Heritage Shield Project
Research your last name
Look up your last name and read the history using the following site. Take note of any symbols. I loaded mine as an example. In the top left corner simply type in your last name. Leave the first name blank.
Heraldry symbols, colors, and lines
As you noticed, shields and coat of arms use various heraldry symbols and designs to represent different meaning meaning. Check out the following sites for symbols and their meanings. Pay attention to what the different colors represent. Notice how differing lines can alter meaning. Use your journal to take notes or drawings.
Check out the pictures for more ideas.