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Heraldry in Color...a new CD-ROM book
Dr. David P. Johnson has edited a new CD-Rom book, American Heraldry
in Color that will provide an historical record of the armorial
cultural heritage for heraldic, genealogical and other researchers
in future generations.
In this text you will find
both historical and current examples of armorial bearings. Most of
the bearings are borne by United States residents and military
personnel serving abroad. A few of these were borne by those
closely associated with the founding and development of the nation.
Many of the Arms are domestic, but others originated in, or were
later recognized by, foreign officers of arms.
The armorial and biographical
information contained in this volume was collected over the period
of some thirty years from among the Arms registered by The American
College of Heraldry. Some of those listed have updated their
information from time to time, while others have not. The new
information has been included.
American Heraldry in Color
presents over 250 Coats-of-Arms and is $16.95 postpaid. You may
order from The American College of Heraldry, PO Box 710, Cottondale,
Amongst all the fancy folk
included in the CD is one not-fancy folk - your editor! What a
thrill to see my Arms included in this collection! Thanks, David!
George C. Seward presents Seward & Related Families
Mr. George C. Seward has written the third edition of his family
genealogy, Seward & Related Families, this time to record the Kl”nne
(Kloenne) and Luy ancestry of his maternal grandmother, Maria
Christina Kloenne Rugh (1853-1936) and in so doing, to correct the
errors regarding them in the prior editions.
Mr. Seward would like for us
to be sure and tell you that if you are a library and would like a
copy of the book - at no charge - just write him with a request on
library letterhead. Write George C. Seward, 48 Greenacres Ave.,
Scarsdale, NY 10583. (That's how The Odom Library received its own
copy!) Otherwise, the softbound book is $34.50 from the same
This book is fascinating
reading whether you are related to this family or not! It's
meticulously researched and documented, with indices and family
charts. It is a textbook on how such books should be written.
What's in a name? Rajtar?
Some surnames are easier to figure out than others. It's pretty
straightforward if our name is Tailor, for example, to figure that
your family made clothes. A "Glover" probably comes from a family
who made gloves. A "Smith" comes from a line of blacksmiths, a
"Hunter" hunted, a "Fletcher" put the feathers on arrows, a "Bowman"
made bows or fought with them, a "Cook"...er, cooked, etc.
But what if your name is "Rajtar?"
There's a fascinating article
about this surname in the Central Florida Genealogical Society
newsletter, Buried Treasures, written by Steve Rajtar. If you would
like a copy of the complete article, please send a SASE with TWO
stamps to us and ask for it.
The concluding paragraph says:
"What's in a name? Rajtar. A 'Rajtar' is a cavalryman who wore
relatively heavy armor for his day (peaking in importance during the
1600s), who may have also engaged in plundering and pilfering. The
Swedes, led by King Gustavus Adolphus during this period, had some
of the best cavalry, so the Rajtars/Reiters (German spelling) of the
entire region copied their mode of dress and battle, and even
soldiers from other countries were referred to with adjectives that
implied that they were Swedish, if not in nationality then at least
in appearance and behavior."
All of this enforces the old
genealogical saying, "If at first it is simple and easy...go back
and check everything as you have made a mistake!"
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