Heraldry: more than just logos for nobles

Coats of arms can provide the means for identification of family relationships, and Christopher Singleton, who has a post-graduate certificate in genealogy, palaeography and heraldry from Strathclyde, will give us an insight into this, and how to search for armigers in our own ancestry.

Christopher  would like to illustrate his talk with research on the forebears of two or three members for whom there may have been arms in the past.  If you think there may have been an armiger amongst your ancestors, even a rumour of one, or perhaps have some family silver with arms, please contact Nancy Newport with a photo and/or any other details.  It would help  if you can provide access to your tree but if not, the earliest records which might provide a lead for his research will be a good starting point.

Q&A, refreshments and free parking.

Non-members are requested to make a donation of £3 towards costs.

For further info contact Newbury Branch.



12 Feb 2020


19:30 - 21:30
Newbury Branch


Newbury Branch
St Mary's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shaw, Berkshire, RG14 2DR


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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history