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A Coat of Arms, again November 2, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Coat of Arms,Family Crests,Genealogy,Heraldry — Janet @ 1:11 pm

Grey COA  Grey Coat of Arms     Sir John Grey, my 12th Great Grandfather, 1527-1564, was the Uncle of Queen Lady Jane Grey.





Smith Coat Of Arms June 17, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Coat of Arms,Genealogy,Heraldry — Janet @ 3:13 pm

09c741a0-dc16-4a96-a9f5-08dc1bccb32b  Another Coat of Arms – I am struck by the simple artistry of this one.  Elegant.


Lundy Coat Of Arms June 8, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Coat of Arms,Genealogy,Heraldry — Janet @ 2:24 pm

COA Lundy Lundy Coat of Arms        Another strong image in red and yellow to add to my “collection”.     Sir John Lundy was my 15th Great Grandfather.


Toft Coat of Arms June 5, 2017

Toft COA     Simple and striking – I seem to like red


Sir William Toft was my 14th Great Grandfather

Below is another Coat of Arms in my “collection”

Fowle COA


Royal Symbol February 12, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Coats of Arms,Genealogy,Heraldry,Symbols — Janet @ 5:37 pm

symbol-earls-or-barons  Symbol to indicate an ancestor was an Earl or a Baron

Interesting to find in my search for ancestors on ancestry.com – e.g. my 19th Great Grandfather Sir Thomas Howland/Holland 1383-1460


Coat of Arms January 15, 2017

preston-coat-of-arms  Here is the Preston Coat of Arms.  An interesting art form.

The Prestons appear in my genealogy back in the 14th century.

thornburgh-cofa   Coat of Arms of the Thornburgh family – they appear in my genealogy in the 15th century

tuck-coa    Tuck Coat of Arms      The Tuck name has Scandinavian origins – at last I’ve found a Viking connection in my family tree!

meverell-coa Meverell Coat of Arms


combe-coa   Combe Coat of Arms

montgomery-shield     Montgomery shield

leech-crest   Leech Crest


guy-coa  Guy Coat of Arms

kingsley-coa  Kingsley Coat of Arms

carew-coa  Carew Coat of Arms



Going Further Back In My Genealogy September 3, 2015

Filed under: Coats of Arms,Genealogy,Heraldry,Middle Ages — Janet @ 9:11 pm
I’m reaching the Middle Ages in my genealogy research.  This is one of the tidbits of information found by another researcher, Wilben Dahl,  He’s writing about the prevalence of Heraldry and Coats of Arms.

Wilben DahlWritten names are rare because few people at that time knew how to read or write. Often even kings lacked that ability and employed Scribes. The design was a method to let someone know who you were before reading and writing, became more common such as after the introduction of the printing press in 1450. Heraldry is complex and much like the Egyptian Hieroglyphics, which relied much on the cognitive powers of the populace during their periods to be understood.

e2b8ec03-4Miller Family Crest