Coat of Arms, Family Crests, Heraldry and our Ancestors

Coat of Arms, Family Crests, Heraldry and our Ancestors

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What are they, and how do they play a part in our genealogy and family history as we research our ancestors?

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Definition of Terms

    Coat of Arms (armorial bearings or arms for short)....

    the official symbols of an individual, family, state, etc., indicating ancestry and distinction.

    Blazon....

    to describe, paint, or depict a coat of arms with accurate detail and in proper terms.

    Blazonry....

    the science of describing or depicting armoral bearings.

    Surcoat....

    a loose outer coat, gown, or tunic worn in the middle ages by a knight over his armor.

    Crest....

    a plume used as decoration on top of a helmet;  a device placed above the shield on a coat of arms;  an ornament of the headpiece that afforded protection against a blow.

    Heraldry....

    the profession, study, science, or art of devising, displaying, granting armorial insignia,  blazoning arms, tracing and recording genealogies, and determining and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms.

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    Owner:
    Carol L _whitedaisy -Contributions private
    Created:
    6/18/2007
    Modified:
    7/10/2007
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