Whoa, Nelly. What a day. I had an audit that took the better part of the day. It went well, but it still causes a little stress in the prep for it. I am a bit tired.
I got home early from my choir rehearsal tonight which was really nice. I got to play around for a while on my genealogical search. So far, I have traced the British side of my family to 1760, which is pretty cool. I am finding that the family name is actually one of the oldest families in England with the name actually being found in Templar Records as early as 1066! I am totally surprised and see that there will be lots to uncover in my search. I have quite a history to put together! It turns out that the family name figures prominently in Lancashire, (Lancaster) which was one of the two Houses in the War of the Roses. Here is the Rose of Lancaster, which is red. The House of York is white.
The ironic thing is, that within the past year, my dear friend got me hooked on English history. The Plantagenet, Tudors, and the War of the Roses. I have been totally enthralled by it. It is amazing how political everything was around the royal courts and throughout Europe. It was only recently that I learned that the daughter of Queen Isabella of Spain (who funded Christopher Columbus' expedition) was the mother of the first wife of King Henry VIII.
My genealogical search has been so fascinating. I had to upgrade my software recently and received a 90 free trial with Ancestry. They have upgraded their system so much and have made it so much easier than when I started about 10 years ago, when nothing was cataloged. Back then I literally had to spend hours going page by page through census records. So if you are curious about your own family's history, Ancestry.com is fabulous. Also, your local LDS Family History Center can be a treasure trove of information.