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Heralds’ Visitations

The Heralds’ Visitations are records of visits to various places to record family genealogies, changes to families, made by the College of Arms heralds.  They can provide useful information, but any researcher has to understand that the information is fallible.  Just because it was recorded three centuries ago, Aunt Agatha’s information about the family is as likely to be misleading then as now.  I had a great aunt who authoritatively told me that one of my female great-great-great aunts was a doctor working for the Rothschild family.  In fact, she was a nurse working for the Rothschild family, so she was partly right.  The problem is always to know which bit of the information is correct!

So with the proviso that one needs to be sceptical about information without supporting facts, there are more and more Heralds’ Visitations available on the Internet Archive, which is a great resource for family historians.  The main difficulty for this set of documents, as for many others with large series, is distinguishing which edition you’re looking at without a lot of clicking in and clicking out of the individual documents.  I have therefore compiled a link list of those I have found so far:

The visitations of England can provide a wealth of information for the family history researcher. The visitation from 1893 contains not just family history information but also in some cases portraits and silhouettes. It’s worth searching quite carefully.

You will find interesting background information on the Herald’s Visitations on the mediaeval genealogy site here.

Visitation of England and Wales (1893)

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 1 1893*

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 2 1894

Visitation of England and Wales Notes Vol 3 1898

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 4 1896

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 5 1897

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 6 1898


Visitation of England and Wales Vol 7 1899

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 8 1900

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 9 1901

Visitation of England and Wales – notes – 1903

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 10 1902

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 11 1903

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 12 1904

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 13 1906

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 15 1905

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 16 1909

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 17 1906

Visitation of England and Wales vo 15 1908

Visitation of England and Wales Vol 18 1918


Visitation of England and Wales Vol 19 1917

Other volumes not listed yet are on this search page

Visitation of Ireland (volume 2)

Visitation of Ireland (volume 4)

The visitation of Suffolke volume 1

The Visitation of Suffolke (volume 2)

The visitation of Wiltshire 1623

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