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Some of the genealogy news bits we rounded up this week:
- The Genealogy Guys will record their podcast before a live audience at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference. The audience will get to submit questions for possible inclusion in the podcast. The conference is Sept. 2 to 5 in Little Rock, Ark.; the podcast recording is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Look for location information at the conference.
- Geni is offering a free two-week trial of its Geni Pro premium service, which includes more stats, matches and member collaboration than the free basic service. (Geni Pro subscriptions are normally $4.95 per month.)
- Ancestry.coms subscription-based Canadian site, Ancestry.ca, has added French Deaths by Guillotine 1792-1796, with 13,000 names of French citizens executed during the Reign of Terror. The names come from a book written in 1796 by a French journalist.
- ProQuest, the creator of the HeritageQuest genealogy service, ProQuest Historical Newspapers and other databases for libraries, is working on a new search platform thatll make I easier to find information related to your genealogy search. Expected launch is 2010.
The company is also adding Bostons Jewish Advocate (1905 to 1990), Philadelphias Jewish Exponent (1887 to 1990) and the Detroit Free Press to Proquest Historical Newspapers.
- The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), which is building a huge database of DNA results linked to individuals family trees, is moving a set of its 100,000 archived DNA samples to room temperature storage with a technology based on organisms ability to survive in a dehydrated state. Other copies of each sample will remain in cold storage.