genealogylinks.net consists of 4,200 pages of more than 45,000 Free Genealogy Links; for US, UK, England, Scotland, Wales,
Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A Monstrous site, and
what a place to start your family research!
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an
international member based organization dedicated to researching and
re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Operating for
some 40 years, the Society boasts some 30,000 members worldwide, and is
currently chaired by Jason Williams. A Must visit!
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