Information note on the IX. Colloquium of Genealogy in Madrid

From October 21. to October 24. Oktober 2015 Petra Heimbach joined the IX. International Colloquium of Genealogy At the suggestion of our Secretary General, don Fernando González de Canales, please find attached information note on colloquiums. Spanish Version of the Note:  Notas sobre los coloquios de octubre (PDF) Spanish Version of the Note:  Note about october colloquia in… Read more »

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Game of Thrones – Family Crests & Rich Heraldry

Heraldry is a source of pride and identity that can create a strong family bond. Nowhere will you find a more vibrant example of those heraldic family bonds in action than on HBO’s television series, Game of Thrones. The show and its characters are fantasy (the presence of dragons should give that away). But the… Read more »

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The 3 Wise Men – Coats of Arms

July 23, 1164 is a day of high significance for Cologne: According to the Cologne Royal Chronicle produced some 50 years later, Archbishop Rainald von Dassel entered the city to the sound of bells and the cheers of the population. Reason for the triumph: He is bringing the relics of the Magi “to Cologne to… Read more »

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Heraldry Is All Around Us

I’ve said any number of times in the past that, “You can find heraldry everywhere!” Indeed, sometimes the abundance of heraldry — even here in the United States, which does not have a very strong heraldic tradition — reminds me a little of the lyrics to the old song by Australian pop singer John Paul… Read more »

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High Tech Heraldry

Back to the roots; Heraldry becomes 3D once more. It is about a year ago now that I stumbled across some remarkable renditions of coats of arms. The first time I laid eyes on the 3D arms designed and developed exclusively for Fine Legacy & Pro Heraldica, I was honestly smitten and in awe. Looking… Read more »

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Shakespeare’s Family Crest – To be or not to be?

It’s difficult to imagine William Shakespeare worrying about his legacy. For more than 400 years, his name has been etched in history as the most well-known author in the English language. His plays, performed more times than anyone else’s before him or since, and his 154 sonnet masterpieces ensure his legacy will endure for centuries… Read more »

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A Coat of Arms in 21st Century America!?!?

Isn’t it more than a bit outdated, something best left to the realm of antiquarians and historians? Does it have any place in the modern United States? “I asked the children what the little crowned hearts and diagonal bars, the golden fleur-de-lys, and the rampant lions meant. They studied the enigmatical mixture of lions and… Read more »

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Your Coat of Arms is NOT on the Internet

Contrary to what some people will tell you, there is no such thing as a coat of arms for a family name, ever, period. You may be thinking: “You guys are daft! Of course, there is a coat of arms for my family. I found it on the Internet!” The truth is that a coat… Read more »

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