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About the Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms

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Description of Collection

This finding aid indexes 32 published sources containing information and illustrations pertaining to family coats of arms. Terms used for colors in coats of arms are: gules (red); azure (blue); argent (silver); or (gold).

General Arrangement of Finding Aid

Arrangement is alphabetical by family name. Cards contain references to the sources (including volume and page numbers) listed below. See More Information about the Collection.

Format of Collection

Printed materials.

More Information about the Collection

Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy. Edited by Frederick A. Virkus (Chicago, 1925) (CS69.V814 v.1-7).

(Am.Her.) America Heraldica; a Compilation of Coats of Arms, Crests and Mottoes of Prominent American Families Settled in this Country before 1800. Edited by Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont (New York, 1886) (CR1209.V4 1886 and 1886a).

American Biography (New York, 1916-1933). Title on spine: Encyclopedia of American Biography (E176.A47).

Americana (New York, 1909-1943) (E171.A63).

(Burke. Commoners) Burke, John. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland. (London, 1833-1838.) (LVA has the 1977 reprint of the 1834-1838 London edition, v. 1-4.) (CS425.B68 1977).

(Burke. P.F.A.) Burke, Arthur Meredyth. The Prominent Families of the United States of America. Volume 1. (London, 1908) (CS61.B8 v.1).

(Burke. Visitations I) Burke, Sir John Bernard. A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. Series I. (London, 1855) (CS419.B88).

(Burke. Visitations II) Burke, Sir John Bernard. A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. Series II. (London, 1854) (CS419.B875).

(C. & R. L.) Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America (New York, 1940) (CS61.A5 1940).

Connecticut Magazine (Hartford, 1908) (F91.C85 v. 12).

Davenport, Cyril. English Heraldic Book-Stamps (London, 1909) (Z994.E5D2).

(Dow, Ball, Eaton) Dow, Grace Ann (Ball). Dow, Ball, Eaton and Allied Families (New York, 1951) (CS71.D743 1951).

(Durham Visitation Pedigrees) Flower, William. Pedigrees Recorded at the Visitations of the County Palatine of Durham (London, 1887). Title on spine: Durham Visitation Pedigrees (CS437.D8A3).

(Encyclopedia of American Biography) American Biography (New York, 1916-1933). Title on spine: Encyclopedia of American Biography (E176.A47).

Flower, William. Pedigrees Recorded at the Visitations of the County Palatine of Durham (London, 1887). Title on spine: Durham Visitation Pedigrees (CS437.D8A3).

Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles. Armorial Families (London, 1902) (CR1619.F7 v.1-2).

Franklyn, Julian. Shield and Crest (New York, 1960) (CR21.F76).

Heraldic Journal; Recording the Armorial Bearings and Genealogies of American Families. Vol. 1-4 in one volume (Boston, 1865-1868) (CS42.H42).

(Heraldic Visitations) Saint-George, Sir Henry. The Visitation of London. Vol. 1-2 (London, 1880-1883) (CS410.H3 v. 15, 17).

(Heraldry for the American Genealogist) Stephenson, Jean. Heraldry for the American Genealogist (Washington, D.C., 1959) (CR27.S8).

(Heraldry in Scotland) Stevenson, John H. Heraldry in Scotland (Glasgow, 1914) (CR1652.S8 v.1-2).

(Howard. Visitation) Howard, Joseph Jackson. Visitation of England and Wales (London, 1893-1919) (CS419.H65 v.1-21).

Lynch-Robinson, Christopher. Intelligible Heraldry (New York, 1948) (CR21.L9 1948).

Mackenzie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of the United States of America (CS61.M2 v.1-7).

(NEHGS) New England Historic Genealogical Society. A Roll of Arms Registered by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, 1928-) (CR1209.N45 pt.1-7).

(Pecquet) Pecquet du Bellet, Louise. Some Prominent Virginia Families (Lynchburg, 1907) (F225.P36 v.1-4).

Pittman, Hannah D. Americans of Gentle Birth and their Ancestors (Baltimore, 1970) (CS55.P55 1970 v.1-2).

(Prominent Families of the U.S.) Burke, Arthur Meredyth. The Prominent Families of the United States of America. Volume 1. (London, 1908) (CS61.B8 v.1).

(Rand, N.H. Rand-Hale...) Rand, Nettie Hale. Rand-Hale, Strong and Allied Families (New York, 1940) (CS71.R187 1940).

Revolutionary Soldiers and Their Descendants. Genealogical Records (New York, 1898?) (F465.R4).

Reynolds, Jack A. Heraldry and You (New York, 1961) (CR27.R45).

(RNL) Richmond News Leader (Richmond, 1903-1992) (Film 5).

(Ruf, A.H. Ruf, Haight...) Ruf, Alpha H. Ruf, Haight, Eddy, Sumner, Hatch and Allied Families (New York, 1932) (CS71.R8886 1932).

(Sayles and Allied Families) Sayles, Mary Dorr (Amos). Sayles and Allied Families (New York, 1925) (CS71.S274 1925).

Stephenson, Jean. Heraldry for the American Genealogist (Washington, D.C., 1959) (CR27.S8).

Stevenson, John H. Heraldry in Scotland (Glasgow, 1914) (CR1652.S8 v.1-2).

(Virkus) Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy. Edited by Frederick A. Virkus (Chicago, 1925) (CS69.V814 v.1-7).

(Visitations, Heraldic) See Heraldic Visitations.

Watson, Annah Robinson. Of Sceptred Race (CS71.W34 1910).

Welles, Albert. American Family Antiquity (New York, 1880) (CS69.W5 v.1).

Related Resources

Many family names may be found in Swem, Earl Gregg. Virginia Historical Index under the heading "Coat of Arms" (1934-1936; reprinted 1965) (F221.S93 and F221.S93 1965). Other resources which may be useful are: Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Heraldica, Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor (1908; reprinted 1965) (F225.C95 1965 and F221.V75 v.5). Also Crozier's General Armory: a Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor (1904; reprinted 1966) (CR1209.C82 and CR1209.C82 1966).

Also: Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles. A Complete Guide to Heraldry (1929; reprinted 1970) (CR21.F73 1929). Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory: a Record of Coats of Arms Which Have Been in Use within the Present Bounds of the United States (Boston, 1927) (CR1209.B6). Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book (1908; reprinted 1962) (CR1209.M45 1908 and 1962). Burke, Sir John Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (1878; reprinted 1962) (CR1619.B73 1878 and 1884a).

For bibliography with annotations see: Filby, P. William. American and British Genealogy and Heraldry: a Selected List of Books (Boston, 1983) (Z5311.F55 1983).