The most famous herald of the last century undisputed is Dr. Ottfried Neubecker. His heraldic heritage is cared, cherished and continued at Pro Heraldica. This is why we feel the urge to provide more detailed knowledge about the term “herald”.
Herald – How does one come along this profession?
It is always the same when a professional title is not protected officially: It is possible for everyone to declare being a professional herald. In fact, it is not adequate to be a member in a heraldic association to practice respectable heraldry. Beside a fine sense for graphical compositions, an excellent historical education and especially the experience of many years are essential.
The tight combination between coat of arms and family history explains the requirement of historic expertise. Just like other scientists a well-equipped library is a must for the long-standing experience. You should be able to find at least the collections of the Siebmacher and Rietstap fully there.
To be able to assess the competence and the integrity of a herald we created a “checklist” for you. Of course this list has not any claim to comprehensiveness, nevertheless it helps you to find a trustworthy herald.
Finding a Good Herald – The Checklist:
- Who is behind the quotation?
- What kind of people are you dealing with?
- What is/was his profession?
- What tells the imprint? Here you can see the legal form of the company.
- Does the herald have own offices or spaces to exercise and practice his job?
- Also obtaining information from the credit investigation company can be helpful.
- Also check the research options of the herald, therefore have a look at how extensive his library is.
- Another important point is finding out if the herald checks the uniqueness of the coat of arms and if so under which criterions.