Couldn't help but notice that this board was empty. Should be in "Heraldry" (http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.heraldry/mb.ashx
) if you ask me.
Either way, here's a couple of things that I thought people might find useful:http://visual.ly/beginners-guide-understanding-coat-arms
<- Since these are visual, why not use an infographic? Takes you through each part of a crest and puts the whole thing togetherhttps://coadb.com/coats-of-arms-explained.html
<- great explanation of the overall basics for anybody's who gets stuck with all the terminology. Recommend you read this before jumping into any discussion related to crests and family genealogy. http://www.familytreesandcrests.com/heraldry-symbols.htm
<- goes into intense detail about what each and every colour and symbol in a crest represents. With this much detail, you could tell an entire story from reading one crest!