Heraldry Society of Southern Africa

Heraldic registries in the English-speaking world


In the English-speaking world[1] there are heraldic authorities in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand (see this page). Australia formally falls under the authority of the College of Arms in London, but has little effective control over heraldry. The United States military establishment has the Institute of Heraldry in Washington DC, but there is no formal control over the arms of either state or local governments or those of private citizens in the US. Americans, in particular, make use of a number of private registries.


Burke’s Peerage and Gentry International Register of Arms

Burke’s was originally a private publishing venture by Sir Bernard Burke, a late 19th-century Ulster King of Arms in Dublin. It has recently been revived, and provides (among other services) a register. Its base is Collin, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.


New England Historic Genealogical Society

Founded in 1845. Among its services is a private heraldic registry.


The Augustan Society

Organised in 1957, this society began registering coats of arms in 1966. It is based in Daggett, California.


American College of Heraldry

Private heraldic registry founded in 1972.


US Heraldic Registry

Established in 2005 to provide free on-line registration of inherited, granted, or assumed arms in the United States.


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[1] Aside from South Africa.


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