coats of arms from Victoria County History

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Are the coats of arms in British History Online (from the Victoria County History series) available to use on wikitree pages? And/or are there other sources for coats to add to wikitree pages?
in Genealogy Help by Monica Edmunds G2G6 Mach 2 (28.8k points)

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If you look at the top of each of the chapter pages of the VCH volumes on BHO they say 'All Rights Reserved', so my non-lawyer starting point would be that they are not free of copyright. Some of the VCH volumes are quite old now so I don't know what intellectual property BHO has in those if they are outside the copyright period - they haven't just scanned the works, after all. They have a page setting out their citation rules, with an address for permissions for image use: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/using-bho

Are any of the relevant volumes on archive.org?

I sometimes use the website Drawshield.net to reproduce the shield from the written blazon, although it doesn't reproduce the crest.
by Suzanne Doig G2G6 Mach 2 (29.5k points)
Further sources of images - it's worth looking at the published Visitations for the county the person lived in, which are now out of copyright. Not all of the published Visitations have drawings of the arms, but some of them do. The Visitations date to the 1500s or 1600s, but you should be able to tell from your VCH references if the arms are the same as the ones you are interested in. There is a list of the Visitations that can be found online at:

http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/sources/visitations.shtml
Thanks, Suzanne!

If I save the image as a screen shot, can I cut out the image and make an image for the wikipage? The whole visitation pedigree would be useful to have, in fact, not just the coat. I'm not very tech savvy :(
Yes, you could just take a screenshot from the web version of the Visitations. If you’re using a recent version of Windows, I find the Snipping Tool app much easier to use than the traditional screenshot process.

That’s a good idea to snip the whole pedigree and add it - in fact I’ve just done that for one of my families (Planckney-2).

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