There are the big National Genealogical Society conference announcements, then there are the news tidbits you pick up around the exhibit hall. Here are some of those:
Look for Genetree, the genetic genealogy-meets-social-networking Web site, to add Y-DNA testing to its mitochondrial DNA testing services in the not-too-distant future.
Arphax Publishing has put out the first three books (each covering one county) of its Texas Land Survey Maps series (another book will come out each week). You may find them extra helpful because Texas, a state-land state, didn’t follow the same survey methods you’re used to seeing in public-land states.
The new FamPros.com is kind of like eBay for genealogical research services: If you need someone to go to a courthouse or get a birth certificate for you, post a request. If you can provide the service, submit a bid. A rating system lets researchers rank how you did.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society has launched NewYorkAncestors.org, a portal to the organization’s Empire State resources. Spokesperson Tom Champoux says the group wants people to know resources cover more than just New England.
The Oregon-California Trails Association created Paper Trail (I love a good pun), a database of names and other information from thousands of 19th-century trail-related documents.
Irish researchers can find a helpful Irish Roots Cafe podcast at IrishRoots.com.
Next week, Ancestry.com and NARA will hold a press conference to announce a new, large-scale digitization partnership.