It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
This is just a quick announcement to let you know that over this weekend I have:
1 - Found a new source for some more coats of arms used in the United States;
2 - Added those arms to my Excel spreadsheet of arms used in the United States; and
3 - Uploaded that Excel spreadsheet, with its accompanying Word document (which gives some background, explanation, and bibliography of the sources used in creating the spreadsheet), combined into a .zip file, to the internet.
This time I have not, as I have in the past, uploaded two versions, one .xlsx and one .xls. Only the .xlsx/.docx version has been uploaded. Most folks who are interested in these documents can open and read them as they are, and for those who can't, there are a number of websites out there who will convert them - for free! - into just about any format you want, not just .xls and .doc.
So, there you have it! If you would like the latest version, there is a link to the .zip file in the left-hand column of this blog under "Some Articles I've Written". The link is labeled "American Heraldry Collection (in .xlsx and