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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 698 articles so far, you can find them below.


Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

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Ancestry’s MyCanvas Finds a New Home

Back in June 2014 Ancestry announced the closure of a number of related sites, one of those being MyCanvas. Now some good news for MyCanvas users is that it is sticking around as Alexander’s who are the printers of the photo books have now taken over MyCanvas.

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Join the Genealogy World Photo Day Challenge 2014

“Bring out your smartphone cameras and dust-off your digital point-and-shoot! It’s time for the Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photo Day 2014.” That is the challenge that was issued by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator blog.

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TMG to be Discontinued! What Should I Do?

Wholly Genes, the developers of The Master Genealogist (TMG), announced in late July 2014 that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist. A number of people have since written asking what they should do.

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South Australian Passenger Lists 1840s-1890s Now Online

Findmypast have had their Passenger Lists Leaving the UK 1890-1960 online for quite some time now, but their brand new release of over 150,000 South Australian passenger lists records covers the years 1847-1886, filling in that very important gap of when so many emigrated.

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MyHeritage Celebrates National Family History Month

August is here, and that means that the Australian and New Zealand genealogy worlds are celebrating National Family History Month. With events held around Australia and New Zealand there’s plenty going on. And it’s great to see that MyHeritage, one of the big, big names in the genealogy industry helping us celebrate.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July 2014

In this July edition of Inspiring Blogs we cover everything from genealogy-related activities to do in Summer, books every genealogy library should have, name variants, copyright on microfilm, querying goals vs strategies, killing off your ancestors and a bunch more.

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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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