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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 700 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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Cyndi’s List Needs Our Support, Please Help By Donating

One of the major genealogy websites that is available for researchers is to access Cyndi’s List. Used by thousands of people everyday, it the world’s biggest portal website. But did you realise that it is just a one-woman business? Running a website like this costs money, and Cyndi needs your support …

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Unlock the Past Heads to Scotland for Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Glasgow

Who Do you Think You Are? Live, the world’s biggest genealogy event, is heading to Scotland in August 2014, and Australia’s Unlock the Past team will be there too. Held over three days, 29-31 August 2014, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in true Who Do You Think You Are? Live fashion, this will be a mighty big event.

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BillionGraves Gives Away iPads

If you think you misread that title, no you didn’t. BillionGraves are indeed giving away iPads. But, (yes there is a but) you do have to work for it!

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

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