The Armorial Général is a monumental work, containing descriptions, or blazons, of the arms of over 130,000 European families, alphabetically arranged and accurately described. It was compiled in the late 19th century by Johan Baptiste Rietstap from the Netherlands. In addition to a full description of the arms, many entries identify the nationality of the arms bearer, his title, and the conferrance date. Never before has it been possible to use the Armorial Général as a virtual ordinary and search its blazons at lightning speed for particular charges, tinctures, mottos, etc. No more searching for days through hundreds of pages in libraries or second hand bookstores. With Blazon Search you have the entire work at your finger tips.
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Excellent site by François Velde, with a vast amount of information on many different heraldic traditions for both beginners and amateurs. Also contains an extensive, annotated heraldry bibliography.
Dictionary of Terms
A very large heraldic dictionary with over 3,000 terms, based on C.N. Elvin's original 1879 manuscript. You'll find both English and French terms here.
No doubt the best catagorized portal to Dutch genealogy, lineages, family names and archives. Searchable and easy to navigate.