Heritage is a wide ranging term and may refer to examples of inheritance, legacy, heredity, and kinship, which is the relationship between entities that share a genealogical origin.
So every aspect of the Metcalfe Society activities aim to identify, record and preserve the heritage value of all that is deemed Metcalfe - family history, heraldry, how and where people lived, worked and moved, their names such as Mecca, etc. As part of these activities, trends appear and repeat themselves to show the traits of various Metcalfes too - another less tangible way of recording and preserving the Metcalfe heritage. Therefore The Metcalfe Society is not just about helping people trace their family tree but is an important collector for the preservation of all that is Metcalfe.
As the celebrated UK TV programme 'Who Do You Think You Are' repeatedly illustrates, as a celebrity traces their family tree they see where they have come from and how many ancestors have left a legacy that influences their identify and what they do today. This is our heritage. It is part of all of us.