Presentation of Arms to the Federation of Family History Societies
On 5th April 1997, D.H.B. Chesshyre Esquire LVO.MA.FSA. Norroy & Ulster King of Arms presented the Patent of the Grant of Arms to David Lambert, Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS). The presentation was made during the Banquet at Chichester held during the half-yearly conference of the FFHS, hosted by Sussex Family History Group, one of the 11 founder societies of the FFHS.
The blue and gold field is in the form of a series of ‘Ts’ which represent the family trees that all family historians aspire to produce. The red border represents the Federation enclosing all those family trees and the 11 gold acorns stand for the 11 founder societies – the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, the Kent Family History Society, the Norfolk & Norwich Genealogical Society, the Sussex Family History Group, the West Surrey Borders Family History Society, the Irish Genealogical Research Society, the Scottish Genealogy Society, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, the Bath Heraldry Society, the Macclesfield Heraldry Society and the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The crane is the traditional bird of learning. The French for a crane’s foot is ‘Pied-d-grue’ from which we get the word Pedigree. The crane normally holds a stone but in this case it is a globe of the world to represent the world wide membership of the Federation.
One from each sex to denote our equal descent from both; an artisan and an agricultural labourer to represent the majority of our ancestors. The blacksmith is from the arms of the City of Birmingham where our foundation meeting was held but in this case he holds a horseshoe taken from the arms of our founder Chairman and first President.
The globe is taken from the crest and is surrounded by a chaplet of oak leaves and six acorns representing the countries in which the Federation has members – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America – and the Continent of Europe.