Ancestry.com. Warwickshire, England Visitations, 1619 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data: Fetherston, John, ed. The Publications of the Harleian Society Volume 12: The Visitation of the County of Warwick in the Year 1619. London, England: Mitchell and Hughes, 1877.
This database contains genealogies of some of the citizens of Warwickshire, England that were taken in the year 1619 for William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, by his deputies, Sampson Lennard, Blewmantle, and Augustine Vincent. Heralds (those in charge of controlling the use of coats of arms under the direction of the Crown) conducted visitations to record the use of arms. Part of this recording included recording the pedigrees of the families using coats of arms. Pedigrees were recorded because families had to prove their right to bear the arms by showing their connections back to the original bearers. Because coats of arms were passed down through the generations, armory, or heraldry, has much genealogical value. These visitations, therefore, are significant because they provide over 200 pedigree charts as well as several illustrations of coats of arms used by families in 17th century Warwick.
Some information taken from: Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1998, pp. 492-494.