David Appleton

1014 Georgeland Drive
Duncanville, Texas 75116

Phone: (214) 354-7555

Email: davidbappleton@att.net
URL: www.appletonstudios.com

Contact between 9:00 am to 10:00 pm US Central


Please see the section on Lectures for descriptions of presentations.

Some books and articles published:

Camels In Heraldry
The Gore Roll: An Early American Roll of Arms
The Boke of St. Albans: A Modern English Rendition of a Medieval Heraldic Treatise
Quoted in New Kensington post office seal's origin remains a mystery by Emily Balser, Valley News Dispatch, Western Pennsylvania, August 9, 2014
Regarding the Dummer family arms, The Heraldry Gazette, New Series 132, June 2014
Symbols That Represent the United States of America in Heraldry, The Armiger's News, A Quarterly Journal for Members of the American College of Heraldry, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, Summer 2014
Prospects at the Dawn of the Third Millennium: The Use of Computers in Heraldry; The Armiger's News, A Quarterly Journal for Members of the American College of Heraldry, Vol. XXXV, No. 3, Summer 2013
Heraldry on the Digital Frontier, Proceedings of the XXX International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2012
The Black Shield of Falworth - revisited, The Heraldry Gazette, New Series 120, June 2011, p. 16
The Winslows: An American Family and Its Coat of Arms, Genealogica & Heraldica: Proceedings of the XXIX International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany, 2010
A Brief Introduction to Heraldry, Retread, Newsletter of the Creative Retirement Special Interest Group of American Mensa, Inc., Issue No. 123 (Nov/Dec 2008)
Blaisdell Coat of Arms Discredited, The Blaisdell Papers, Vol. 15, No. 4 (December 2007), p. 304
On Heraldic Proper: a Response, Gonfanon, Newsletter of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer 2006, pp. 3-4
a guide for 'gentill men and honest persones': An Overview of the Heraldic Portions of a Fifteenth Century Treatise: The Boke of St. Albans; The Armiger's News, A Quarterly Journal for Members of the American College of Heraldry, Volume XXVII, Number 4 (Autumn 2005)
Islamic Heraldry: An Introduction, The Journal for Chivalric, Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, October 2004
Prospects at the Dawn of the Third Millennium: The Use of Computers in Heraldry; Proceedings of the XXIV International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, Besançon, France, 2000
The Turband: A Response; Coat of Arms (Journal of the Heraldry Society of England), Vol. XII, No. 184, Winter 1998


An Introduction to Heraldry for Genealogists
The title really says it all. Illustrating the connections between genealogy and heraldry, we demonstrate how heraldry can become “the genealogist's most colorful tool.” Included are the parts of an heraldic achievement and what clues they offer genealogical research, and methods of identifying coats of arms.

The Heralds' Visitations: An Often Overlooked Genealogical Resource
'No genealogist whose interests lie in sixteenth and seventeenth century England can afford to neglect visitation pedigrees. Used with discretion, they are an indispensable section of the genealogist's library.' (G.D. Squibb, Visitation Pedigrees and the Genealogist) Learn what the visitations were, what information they contain, and where to research them.

Finding Your New England Ancestors
Genealogical research in New England may sometimes appear easy, but it is also challenging, because relevant records can be held in so many different places. We present an overview of many of the resources available and where to find them.

One Approach to Publishing Your Family History
A lot has been said about writing your family history, but starting such a task can seem overwhelming. Here's one practical approach that has been successful, along with some of the practical matters you may need to know.

In Their Footsteps: The Genealogical Tourist
What is “genealogical tourism?” What are its benefits; what are its challenges? What can you get from walking in your ancestors' footsteps? How do you prepare for, and successfully complete, a genealogical road trip? Here are some practical tips for planning and performing a trip to walk in their footsteps.

The Westford Knight: Heraldic Evidence of Pre-Columbian Scottish Explorers in America?
In Westford, Massachusetts, next to a monument to Prince Henry Sinclair of Orkney’s voyage to America in 1398, a stone ledge is said to bear an 'armorial effigy ... memorial' to a knight who died there. What’s the story of the 'Westford Knight?'

