Eric, Hi! I'm glad to have a clarification of that address. I hated to mail my dues (which are now three months late!!!) to the wrong place.
As for that coat of arms, it's as legitimate as the old Holland Society could make it. They issued the same coat of arms to my great-grandfather and my grandfather. The rendering was made at: Campbell & Company Heraldry, est.
18?7, 79 Race Street, Charleston, South Carolina. (I believe the unreadable number on the date stamp is a five or an 8.)
Similar arms are issued to "Schuynmakers" in the ancient "Algameen Wapenboek Van he Konengryk Nederlanderen." The Clayton Genealogical Library here in Houston has one of the three copies existing, which is kept under lock and key. (!) One (I) must use it under strict supervision ever since someone tore out coat of arms.
You're right: The pre-Napoleanic Dutch could design their own coats of arms. Some of them were almost hilarious. I think our ancestors showed great restraint. The only thing forbidden by the Hoge Raad van Adel is the use of crowns or coronets by any except genuine nobility or royalty.
There is also a family "Schoenmakers" - who were shoemakers - but they have a coat of arms (not much like Kenneth's) that does not resemble ours. Our name, Schoonmaker, goes back to the 11th century. It implies goodness or beauty, but not shoes. <G> Our ancestors apparently came down the Rhine from the area (now) of Switzerland in the pursuit of salt refining and selling.
This gets interesting. I just don't want to find any fiends, horse thieves or lunatics.
Thy cousin Gretje
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