Welcome to COADB – We are the world’s premier research and retail website for coats of arms (sometimes known as family crests) and all things related. We research surname histories, coat of arms, and genealogical lineage searches. Our goal is to identify every coat of arms that was ever issued but we still have lots of research to do to identify them all. As most coat of arms were not issued to family units and were issued to one person there could be multiple coat of arms for a single surname. Our goal with providing genealogy research is to not only assist our customers in finding their direct lineages but to also identify if an ancestor in their lineage held a coat of arms.