Author Archives: Jim at JimsBBS

Ancestry.com lays off 6% of its workforce

Ancestry, the largest seller of at-home DNA tests for health and genealogy reports, is laying off about 100 people, approximately 6% of its total workforce. The cuts hit employees across the board, rather than focusing on a specific department, and included workers at all levels. The layoffs affected both its Utah and California offices.

Ancestry confirmed the layoffs and shared a copy of a blog post written by CEO and President Margo Georgiadis that will publish on Wednesday.

——

We just discussed 23andMe laying of 100 employees (14%) of it’s employees at our DNA discussion group today. Then this appears in my news feed. It is like “catching”, I guess.

Interesting Stats:

23andMe, 100 = 14% of 714 employees, leaving 614.

Ancestry, 100 = 6% of 1,666 employees, leaving 1,566.

—–

Who is next?


“Genealogist’s motto: they can hide, but they can’t run.”


Promethease reports are free through December

MyHeritage bought Promethease a few months ago. It is a site that provides reports from DNA data that you upload. MyHeritage bought them when MH decided to provide their own health reports.

Anyway, the regular Promethease reports were made to be free through 2019. They used to cost $10. If you have downloaded your autosomal DNA test data from any of the major sites, go to https://promethease.com and get your FREE reports.

California rolls out first statewide earthquake early warning system

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today (Thursday, Oct. 17) announced the debut of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system that will deliver alerts to people’s cellphones through an app developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

The mobile phone app, MyShake, can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake — enough time to drop, cover and hold on to prevent injury.

The app is available on both Apple and Android platforms. 

So why am I posting about this here?  Because I was one of the “citizen scientists” that helped beta test the app.  I have had it on my phone now for a couple of years and can assure you that it is safe.  The app gets input from phones’ motion sensors and now also delivers alerts from the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that utilizes data from seismic networks in California, Oregon and Washington. 

Read more about MyShake here.
Google it for user guidance.  But for sure, if you live in California, Oregon or Washington and have a smartphone, get it from your app store.

FamilySearch interview with Dayna airing this afternoon, 1-2pm on KSQD 90.7fm

This afternoon, June 29, from 1-2 pm, Daniel Spelce will air an interview with Dayna Jacobs on the Family Sparks Family History Radio Hour on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 fm on the radio dial, and ksqd.org streaming live on the internet. Click on the first tab on the home page, LISTEN. Then click LIVESTREAM. That’s live programming.

If you’re not able to listen to the live broadcast, click LISTEN, then AUDIO ARCHIVE. Look up “Family Sparks” for June 29, 1:00-2:00 pm. Then you can listen at your convenience.