As I write this, we are just a few hours away from the end of the worst year of our lives, at least for a great many of us, with viruses and politicians having taken away a great many of our long cherished freedoms. But we have got this far, and all we can do is to keep on going the best that we can!
Many of us will sadly know someone who has passed away, not just from the
virus but from other circumstances, adding to the pain of the year. As
family historians, we try to work out how people lived their lives as
much as how they died, and to commemorate those who came before us. I hope that if you have lost someone that
those memories of a life well lived will always surface first.
With a vaccine against coronavirus now being deployed, it is hoped that by the middle of next year we can get back to some form of normality. Coronavirus will never go away, it is now part of the biological establishment, but it will hopefully soon become 'just another bug', and just another jag every year. I'm looking forward to speaking to family history societies again in person, visiting archives and libraries, and so much more - those days are finally drawing near again as we head towards the light of a new year.
Slàinte - agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!
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