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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 701 articles so far, you can find them below.


#genchat continues in 2014

Genchat, the genealogy Twitter chat sessions (or as it is offically known, “#genchat”) has proved to be such a hit that they’re continuing in 2014. And not only that, but the ladies behind #genchat are so incredibly organised and have already have the dates and topics that will be covered during #genchat sessions in 2014.

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brightsolid Gets a Name Change

Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, US, Aus & Ire), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited may not be a name you’ve heard of. But the chances of you having used one or more of their sites is quite high, so this is news I thought I’d share. As of now brightsolid have now changed their name to “DC Thomson Family History”.

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Creating a Shareable CD with RootsMagic [VIDEO]

After spending years researching your family history, it is nice to be able to put it into a presentable form for other family to enjoy and appreciate, and creating a CD of your history is just one way to do that. RootsMagic is one of the genealogy software programs that will allow you to create a shareable CD.

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It’s Our 4th Blogiversary

Back on the 9th of October 2009, I wrote my first ever blog post. Tentative as I was, it opened up the world of blogging to me … and what can I say, now there’s simply not enough time to blog! On this our 4th blogiversary I just wanted to say a BIG thankyou …

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Speakers Announced for the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise

It was just over a week ago that we announced that the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise was open for bookings, and already there has been strong interest and bookings. Since then the organisers have been busy finalising the speakers for this cruise. Nine presenters from four countries (England, Scotland, the United States and Australia) make up the presenters team for the 5th cruise …

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Family Tree Tracker Magazine Hits the Shelves

There’s a new Australian genealogy magazine out, and it’s called “Family Tree Tracker”. With a format much like the UK genealogy magazines, in that it is a glossy magazine, with useful tips, some articles, and software reviews, it’s a good read.

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Biographical Database of Australia: Australia’s New Genealogy Resource

The latest BIG thing to hit the Aussie genealogy scene is the Biographical Database of Australia website. Already being referred to as BDA, this website is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists and historians and contractors. With over 500,000 records online already, with this number set to increase dramatically over the next year, this is a resource that you should be looking at.

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Queensland Genealogist, Judy Webster Revamps Her Website

Well-known Queensland professional genealogist, author, and speaker Judy Webster has been adding indexes and records to her website to make it a valuable resource for those particularly with Queensland connections. Now she’s totally revamped (and actually moved) her website, so be sure to bookmark it.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jill Ball

With a passion for genealogy and technology, and an enthusiam to share her knowledge with everyone, Jill Ball is most certainly an engaging speaker to learn from. As one of the leading Australian geneabloggers, Jill has been an inspiration for many, myself included.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August/September 2013

Welcome to another edition of “Inspiring Genealogy Blogs”, once again we have a real mix of topics, with everything from ethics, to ages in records, how to protect your photos from ageing, using Google Maps and Google Earth legally, artificial brick walls, the English and Welsh census and more …

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Australian Family Tree Connections – October 2013 Issue Out Now

The October 2013 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections has arrived, and as usual contains a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries, a New on the Net section which has a heap of websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise is Open for Booking!

The countdown is definitely on for those who are attending the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, but meanwhile plans for future cruises are well underway, with the Unlock the Past Cruise organisers advising that their 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is now open for bookings.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Scottish Civil Registration, London & Middlesex Research & NSW BDMs

The team at Unlock the Past have recently released three new titles in the last couple of weeks. These new ones cover everything from Scottish civil registration, to London and Middlesex research as well as using the New South Wales BDM index.

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