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.
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.