An Introduction to Heraldry

Thursday, June 08 from 03:00pm EDT - 04:00pm EDT
via Zoom
Presented By Paul Campbell, Vice President of the College of Arms Foundation
Sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

An Introduction to Heraldry is a free, online event held via Zoom.

Join the NYG&B and special guest Paul Campbell, Vice President of the College of Arms Foundation, for an introduction to heraldry as we explore the historic, visual, and artistic importance of the heraldic tradition. Heraldry, which has been designed and used since at least the 12th century, expresses personal and familial identities and characteristics. This makes heraldry an important tool in genealogical research. In his talk, Paul will discuss the history and geographic diversity of heraldry—with an emphasis on English and Scottish styles—and how the heraldic tradition evolved in the United States. He will also present specific research methods for evaluating heraldry and coats of arms in the context of family history research.

About the Presenter

Paul Campbell headshot

Paul has been pursuing heraldic interests since 2005 when he attended a visit by Lord Lyon Robin Blair in New York. This new hobby reignited his love of writing and he began writing on heraldry as well as Campbell history. He is a lifetime member of the Clan Campbell Society North America and served as the editor of its quarterly journal for more than 3 years. In 2013, he edited a book on heraldic bookplates of members of Clan Campbell. Paul has lectured at events that were co-sponsored by the NYG&B and the College of Arms Foundation, including two very popular discussions of the heraldry appearing on wine labels. In 2010, he was selected to be on the board of the American College of Heraldry, followed by election to the board of the College of Arms Foundation in 2012. Since 2017, he has served as the Vice President of the College of Arms Foundation.