Month: March 2020

Creative Endeavors: Part One

Hello to all of my cousins! I hope you are sheltering-in-place and taking the advice of our senior health advisers. We are about nine days behind Italy in the progress of the pandemic and need to do all we can to limit exposure in order to save lives and not over-whelm our hospitals. I have many friends in Northern Italy and receive information from them on a daily basis. The situation is still very dire with no end in site. The United States will follow in Italy’s footsteps unless we heed the call to stay at home and practice social distancing.

I’ve stayed in my home for the past week and expect to be here for at least another month. Our state, like so many others, is now in lock-down. You are most likely in the same situation. So let’s make the best of this surreal, uncertain time and lift our spirits. I propose we start sharing family stories, offering creative ideas for passing the time, recommending a favorite book or posting a cherished family photograph. Are you with me?

Let’s call this blog series: “Creative Endeavors”. Every few days I will share an idea, photo, recommendation or story on our blog. Then you can share your own ideas, photographs, etc. in the comments section below the blog post. In that way, everyone joins in the conversation!

Since I am an avid reader, I’ll begin “Creative Endeavors” with a book recommendation. Actually it’s several books called “The Forensic Genealogist Series”. If your reading niche is mysteries and history, you’ll love this series of eight books by British author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. And being passionate about family research, I find the genealogy theme an extra bonus!

All of Nathan’s books are listed in our online Family Bookstore, along with many new titles that have just been added. Visit and browse our bookstore at: https://genettifamily.com/shop/ 

What is your favorite book recommendation? Why are you recommending it? Should we include it in our Family Bookstore? Leave a comment below and let’s begin the conversation!

If you have suggestions for the Creative Endeavors series, leave a comment below or send me a message through our Contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!

Our International Family

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The current spread of the coronavirus has everyone on edge! Trips are being canceled, quarantines have been put in place and safe health recommendations are now the norm.

Our cousins and friends in Trentino-Alto Adige live in an area with many confirmed cases, but no confirmed deaths at this point. Although not in “The Red Zone”, (Veneto to the east and Lombardy to the west) they are facing many restrictions to daily life. As of yesterday, a quarter of Italy’s population has been put under mandatory quarantine in an effort to slow and contain the virus. Schools are closed, travel suspended and people are telecommuting from home.

To our extended family and many friends in Italy, we are thinking of you! Your American cousins hold you in our hearts and hope that all will come through this pandemic safe and in good health.

Invio di abbracci ai nostri cugini (sending hugs to our cousins).

For more current news from Italy, please click the following links:

Map: How the coronavirus has spread across regions of Italy

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Italian hospitals short of beds as coronavirus death toll jumps (The Guardian)

Coronavirus: Italy death toll soars amid travel ban

Corona Virus emergency: tour operators in the Val di Non stop activities