The Winslows: An American Family and Its Coat of Arms
When members of the Winslow family immigrated to America in 1620, they brought with them their coat of arms. We look at some of the individuals from this prominent American family and their use of their coat of arms through the years.

The Book of St. Albans: An Introduction
The Boke of St. Albans (1486) is the first English treatise on heraldry, and it had a direct influence on other heraldry books published more than a century later. We present a history of the Boke and its author, review its heraldic sections, and discuss its place in history.

Interpreting Blazon, the Language of Heraldry
'Or a bend engrailed gules.' Say what? Blazon, the language of heraldry, is a concise way of describing coats of arms without a picture. This presentation makes this technical jargon comprehensible to genealogists who may encounter it in their research.

The Gore Roll: An 18th Century American Roll of Arms
The Gore roll of arms is a unique record of individuals in colonial Massachusetts. We present the history of the roll, its authors’ place in Boston society, the coats of arms it contains, and other places those arms are found.

The United States of America: the Search for a National Coat of Arms
The coat of arms of the United States was one of several designs proposed as the young nation searched for a national emblem. We look at the evolution of those designs and present some of the current uses of the national arms, including entities which incorporate the U.S. arms into their own emblems.

Coats of Arms: Meanings and Myths
What do the colors and figures in heraldry mean? Is red really 'the blood of a martyr?' Does a unicorn represent 'purity?' Discover the real symbolism of the colors, variegated lines, and charges or symbols on a shield.

An Heraldic Workshop
This 'hands-on' workshop gives individuals the chance to research coats of arms and crests in their own family lines with the assistance and guidance of a knowledgeable herald, using printed and electronic armorials, ordinaries, heralds’ visitations records, and similar resources from the United States, Canada and Europe.

Speaking Conditions:

I can bring my own computer and digital projector, though I have no problem using other equipment if that is preferred.

Because many of them involve color, I usually print the handouts to my presentations. I can also make handouts available in .pdf format for those who prefer using digital versions.

I am happy to develop new presentations if you have a specific request for one.

As you can see in the Recent Engagements section, I am willing to travel!

Previous Engagements:

20th Annual South Davis Conference and Family History Fair, Woods Cross, UT, 2017
Cedar Hill Genealogical Society, Cedar Hill, TX, 2017
Williamson County Genealogical Society, Round Rock, TX, 2017
Webinar hosted by Ontario Genealogical Society, Canada, 2016
Daughters of the American Revolution, 2015
Virginia Beach Genealogy Society, 2014
XXXI International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, Oslo, Norway, 2014
Cedar Hill Genealogy Society, Cedar Hill, TX, 2014
Virginia Beach Genealogy Society, Virginia Beach, VA, 2013
Daughters of the American Revolution, Mesquite, TX and Plano, TX, 2013
Webinar hosted by Rootsonomy.com (now Genealogists.com), 2013
Grand Prairie Genealogical Society, Grand Prairie, TX, 2013
Society of Mayflower Descendants, Euless, TX, 2012
East Texas Genealogical Society, Tyler, TX, 2012
Rockwall County Genealogy Society, Rockwall, TX, 2012
XXX International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, The Netherlands, 2012
Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Plano, TX, 2012
Society of Colonial Wars and Colonial Dames XVII Century, Fort Worth, TX, 2012
Arlington Genealogy Society, Arlington, TX, 2012


David B. Appleton (B.S., History) is an internationally-known author and lecturer who has been researching and teaching about heraldry (and its utility for genealogists) for more than 30 years. This on-going interest has taken him all across the United States, Canada, and Europe to participate in and speak at conferences and symposia on the subject. He is a long-time member of the American Heraldry Society, the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, The Heraldry Society of England, The Heraldry Society of Scotland, the American College of Heraldry, and the International Association of Amateur Heralds. He regularly participates in a number of heraldry, lineage and genealogy-related on-line groups, and is a member of five lineage societies (the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Blaisdell Family National Association, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, The Winslow Society, and the American Rosie the Riveter Association). In addition to his illustrated lectures and presentations, he has written several books and numerous articles for a variety of publications on heraldry. You may also follow his on-line blog, 'Heraldry: Musings on an esoteric topic,' at: http://blog.appletonstudios.com

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