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About Alona Tester


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Alona Tester has written 691 articles so far, you can find them below.


FamilySearch Discontinues Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

After almost reaching the wonderful age of 30, FamilySearch has decided to say goodbye to its genealogy software program Personal Ancestral File (aka PAF).

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Free Access to Irish BDM Records from findmypast

To mark the anniversary of the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland on June 30, 1922 findmypast (which includes England, Ireland, US and Australia) are giving you FREE access to their Irish Birth, Death & Marriage records from Thursday 27 June through until Sunday 30 June …

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Citing Sources, Women Ancestors, Military and English Research

With the team at Unlock the Past back from their trips from earlier this year, it means there has been a degree of normality returning to life which has enabled a few new books to be released. New titles cover Citing your sources, researching women Ancestors, British and Australian military and English research.

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Crowdsourcing for the Retake Melbourne Project

Let me introduce you to the “Retake Melbourne” project. The State Library of Victoria has a vast collection of old photographs of Melbourne, one collection in particular is that from immigrant Australian photographer Mark Strizic who tooks over 5000 images. Using these images the idea is to re-photograph Melbourne.

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RootsMagic 6: Places and Mapping [VIDEO]

When you’re wanting to learn more about your new genealogy program don’t forget to check out YouTube, as there are a who heap of tutorial videos online. And here’s one for RootsMagic 6 showing you how to use their places and mapping fatures.

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Order Your Queensland BDM Certificates Online

More good news for Aussie genealogists – as a sign of another organisation moving with the times, the Queensland Registrar now gives you the option of buying a copy of the printed certificate which gets mailed out to you OR you can order a digital copy which you can then download instantly.

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New South Wales 1800-1952 Will Books to be Digitised

The big new that hit the genealogy world today was findmypast.com.au are working together with State Records NSW and as a result we will see New South Wales Will Books online later this year. Anything that provides easier access to Australian wills will be more than welcome.

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How to Organise Your Genealogy: That’s the Big Question!

I work in a genealogy store, and there is one question that customers ask fairly regularly is “how should I organise my genealogy?” It is a good question, a very important one, but unfortunately the answer is not that simple.

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2013 South Australian History Fund Grants Are Now Open

The South Australian History Fund Grants provides funding for small history projects, publications and research projects. Get your group together and make sure you get your applications in by Monday 22 July 2013.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – May 2013

My list of Inspiring Blogs that I read during May is a tad late, but better late than never, as there’s a heap of great reading in this lot. This time we have everything from why you should blog to find your ancestors, to lessons Gen Y can teach you, to how to organise your genealogy, and even one on etiquette. So quite a range!

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WikiNorthia: Documenting Melbourne’s North

After asking our staff who knew about WikiNorthia, and getting a unanimous “no”, I’ve decided that this site needs to get more attention than it does. So let me introduce you to it. Firstly WikiNorthia is a website (a wiki in this case) that is all about documenting life, history (and the present) of everything to to do with Melbourne’s north.

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Highlight: The South Australian Company

Anyone who can trace their history right back to South Australia’s beginnings will have heard about the ‘South Australian Company’. This book (now on CD) tells you the history of this Company.

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Big Things Happening at MyHeritage

Over the past couple of months we’ve seen some BIG, BIG announcements from MyHeritage, one of the big players in the genealogy field. Let me tell you more about them …

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