The Coat of Arms of John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy would turn 100 on May 29th 2017. He was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts and died in 1963 by a number of gunshots when he was driving in a convertible car through the city of Dallas. John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the US from 1961 – 1963. Up… Read more »

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Why do you do genealogy?

Often people ask: Why should someone research his ancestry? Why is it interesting for someone to know ancestors who lived 300 or 400 years ago? What are the motives for a genealogy? Today we want to tell you some basics about the genealogy in other terms the family research. Identity, rooting and the sense for traditions The… Read more »

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650th Birthday of Henry IV

On the occasion of the 650th birthday of Henry IV (*April or May 1366 or 1367 at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire; † March 20th 1413 in London), King of England at the time, we decided to compare his Coat of Arms with the one of Queen Elizabeth II. The life of Henry IV Henry IV was… Read more »

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International Women´s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day. On this day women all over the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year’s motto is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. The theme refers to the fact that the majority of  work which is free of charge… Read more »

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The Mon – Japanese Coats of Arms

In our blog we often present German and European heraldry. Today we want to show you some Japanese Coat of Arms. They are called mon and the translation of it is symbol or emblem. As the western and European crests, knights originally used mons at the battlefield to identify foe and friend. Today it is a… Read more »

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RootsTech 2017

As in previous years RootsTech took place again in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah. With more than 12,000 conference participants it is the greatest event for genealogy of the US and it was already the seventh time this year. It was also possible to follow some of the sessions via livestream and… Read more »

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Parchment for Heraldry and Genealogy

parchment

Customers often ask why we depict heraldic and genealogical artworks on premium parchments. Today we want to share some interesting facts about this material and you will know the reason why parchment is the most suitable material to show your family history on it.  Parchment is more resistant than paper We are pretty sure that all… Read more »

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Christmas Greetings

In a few days it is Christmas. Of all festivals of the year, Christmas is the most powerful one. Perhaps because it is celebrated during a cold and dark time and all the lights and Christmas decorations are breaking through this darkness. Often the time before Christmas is really hectic, so we enjoy the contemplative… Read more »

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Who is it? – Deciphering old photos

Police lineup or mugshot set

You will be familiar with following situation: While browsing old documents you come across a photo but cannot decipher the persons on it. When doing a genealogy such photos get unusual for the chronicle. Therefore, what should you do with these kind of photos? We have collected some tips, how you might identify the unknown persons… Read more »

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Tinctures of Coats of Arms

In heraldry colors are tinctures. Primarily they help to contrast the Coat of Arms. This is why each Coat of Arms has at least two tinctures, whereas one needs to be metallic. In general heraldry distinguishes between six different tinctures. These are gules (red), azure (blue), vert (green), sable (black) and the two metals or… Read more »

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