Rietstap's Armorial General
Riestap's Armorial General is a huge collection of family crests gathered from
numerous smaller armorials and all put in one multi volume armorial. There are 120,000 or so European names listed
120,000 European coats of arms: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Spain, England,
Italy. along with a description of each names family crest. Sometimes you will also find the
nationality of the owner, his title, if any, and the date of the grant. You probably don't really care about
Illustrations to the Armorial General were created and published
by V. and H. V. Rolland
in a 3 volume set titled: Rolland, V. and H. V. ILLUSTRATIONS TO THE
ARMORIAL GENERAL by J. B. Rietstap
A colored version was eventually
This is a good place to start looking for a family crest for your name. And there
are a few places you can find Rietstap"s Armorial General on the web.
This first one is provided by http://genealogie.com and offers
all the Coats of Arms from Rietstap's Armorial in full color:
The second place I found is http://www.coats-of-arms-heraldry.com/armoriaux/rietstap.html
You can use this website to find the blazon or heraldic description of each coat
of arms listed in Rietstap in both English and French.
So there you have it. You can check Rietstap and the illustrations from Rolland to
see if there is a coat of arms associated with your name, or anyone's name for that matter. You can also use it to
check the accuracy of a family crest you might purchase from a commercial vendor.
By the way, both Rietstap's Armorial General and Rolland's Illustrations are found
in many public libraries.