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Liebhard Family Organization
Posted by: Dale J. J. Leppard Date: August 18, 2000 at 05:34:27
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What would you all think about forming an organization and/or newsletter for the descendents of Johann Adam Liebhard (1727) and Johann Georg Liebhard (1752) to coordinate research and possibly collect funds for research on their origin(s) in Germany? I am NOT able to do this myself. I am heavily involved in many other societies, organizations, Orders, etc. However, I would certainly be willing to supply material for publication and pay dues/fees. Any of you have the time and resources to tackle such a project? I have been a member of some organizations that successfully found their origins this way, as well as coordinating short-term "alliances" of descendents to share the financial burden of research in Germany. Both types of venture have been very successful. Any takers? As one of the benefits of such an organization, we could design and register a Corporate Arms for the family group. I have my own personal Arms as a grant from the Kingdom of Spain (my maternal lines include Noble Spanish and Italian ancestry), but for something like 200 dollars we could receive a grant of Corporate Arms from South Africa, which is one of the few countries that still makes grants of Arms (together with Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland and the Russian College of Heraldry (representing the Romanov dynasty)). There are fees associated with each country, as well as requirements and limitations. South Africa would be by far the cheapest; the others being as much as several thousand dollars. I could check if there is interest; Russia may actually be cheaper, and the Russian tradition of heraldry is very different...it may even be possible to receive a grant from them for the surname itself. Contrary to the repeated statement that Arms were granted to individuals rather than families, there were MANY countries of Europe where all legitimate male descendents (and the females until marriage) bore the same Arms. Anyway, that is a possible project for any such Liebhard organization. I hope that someone will pick up the torch on this idea. Dale


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