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An Introduction to Heraldry for Genealogists

2019-12-12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm


Event Details

“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.

About our Speaker

David Appleton(B.S. History), has been researching and teaching about heraldry for thirty-five years. This on-going interest has taken him all across the United States and Canada and to Europe to participate in and speak at symposia on the subject. He is a long-time member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, six international heraldry societies, and five lineage societies. He regularly participates in a number of heraldry and lineage on-line groups. In addition to his illustrated presentations, he has written several books and numerous articles for a variety of publications on the topic of heraldry, and regularly posts about the subject on his on-line blog, “Heraldry: Musings on an esoteric topic.”



8:00 pm - 9:15 pm