If your ancestor had noble or royal lineage, you may find a published genealogy within this category, as well as heraldry and coats of arms.
Some publications include images of armorial bearings as well as descriptions and family history information.
- When searching non-English collections, remember to translate the names and use surname spellings that your ancestors might have used in their native country.
- If you’re looking for the meaning of an image in a family crest, look for books on arms and armoury, which may contain images of family crests or explain the meaning of a particular element. Use the keyword field to search for a particular word such as an eagle, feather, or wreath.
- Even if you have a family tale of royalty, it’s best to start with the present and work your way back through time documenting each generation as you progress. That way you will have a solid connection to any royal forebears you find.