One thing that many people look for when researching their family history is a coat of arms or crest. There are many crests and coats of arms that are linked to various last names and finding one that is linked to your last name can be a fun and interesting discovery. This is because many of the crests and coats of arms have interesting stories linked to them. Of course, in order to find out the story that may be linked to your family’s crest or coat of arms, it is important to learn how to search for a crest or coat of arms as effectively as possible.
The internet can be a great tool
The internet can be a great tool when it comes to searching for your family crest or coat of arms. There are many websites that allow you to enter your last name. They will then show you a crest or coat of arms that is linked to your family name. You need to be careful however. If you have a common last name the crest or coat of arms that is located may not actually be linked to an ancestor of yours. It can be a much better idea to research your family history and find out the specific crests or coats of arms that may have been granted to your ancestors.
Keep in mind that it was usually only nobles and knights that had the right to bear a crest or coat of arms. This is because it was the knights and nobles that had to identify themselves while on a field of battle. There were some cases where clergy or tradesmen were awarded the right to bear a coat of arms but this was not a common occurrence.
What to do once you have found your crest or coat of arms
Once you have found a crest or coat of arms that is associated with your family you may want to find out the meaning of the symbols that appear on or around the shield. Everything from the colors that were used to the shape of the lines and the images or charges that appear on the shield have meaning. Some images were only granted under special circumstances. They may have been granted to someone who performed a special service for a…