New Database: Roll of Arms Registered by NEHGS, 1915-1945

Registration for the coat of arms for Catharine O’Brien issued in 1940 (Vol. 4, p. 294)

We are very happy to announce a new database today; Roll of Arms Registered by NEHGS, 1915-1945.

Founded in 1864, the Committee on Heraldry authenticates, preserves, and records coats of arms borne in the United States and by U.S. citizens living abroad. Published intermittently in the Register between 1928 and 1980, the Committee’s Roll of Arms includes illustrated shields presented for review by the Committee along with a description, associated family name, and name of submitter. Considering that many 17th-century immigrants to the New World bore arms, this is an important volume for anyone with early American ancestry.

This database provides images and an index to all the names the Roll of Arms Registered and Proved by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Each page includes a beautifully hand-illustrated coat of arms, and documents who received the coat of arms and the applicant to the committee. The data indexed includes residence, birth and spouse information where available. The database contains over 408 pages and 2,700 indexed names.

NEHGS published a book with information about the process and the coats of arms: A roll of arms registered by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society : parts 1-10 with additions and corrections and a history of the Committee on Heraldry may be viewed at our research library in Boston, call number CR1217.N4 N47 2013.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our interns: Michael Giannetti and Katie McCarver. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.