British Ancestry
Canada

Question:

My name is Daniel Janes, My father John Valle Janes Jr. recently passed away. At the time of my father's death I was given a full coat of arms by mother, and it was given to him by his mother at the time of his father's death.

I am attaching a picture of the arms. I am seeking information on how I can learn the meanings depicted through it and how it relates to my ancestry.

Answer:

I have in fact carried out a little research on the pictures that you sent with your e-mail and discover what I suspected, that you have a decorative plaque, or perhaps a badge for attachment to a car, which is based upon the ancient arms of the Dominion of Canada before the formal granting of arms to Canada.

You should be able to find, in the Public Library, A.C. Fox-Davies's Book of Public Arms and other works on international coats of arms which will give you the variations on the arms of Canada. It is not uncommon for families to have national coats of arms believeing that they belong to some ancestor. As to your ancestry, see previous answers: always send me names, dates, realtionships, occupations, and other vital information if you wish for further advice.

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