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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 691 articles so far, you can find them below.


5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

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On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

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RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2014

July is here and during June I read a bunch of fascinating blog posts. Ones about marking cemeteries on Google maps, do you need a desktop genealogy program?, dust in archives, what was said to the census taker, and using Evernote for audio recordings, to mention just a few …

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Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.

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R.I.P. Diane Cummings

Last week saw the passing of another great name in the Australian genealogy world. Diane Cummings (generally known as Di), who was well-known around both South Australia and Victoria had been ill for some time, and passed away last Tuesday, 24th June 2014.

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Join FamilySearch for the Worldwide Indexing Day

Genealogists and historians owe so much to volunteer indexers all around the world. There’s no doubt that ALL of us have used indexes, While there are many indexing projects going on, at a local, state and country levels, this post is just about FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Day.

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History SA’s 2014 South Australian History Grants Are Now Open

Are you a involved with a South Australian genealogy group, historical society, museum, archive, or similar organisation? If so, this is for you. Applications for History SA’s annual South Australian History Fund grants has just opened for 2014.

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FamilySearch: One Billion and Counting

FamilySearch reached the billionaires club when it uploaded its one billionth digital image online this week. We can’t even fathom (or visualise) just how much 1 billion records is. Or even the work involved in getting all 1 billion records from an archive, to being digitised, to being online for us all to use. It takes multiple people to even get even one record online.

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Unlock the Past Cruises has a Genealogy Cruise for Everyone

Unlock the Past Cruises is a reasonably new player on the genealogy cruise scene having run their first cruise in 2011, but in that short time they have certainly made themselves known. Having run four successful cruises to date, they have now set up the their calendar of cruises for the next two years, and there really is something for everyone …

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What’s New in Legacy Family Tree Version 8 [VIDEO]

Legacy Family Tree is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading genealogy software programs. While it is an easy enough program to get started with, Legacy has oodles of features for those who wish to explore it further. Have a look at the video below …

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State Records of South Australia is on the Move!

The State Records of South Australia which is currently sharing a building with the National Archives of Australia in Leigh Street, Adelaide will going to be moving to the State Library of South Australia in August 2014. For more details on this and how it will affect their Gepps Cross Centre, as well as obtaining records, read on …

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