February 2020

RootsTech News: Ancestry.com App Has Great New Map Feature

If you are a genealogist you know that one of the biggest conferences of the year is happening right now in Salt Lake City.  While I was unable to attend in person, multiple sessions are live-streamed allowing us to watch sessions from home.  One of my favorite speakers, Crista Cowan, just finished a session on what’s new at Ancestry.com and as always I am excited about some of the updates to the site and app. The one I want to share right now is the mapping feature on your family tree in the Ancestry app.

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Spanish Influenza Provides Lessons for Coronavirus

For more than twenty years I worked on national security policy with a decided emphasis on diseases and natural disasters. Even with my shift into genealogy in 2014, I can’t resist following the news of the novel Coronavirus.  I am constantly looking for the signposts of pandemic and following information from health officials I trust.  Named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus outbreak began in December 2019 and so far, the virus has followed a somewhat traditional path of ebb and flow of transmission; it has not yet reached pandemic proportions, even with multiple outbreaks in countries across the globe. 

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