Some of you may know that, aside from being a history geek, I'm also a family history freak, except when I'm sick. I was casting about for something to do yesterday (aside from yard work and laundry), so I took up an offer for a 14-day free trial on Ancestry.com, where I have done research before. It usually turns into an obsession pretty quickly. I ended up doing nothing else yesterday, but spent all day and almost all night (*yawn*) following my father's family tree back and back and back and back and back...there was no end to the links!
I got all the way back like 974 and found that OH YES, WE ARE TOO ROYAL. See?
|My 33rd great grandfather, Hugh Capet, or Hugh "The Great", wondering who he has to beat with that stick to get someone to invent pizza.|
Also his son, Robert II Capet of France, aka The Pious or The Wise (I like both), my 32nd great grandfather:
|Gramps! I totally see a resemblance here, seriously.|
|Yep. I see it here, too...|
|Kidding aside...this is beautiful!|
In case you're not a history geek...Matilda married William the Bastard (man, some mistakes really stick, don't they?), aka William the Conqueror, which has a nicer ring to it, (or "Uncle Bill", as I will be calling him now), which makes him my 30th great grand uncle:
|Does this chain mail make me look fat?|
And then, all of that whole Norman Conquest/Battle of Hastings stuff happened, and we got the Bayeux Tapestry and a ton of crazy-interesting people to read about. If you haven't seen the tapestry, you should totally check it out right now. (Go:)
So--Where do I sign up? I'm pretty sure I should at least get a statue.
Meanwhile, I really need to get some yard work done!!
PS--Also, if you're bored...you should totally check out your family tree. Who knows what you could find?