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Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms

An index to thirty-three titles that contain information and illustrations pertaining to family coats of arms

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Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms


This collection, compiled by Library of Virginia staff, is an index to thirty-three titles that contain information and illustrations pertaining to family coats of arms. The Note(s) field on each entry indicates the information source.

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  • Entries are searchable by personal name or surname followed by "family" (e.g., Smith family).
  • Using quotes around phrases may return fewer, more relevant results.
  • Boolean operators OR, NOT and AND written in ALL CAPS may be used. By default, all search terms will be combined with the AND operator. To exclude terms, use the NOT operator before a term.
  • Wildcards can be used to find variant spellings or words. The question mark (?) will match any one character. For instance, "Ols?n" will match "Olsen" or "Olson". The asterisk (*) will match any number of characters (including zero). "Ch*ter" will match "Charter", "Character", and "Chapter", and "Temp*" will match "Temptation", "Temple", and "Temporary".

Related Resources

Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory: A Record of Coats of Arms Which Have Been in Use within the Present Bounds of the United States (Boston, 1927). CR1209.B6

Burke, Sir John Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (London, 1878; reprinted 1996). CR1619.B73 1878

Crozier, William Armstrong. Crozier's General Armory: A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor (New York, 1904; reprinted 1957). CR1209.C82

Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Heraldica, Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor (New York, 1908; reprinted 1965). F221.V75 v.5

Filby, P. William. American & British Genealogy & Heraldry: A Selected List of Books (Boston, 1983). Z5311.F55 1983

Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles. A Complete Guide to Heraldry (London, 1929; reprinted 1970). CR21.F73 1929

Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book (London, 1908; reprinted 1962). CR1209.M45 1908

Swem, Earl Gregg. Virginia Historical Index under the heading "Coat of Arms" (Roanoke, 1934–1936; reprinted 1965). F221.S93

Revised February 2021