Program: An Introduction to Heraldry for Genealogists

Our Thursday, March 18 Program begins at 6:30 pm. Visitors are welcome and can register below to receive the Zoom info and handout!

Program Information


Coat of Arms

“At the outset there is a curious fact in the relationship between the two subjects [of heraldry and genealogy]. While students of Heraldry do take to Genealogy and acquire a considerable knowledge of it, those who begin as genealogists seldom if ever take any interest in Heraldry. This is most unfortunate because the two subjects are necessarily connected.” (L.G. Pine, Heraldry and Genealogy, p. 145) This presentation illustrates the connection between genealogy and heraldry, and demonstrates with examples and applications how heraldry can become “the genealogist’s most colorful tool” (even when it’s in black and white).

Included are a brief overview of the history of heraldry from its earliest days into the 21st Century, the various parts of an heraldic “achievement” and what clues they may offer to a genealogical researcher, methods of identifying coats of arms, and where to look for (and ways to use) heraldry. Also discussed are a couple of common misconceptions about heraldry.

Speaker Profile:

David Appleton

David B. Appleton is an internationally known author and lecturer on various aspects of genealogy and on heraldry and its applications for genealogists. He is an associate member of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique, a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, belongs to five lineage and six heraldry societies, and regularly participates in a number of heraldry, genealogy, and lineage-related on-line groups. He has written several books and numerous articles for a variety of publications on heraldry and genealogy, and loves to share his knowledge of these subjects with anybody willing to listen to him others.

Visitors are welcome and can register below to receive the Zoom info and handout!

Be sure to use our Thursday afternoon (except holiday weeks) genealogy help session from 1 to 5 pm on Zoom. Visitors: please end an email to with your request, and if for an ancestor, please send your family tree info from Ancestry, MyHeritage or a family tree image from your genealogy software.

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