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The Crown awards the right to use coat of arms to a person who performs a heroic deed, makes a notable achievement, or holds a prominent position. Such grants are recorded by representatives of the Crown called King’s heralds, who house their records at:
 
The Crown awards the right to use coat of arms to a person who performs a heroic deed, makes a notable achievement, or holds a prominent position. Such grants are recorded by representatives of the Crown called King’s heralds, who house their records at:
  
'''College of Arms<br />'''Queen Victoria Street<br />London EC4V 4BT<br />England <br />Internet: http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/
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'''College of Arms<br>'''Queen Victoria Street<br>London EC4V 4BT<br>England <br>Internet: http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/
  
 
In the 16th and 17th centuries, heralds visited all parts of England to discover who was using coats of arms. They asked for proof of male descent from the original grantee. Heraldic visitations are records of these visits (see the "[[England Nobility|Nobility]]" section of this outline).
 
In the 16th and 17th centuries, heralds visited all parts of England to discover who was using coats of arms. They asked for proof of male descent from the original grantee. Heraldic visitations are records of these visits (see the "[[England Nobility|Nobility]]" section of this outline).
  
Heralds developed terms to describe the records they kept. To understand a coat of arms, you need to understand the terms used by the heralds. Many books define heraldic terms. Look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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Heralds developed terms to describe the records they kept. To understand a coat of arms, you need to understand the terms used by the heralds. Many books define heraldic terms. Look in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
  
 
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Papworth, John W. ''Ordinary of British Armorials''. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. (FHL 942 D6p; film 1559395 item 3.) This ordinary is arranged by design and gives the names of those who use each design.
 
Papworth, John W. ''Ordinary of British Armorials''. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. (FHL 942 D6p; film 1559395 item 3.) This ordinary is arranged by design and gives the names of those who use each design.
  
The Family History Library has many books on heraldry, including armorials and ordinaries. They are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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The Family History Library has many books on heraldry, including armorials and ordinaries. They are listed in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
  
 
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Also, families who bore heraldic arms are often subjects of books or articles. (See [[England Genealogy]] and  [[England Nobility]]).
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Also, families who bore heraldic arms are often subjects of books or articles. (See&nbsp;[[England Genealogy]] and&nbsp; [[England Nobility]]).
  
 
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Heraldry is the design, use, regulation, and recording of coats of arms and related emblems. Originally the Crown granted coats of arms to individuals, not families, to identify them in battle. A person entitled to bear arms is an armiger. An armiger’s legitimate male descendants can inherit the right to use his coat of arms. Most English did not have a coat of arms.

The Crown awards the right to use coat of arms to a person who performs a heroic deed, makes a notable achievement, or holds a prominent position. Such grants are recorded by representatives of the Crown called King’s heralds, who house their records at:

College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4BT
England
Internet: http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/

In the 16th and 17th centuries, heralds visited all parts of England to discover who was using coats of arms. They asked for proof of male descent from the original grantee. Heraldic visitations are records of these visits (see the "Nobility" section of this outline).

Heralds developed terms to describe the records they kept. To understand a coat of arms, you need to understand the terms used by the heralds. Many books define heraldic terms. Look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ENGLAND - HERALDRY

GREAT BRITAIN - HERALDRY

One such book is:

Lynch-Robinson, Sir Christopher, and Adrian Lynch-Robinson. Intelligible Heraldry. Baltimore, Maryland: Heraldic Book Company, 1967. (FHL 942 D24Ly.) This is a good basic explanation of heraldic symbols and heraldry.

There are two kinds of books that describe a coat of arms. "Armorials" are alphabetical lists of names with a description, or "blazon," of the arms. "Ordinaries" are similar books that describe coats of arms and arrange them according to design. Some minor armigers are not included in either type of book. The following books are of particular interest:

Burke, Sir John Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time. Second Edition. 1884 reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. (FHL book 942 D24b 1969; film 962347 item 1.) This book lists names alphabetically and contains a blazon and a brief explanation, a glossary, and a few black and white sample coats of arms.

Humphery-Smith, Cecil R. General Armory Two. London, England: Tabard Press, Ltd., 1973. (FHL 942 D24hg.) This book contains additions and corrections to the Burke book listed previously.

Papworth, John W. Ordinary of British Armorials. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. (FHL 942 D6p; film 1559395 item 3.) This ordinary is arranged by design and gives the names of those who use each design.

The Family History Library has many books on heraldry, including armorials and ordinaries. They are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ENGLAND - HERALDRY

Also, families who bore heraldic arms are often subjects of books or articles. (See England Genealogy and  England Nobility).

Web Sites

http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/

http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/england.htm

http://www.theheraldrysociety.com/

http://www.uk-genealogy.org.uk/england/index.html