One element of documenting family history is to place the lives of ancestors in the context of their place and time. Many of the places we study have their own history, evolving from farming villages ...
In my experience the two terms seem interchangeable, but undoubtedly there is a difference between a family's crest and its coat of arms. What is it?
For a given surname it is easy to find many variations in its coats of arms*. I get the impression that coats of arms were described in records as text and thus were open to interpretation at the time ...