|Ahnentafel von Herzog Ludwig |
Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
The problem of people slapping up coats of arms all over their tress is, well, everywhere. Now, I will admit, that if the researcher has done the proper leg work and knows for certain that what they have posted is the correct arms then kudos to them! Most people, however, don’t.
Heraldic display is awesome. I love the banners, wood carving, stained glass, and well… everything about a good heraldic display. I have read books, taken classes, and studied heraldry in person all over the place. A highlight of mine was going to The Institute of Heraldry a few years ago. I didn’t want to leave their research library and was amazed by what I saw.
For several months I have been thinking about putting together a heraldic primer for genealogists. With descriptions of how arms were used, why they were used, who could use them, how they were passed down and etc. Perhaps I should put pen to paper and get cracking on that.