Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective; by Frederick George Siler; 2017; 163 pp; 8.5x11; paperback; ISBN: 978-1-62859-167-5 Item #: FR0701.
This volume deals with the Germanic heraldry of families whose name was one of the most common in Germany - that of Wagner. The Wagner surname was first found in the old Duchy of Saxony which existed from 804 to 1296. Its lands included what are now the modern German states of Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, and Saxony-Anhalt. The name is now well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in other German-speaking countries.
Because the Wagner surname has become widespread, not only in German-speaking lands but throughout central and eastern Europe many different spellings, have arisen over the centuries. In English and other European languages, including Yiddish and Dutch, the name is also spelled Wegener, Wagnor, Wagener, Waggoner, Wagoner, Waegener, Wagner, Wagonner, Wegner, Waganer, Waggener, Wagen, Weagener, Wagnerin, Wahner, Wahnerr, Wehner, Vegener, Vagner, Vegner, and many more.
German heraldry is unlike British heraldry where a coat-of-arms is associated with one person. Siler's book includes arms that originated as house marks, guild marks, and burgher arms that have been used by families for centuries. Also included are noble armorial bearings that have been granted to the children of an individual and have been passed down through descendants.
It should be noted that the volume is heavily footnoted, allowing the researcher to locate and examine the original source materials from which the author drew his information. An amazing place index is found at the rear of the book, allowing genealogists to often associate a specific place with Wagner families. It is the author's belief that there is often a coat of arms that may be associated with one's European ancestor. It may not be that of a direct ancestor or that of ones ancestral family, but it could well be linked, if only by the proximity of geographical location.
This one-of-a-kind book is the first in a series exploring the heraldry and genealogy of common German surnames with a focus on the English-speaking family historian who seeks another fresh approach to their research. This is not another book about how to trace your German ancestors or a reprint of readily available information from old sources. Most family historians will concede that the research process begins to become more tedious when we attempt to deal with European historical locations and records written in a foreign language. Armed with this book, you will start to overcome barriers of language and shifting state boundaries. Learn how the following components can enhance the story of your Wagner ancestors. Included in this particular volume are:
The following is from the Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 - Synthesizing Heraldry and Genealogy for a Practical Research Tool
CHAPTER 2 - A Brief Introduction to German Heraldry
CHAPTER 3 - Heraldic Symbolism
CHAPTER 4 - An Introduction to the Wagner Surname
CHAPTER 5 - Wagner Armorial Bearings: Defining the Elements
CHAPTER 6 - Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
CHAPTER 7 - Interpreting the Heraldry of Wagner
APPENDIX A - Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism
APPENDIX B - Online Genealogy Research by Location
APPENDIX C - Gallery of Wagner Coats-of-Arms
INDEX - Historical and Modern Geographical Locales