Genealogist and Researcher in Archives
Sometimes you may find or believe that your family has a coat of arms.
Many families claim to have a coat of arms, but in very few cases does this prove to be true.
Coats of Arms do not belong to surnames, they belong to specific families.
Just because your name is Smith and you have an illustration of the Smith arms, does not mean that you can use these arms or claim that they are yours.
From a British perspective, coats of arms descend through the male line of the family to whom they were first granted by the Kings of Arms.
Do you suspect that one of your forebears had an entitlement to a coat of arms? Let us at BEACON undertake research on your behalf in order to make good your claim.