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Books About Genealogy & Heraldry

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A Complete Guide To Heraldry by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies. Describes the origin and importance of heraldry and the designs used in coats of arms of England and Scotland. With 770 detailed illustrations designed to aid in tracing family lineage.

Heraldry: An Introduction to a Noble Tradition by Michel Pastoureau, translated by Francisca Garvie. Where does heraldry come from? How did it begin? What do the colors and symbols mean? This book explains.

Medieval Heraldry by Terence Wise, illustrated by Richard Hook and William Walker. Explores the origins and appearance of medieval heraldic devices. With numerous illustrations.

Irish Book of Arms: Genealogy & Heraldry by Michael C. O'Laughlin. The actual color coats of arms and blazons are included for many families, and many others are displayed in black and white exactly as they are found in the old works in the Irish Archives.

Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive for Artists and Designers by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies. Royalty-free treasury of 393 color, 654 black-and-white illustrations. Authentic heraldic arms, including royal arms.

Heraldry for Designers and Craftspeople by W. H. St. John Hope. Features eight color plates and over 250 fine black-and-white illustrations, depicting a classic heraldic motifs from the 13th through 16th centuries.

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry by Thomas Woodcock and John Martin Robinson. Well-illustrated book on European heraldry.


Elements of Japanese Design: Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry & Symbolism by John Dower. A library of traditional Japanese design motifs in the form of more than 2,700 family crests.

Samurai Heraldry by Stephen Turnbull, illustrated by Angus McBride. While not regulated in the Western sense, Japanese heraldry developed widely followed practices while remaining flexible. This book offers scores of examples, in monochrome and full colour.

Genealogy: Reference

Debrett's Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree by Noel Currer-Briggs. Explains how family records have been kept over the years, how to consult libraries and family history societies, and how to overcome research problems.

Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Megan Smolenyak. Step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers.

Tracing Your Baltic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, & Middle Eastern Ancestry Online by Anne Hart. Finland, Researching your ancestors from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Armenia, Assyria, Greece, Lebanon, Syria, the Balkans-Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Eastern Europe-Hungary, and more.

Genealogy Magazines


Almanach de Gotha 2011, Volume I edited by John Kennedy. Royal genealogy. Lists all the members of all the imperial, royal, princely and ducal houses, and the counts of the Holy Roman Empire.

In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors by Angus Baxter. A guide to genealogical research in Europe, whether done in person or by correspondence. Includes telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, fax numbers, and URLS.

Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes by George L. Williams. Covers all papal families, starting with the first pope.

More Books About European Royalty

Charlemagne's Genealogy

Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants. Vol. I by Marcellus Donald Alexander R. Von Redlich. In this three-volume series, the progeny of royal houses of Europe that trace back to Charlemagne are listed in chronological order. Individual chapters list American families that link up with one or more royal lines, and pertinent facts are given for each member of the family -- birth, marriage, children, connecting lines, station, distinctions, and honors.

Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants. Vol. II by Aileen Lewers Langston and J. Orton Buck.

Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants. Vol. III by Timothy F. Beard and J. Orton Buck.

Books by Laurence Gardner

Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed by Laurence Gardner. The author claims that the royal families of Europe are descended from Jesus Christ.

Genesis of the Grail Kings: The Explosive Story of Genetic Cloning and the Ancient Bloodline of Jesus by Laurence Gardner and Nicholas de Vere. More on author Gardner's unusual theories.


Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards: Who's Who in the British Monarchy From Egbert to Elizabeth II by David Hilliam. Royal biography and genealogy. Intended as an entertaining introduction to the subject.

The Royal Line of Succession: Official Souvenir Guide by Hugo Vickers. Comprehensive family trees with 60 illustrations, genealogical charts, and 16 royal coats of arms.

Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy by Alison Weir. A genealogical reference book which covers 800 AD to the 20th century. Includes complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain.

Burke's Peerage: 107th Edition edited by Charles Mosley. This reference book on British aristocracy lists the details of some 120,000 living people. This edition includes knights, Scottish and Irish chiefs, and Scottish feudal barons. Published in December 2003.

Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage 2008 edited by Charles Kidd and David Williamson. Lists the genealogical details of all of Britain's titled families.

Blood Royal: Issue of the Kings & Queens of Medieval England 1066-1399 by T. Anna Leese.

Ancestral Trails by Mark D. Herber is a complete guide to British genealogy and family history.

The Dictionary of Genealogy by Terrick H. Fitzhugh. Illustrated guide to terms commonly used in British genealogical research.

British Archives by Janet Foster and Julia Sheppard. A comprehensive guide to archive resources in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

British Chronicles by David Hughes. British royal history, genealogy, and alternative history theories. Two volumes.


Plantagenet Descent: Thirty One Generations from William the Conqueror to Today by Thomas R. Moore. The author traces his family's descent from William the Conqueror to the present day.

Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Anne of Exeter Volume, Containing the Descendants of Anne (Plantagenet), Duchess of Exeter by the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval.

Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Clarence Volume, Containing the Descendants of George, Duke of Clarence by the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval.

Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Isabel of Essex Volume, Containing the Descendants of Isabel (Plantagenet), Countess of Essex by the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval.


Clans and Tartans by Charles MacLean, David McAllister, and Fritz Von Der Schulenburg. Genealogy.

Scottish Roots by Alwyn James. A step-by-step guide for ancestor-hunters in Scotland and elsewhere.

More Books About British Royalty


In Search of Your German Roots by Angus Baxter. A complete guide to tracing your ancestors in the Germanic areas of Europe.

Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide by Kevan M. Hansen.


A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland by Brian Mitchell. Explains tracing your pre-1864 ancestors in church records and also for locating your post-1864 ancestors in civil records.

Irish Records: Sources for Local and Family History by James G. Ryan. A comprehensive listing of sources available for each county in Ireland.

Digging for Irish Roots: How to Search for Your Ancestors by Don Cahalan.


Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, & Other Records in Family History Research by Trafford R. Cole.

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage by Lynn Nelson.


Polish Roots/Korzenie Polskie by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. Guide to researching Polish genealogy.

Portugal and Spain

Finding Your Hispanic Roots by George R. Ryskamp. Learn about your ancestors from Spain and Portugal.


Your Swedish Roots by Per Clemensson and Kjell Andersson. Explains where to find the necessary records and how to use them


The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt: A Genealogical Sourcebook of the Pharaohs by Aidan Dodson, Dyan Hilton. Unravels royal family relationships from the dawn of Egyptian history through the vast progeny of Ramesses II, and ends with the complicated interconnections of the Ptolemies and Cleopatras.

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The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History by Gary Boyd Roberts.

Black Roots by Tony Burroughs. A beginner's guide to tracing the African-American family tree.

More Books About African Royalty

Native American Genealogical Sourcebook edited by Paula K. Byers.

A Student's Guide to Native American Genealogy by E. Barrie Kavasch. For young adults.


Cherokee Proud: Tracing and Honoring Your Cherokee Ancestors by Tony McClure. This book will help you learn if you have Cherokee ancestors.

Cherokee Connections by Myra Vanderpool Gormley. An introduction to genealogical sources pertaining to Cherokee ancestors.

More Books About American Royalty



In Search of Your Asian Roots: Genealogical Research on Chinese Surnames by Sheau-yueh J. Chao.

China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America by Jeanie W. Low.

A Student's Guide to Chinese-American Genealogy by Colleen She.


A Student's Guide to Japanese American Genealogy by Yoji Yamaguchi. For ages 9-12.

More Books About Asian Royalty

Ottoman Empire

Search Your Middle Eastern and European Genealogy: In the Former Ottoman Empire's Records and Online by Anne Hart.


Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories by David S. Zubatsky and Irwin M. Berent explains how to deal with the special complexities of Jewish genealogical research.

The Lurie Legacy: The House of Davidic Royal Descent by Neil Rosenstein. Genealogy of the Lurie family.


These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences and may not work in other regions.

Family Tree. This feature-length documentary follows amateur and professional genealogists as they uncover their personal histories. Includes a look at Queen Victoria's family tree.

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