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Six Genealogy Myths to Avoid
Don't let these six common genealogy myths sidetrack your family history search.
Don't let your family history search get sidetracked by these common—but erroneous—genealogical beliefs.

1. You can buy your family crest.

Cups, mugs, wall hangings and other family crest doodads are available online everywhere. But “families” don’t have crests—rather, individuals do. Coats of arms must be granted, and to claim the right to arms, you must prove descent through a male line of someone to whom arms were granted.
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