18    Feb 20105 comments

Design Your Family Crest CONTEST!

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Example Coat of Arms

One of the great new features available from our recent merger is the ability for users to create their own Family Crest! Now you can showoff your heraldic display.

Click on your family tree and find the new tab that leads you to the build your family crest page. This fun new flash feature has 6 customizable elements of the coat of arms, each including loads of prefabricated design and hundreds of color options. Just as in a traditional Coat of Arms, here you can choose your shield, the helm or coronet, two supporters and a motto. As well, you can add charges for each field in the shield.

So have fun, create a crest suitable to your family, and its colorful history. Create a motto or just add the family name. Once you’ve created the crest, you have the option to save it as an image to represent the family site, or as a background image for the online family tree.

And now for the contest:

Send us a screen shot of your Family Crest, built in our application, and we’ll put them all up on the blog for users to vote the on their favorite user crest. The winner will get a free year of Premium subscription to MyHeritage.com!

Please send all entries to: sebastien@myheritage.com

Good Luck!

All entries must be made by the 5th of March.

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  1. Please make it clear to users that there is NO SUCH THING as a FAMILY crest! Crests are part of a coat of arms and would have been issued to an individual, NOT a family. It could be passed down to one heir upon the owner's death, but only one person at a time is entitled to use it, and there may be many, many crests associated with the same last name, many of whom may be not related in any way whatsoever!
  2. Ian
    This only applies to traditional European heraldry. In the "New World", heraldry and any ascribed privilege does not exist. Thus, the rules that govern heraldry are entirely flexible because heraldry is no longer socially and/or legally binding. So live a little and lighten up a bit.
  3. Unable two add family crests one from England the Other from Italy
    elements are missing from crest designer soft ware
  4. What fun!
    But there's some really bizarre (and IMO pretty ugly) things about these "crests"... I think the people who created this didn't do much research on how heraldry works before they offered this to their customers.

    Google "American Heraldry Society" and take a look around, those people are all about the real thing. And it is so much cooler than this.
  5. E.L. O'connell,

    Not at all true. We're in the same position as the Netherlands, Germany and many other countries in Europe that have rich heraldic traditions but no regulatory authorities. People there freely asume arms, just like us.
    We don't nobility in the USA or an heraldic authority... but we certainly do have an heraldic tradition and customs to follow.
    Did you know George Washington's arms are on the DC license plate? Or that most of the signers of the declaration had arms?
    check it out:
    http://www.americanheraldry.org/pages/index.php?n=Main.Notable

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