Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
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Aspects of International Collaboration includes Accreditation (certificate program) with the College of Teachers, and Administration, Faculty, Advisors, Chairs, Fellows, Patrons and Heraldic Artists from 15 different countries. Although international in scope, the American College of Genealogy provides the American student with an exceptional array of course materials in genealogy, heraldry and documentary sciences. The American School of Genealogy is the only one of its type in the U.S.A. that offers educational resources, theory, research methodology, genetics and a scientific balance of the various disciplines that allow the genealogist the necessary tools needed to research in the 21st Century.
Why should a Genealogist take courses in Heraldry and Documentary Sciences?
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Heraldry and genealogy
The coat of arms began to be used as a hereditary device in England in the mid-twelfth century. Although, presumably, it initially arose as a means of identification on the battlefield, as time went on it evolved into - literally - a status symbol. As a rule of thumb, in later medieval times it was the 'manor-holding' classes who bore arms.
Of course, it is the hereditary aspect of arms that makes them useful to the genealogist. Each coat of arms belongs to a particular family - not, as some modern 'commercial heralds' would have us believe, to a surname - and no two families are allowed to bear the same arms. This means that a coat of arms, for example on a funeral monument or a seal, should in principle identify the associated family unambiguously. The arms passed to younger sons as well as the eldest, though they were often altered (or differenced) in some way to indicate this - eventually an elaborate system of marks of cadency was developed to indicate the arms of younger sons (and also those of the eldest son during his father's lifetime). Click above to read extended version.