02 August 2012

The Family History Show: Heraldry

The Family History Show is a series of videos presenting, in a highly digestible form, aspects of British family history. Some of the earlier episodes, especially episode four, could well be used in this month's Getting Started in Family History series. Others cover material which is rather more specialized.

Episode nine of the show, hosted by Nick Barrett and Laura Berry, has just been posted and comes from the College of Arms in London. The episode gives an introduction to heraldry and the genealogical resources of the College of Arms which go back hundreds of years.

The herald being interviewed used the term "prove" in relation to pedigrees, something they have been doing for centuries without benefit of the comparatively very recent genealogical proof standard.


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