History and Culture

Matthew’s Lineage of Jesus

I have another page that explains how there are two genealogies for Jesus, depending on where you are reading in the Bible. So I wanted to follow up and provide the list of Jesus’ ancestors in each cast. Here is the list from Matthew 1:1, and you can click to see the one from Luke 3:23. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Genealogy of Jesus

genealogy of Jesus

Biblical genealogy of Jesus

Though some might argue that nothing in the Bible can be held as historically accurate, there is also no real proof to say that the characters and people within the Bible did not exist as historical figures either. So you may consider this an article of Bible history or Biblical myth, depending on your point of view.

If nothing else, this may show how a family tree can become convoluted over time depending on cultural and societal customs.

There are 2 main genealogies in the Bible for the ancestry of Jesus, and unfortunately they are not the same. They are found in the gospel of Luke (Luke 3:23-38) and Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16). Both links lead to another page that has each genealogy listed out. Though they both lead back to King David, the two different lines have inspired much research and theorizing. Though there are many theories as to why Luke and Matthew did not record Jesus’ lineage the same, there are a few of them that are better known (and more accepted) than others. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Reading Medieval Handwriting

reading medieval handwriting

Example of medieval handwriting

Finding very old hand-written documents is one of the highlights in genealogy, but if you can’t read Medieval handwriting, you might be up against a wall.

This means any English writing between the 1500s and 1800s, though the specific styles will vary by era and region. The point is that Medieval handwriting can be very hard to transcribe until you learn some more of the script.

The best way to understand how letters were written during the Medieval period is by examining some properly transcribed examples. There are several websites that have some great photos and examples that can help you out.


17 Dec 2012

Heraldry and Coats of Arms

I will admit that this topic was much more complex that I had expected when I first started reading up on the subject. So this article will just be an introduction to the history, meaning and use of coats of arms.

coats of arms and heraldry in British genealogy

Are there coats of arms in your family tree?

The first thing I need to point out, is that coats of arms are NOT associated with a family or a surname. Anyone offering to find your family’s crest or coat of arms (for a price, of course) is not a legitimate service. Coats of arms were handed down through the male line of a family, but with changes and modifications with each generation. First and foremost, each coat of arms represented one person, not the entire family line. So please don’t waste your time trying to track down or acquire your “family crest”. (more…)

16 Dec 2012