◄ [ https:// wiki.familysearch.org/en/The_Netherlands Netherlands Homepage] <br> Heraldry is the design, use, regulation, and recording of coats of arms [''wapens'']. Originally, coats of arms were granted to individuals, not families. However, sometimes the right to bear a coat of arms was inherited by the descendants of the person whom it was granted to.
Since 1581, when the Dutch people renounced Phillip II as their king, the Dutch have not had a monarch to grant coats of arms to deserving individuals. Coats of arms have been granted to Dutch nobles since 1815 by Royal Decree and registered by the High Court of Nobility. Since 1945 anyone may establish a coat of arms and have it registered with the Central Office for Genealogy, in ’s-Gravenhage.
*Vorsterman van Oyen, A. A. ''Stam– en Wapenboek van Aanzienlijke Nederlandsche Familien met Genealogische en Heraldische Aanteekeningen (Genealogical and Heraldic Book of Notable Families in the Netherlands).'' 3 vol. Groningen: J. B. Wolters, 1885–1890. (FHL book Q949.2 D24o; films 1181546 and 1181547 item 1.)
The Family History Library has collected many armorial and heraldry books. These are listed in the Place search of the
Family History Library Catalog under:
NETHERLANDS – HERALDRY
In addition, such families are often subjects of published genealogical books or articles. See the "[[Netherlands Genealogy|Genealogy]]" and "[[Netherlands Nobility|Nobility]]" sections for more information.