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Subject: Re: Heraldry
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 21:36:10 EST
Your inquirer needs first to be informed that, at least in the European
heraldic tradition, there's no such thing as a "family coat of arms." Each
coat of arms belongs to an individual, and is inherited as personal property
by only one heir. He would be better advised to consult a heraldic artist
(They advertise in various genealogical publications) about devising an
original coat of arms for himself, rather than to copy and display arms that
belong to someone else, even if distantly related.
Donn Devine, CG, CGI
2004 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington DE 19806-2014, USA
Phone 302/656-7233 FAX 302/656-0315
CG, Certified Genealogist, CGI, and Certified Genealogical Instructor are
service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under
license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations,
and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
From: "Diane Gravel" <>
I have had an inquiry from a gentleman who has what he believes to be a
legitimate copy of his family's coat of arms. The quality of the copy is not
suitable for framing, and he would like to find someone who could either find
or create a better copy.