Heraldic visitations were tours of inspection undertaken by Kings of Arms (or more often by junior officers of arms, acting as the Kings’ deputies) in England, Wales and Ireland. Their purpose was to regulate and register the coats of arms of nobility and gentry and boroughs, and to record pedigrees. They took place from 1530 Read more
A book of family crests and surnames which was printed in 1905 and is available to read online or download. Visit Website Read more
European Hearldry is where you can find out about the traditions of heraldry in France, the UK, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Italy, Germany and others. The site includes information from the early 17th century to the present day. Visit Website Read more
Founded by John Burke in 1826, Burke’s Peerage is the definitive guide to the genealogical history of the Royal families of Europe, the aristocratic and historical families of the British Isles, and the Presidential families of the United States. There are over one million names in more than 15,000 records including the Royal families of Read more
The College of Arms is the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. As well as being responsible for the granting of new coats of arms, the College maintains registers of arms, pedigrees, genealogies, Royal Licences, changes of name, and flags. The heralds, besides Read more
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) offers various family history and genealogy courses including a correspondence course.