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Wax Seal

Postby Becky2016 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:36 pm

Hi. I am trying to find out about a branch of my family tree. I have found a website which includes a photograph of a document from the turn of the 19th century. It's a legal document that includes the signature and seal of one of my relatives. I've read that wax seals can be useful in genealogy but I can't see anything distinctive from the photograph. What kind of information might I be able to find out from the seal? I'm wondering if it's worth commissioning someone to look at the original document for me. Thanks

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Re: Wax Seal

Postby MayHam » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:57 pm

If it is his/her coat of arms, you might want to contact a government heraldry office.
Depending on where the author lived will determine which office to contact.
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Re: Wax Seal

Postby Becky2016 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:07 pm

Thanks. I just edited the post to include a picture. It's hard to make anything out, a coat of arms is very hard to see if there is one. The family was from the area around Saffron Walden in Essex as far as I know but I hit a brick wall with them and haven't got back earlier than 1740. Where would I need to go for more details? Thanks again
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Re: Wax Seal

Postby MayHam » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:50 pm

I see what you mean. That is difficult to see.

In this case, you would want to contact the College of Arms in London.
http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/contact-us

Their records go back to the earliest times.
They should be able to find out whether your ancestor was armorial.
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