Spanish College Of Arms & Update On Registering Arms In Spain .
Q: found a website on the Spanish College of Arms at: http://www.spanisharmorial.com/. Does anyone know about this group? According to their website: "The Spanish College of Arms assists individuals who wish to establish new arms in Spain by executing a notarial act, and registering the Coat of Arms in the appropriate registers. All the arms registered with us will be included in the Imperial Spanish Armorial Collection. . . . . The notary registration is issued by a registered notary of the Kingdom of Spain. It is a valid and legal document that entitles the owner to have rights on a Coat of Arms, and it is valid as relevancy deed for the appliccant and his descendants ad infinitum, developing historical rights that are transmissible". Given that there are no qualified/eligible Cronistas left to certify arms, are such notarized arms valid under Spanish law? Is the registration process now similar to what exists in France today (see below)? "The most highly respected French heraldic association, the Soci?(C)t?(C) Fran??aise d'H?(C)raldique et de Sigillographie (French Heraldry and Sigillography Society), advises that the best way to establish a date certain for newly devised arms is to go to a notary's office and execute a legal document before witnesses asserting claim to the arms. The notary will retain a copy of the document for his official archives, which are then regularly transferred to the archives of the department (one of France's geographic and administrative subdivisions) is which his office is located. The notary will charge a fee for preparing, witnessing, and filing the document, generally around 200-250?,? according to the website of the French heraldic artist Laurent Granier". (Courtesy of the American Heraldry Society: http://www.heraldrysociety.us/ForeignRegistration/index.php?page=regi...).
A: -This is just a private registration scheme, which apparently is attempting to generate business with a misleadingly official (or at least corporate) title. The registrant of the site is one Luis Fernando Castro, of La Coruna (Galicia, Spain); the