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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 714 articles so far, you can find them below.


Britain’s 1941 Census Substitute to be Digitised

The big news late last week that has the genealogy social media world a’buzz was the announcement from findmypast, who announced that they will be digitising the “1939 Register”, which gives details of 40 million English and Welsh during war time, and is the most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census.

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Help! My Digger Disks Won’t Work on My New Computer!!

“Arrgh help! My Digger disks won’t work on my new computer.” This is something I’ve heard many, many times over the past few years. With Windows 7 the software changed, but the Digger disks were never updated to cope with this, or with Windows 8. While there have been some work-arounds, seriously, for most of them you’d need to be an IT technical engineer to get it up and running. At least until now …

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6th Unlock the Past Cruise with optional Conference on Norfolk Island

Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise is a short 3 day cruise out of Sydney and back, which is perfect for those who can’t take much time off of work, or those who simply want to see what a genealogy conference at sea is really like. This cruise allows you to dip your toes in so to speak. In addition to that the Unlock the Past team have organised a conference on Norfolk Island after the cruise.

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Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 Australia and New Zealand Edition

Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 is an updated and expanded version of their previous version for the Mac. This program is essentially a Mac copy of the Family Tree Maker 2014 PC version, and includes numerous new features including a new Family View that lets you control how you see your family tree and add or edit information while viewing extended family relationships.

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #2

After putting the call out for information on World War 1 Projects that people were doing, I posted the World War 1 Centenary Projects #1 post. But there were simply too many projects to include in a single post, so here is list #2.

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So You Want to Research and Write History?

As part of South Australia’s About Time history month, Unlock the Past are holding a seminar on Research and Writing History. There’s no doubt that for most of us writing doesn’t come naturally, so this seminar will provide you with practical information and guidance to use in your current or future projects.

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ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is Back for 2014!

This is the fourth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued the Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge. So do you have a story to share about an ANZAC? Stories they’d like to hear about could be about their sacrifice, or the way it shaped or impacted on their family history. Or maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?

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The Master Genealogist Version 9 is Released!

The Master Genealogist (TMG) version 9 is now available! This major update includes a variety of great new features that focus on making data entry faster and easier.

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Highlight: London Labour and the London Poor

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of newspaper articles written by the great journalist Henry Mayhew between 1849 and 1850. A dozen years later, it had grown into the fullest picture we have of labourers in the greatest city of the nineteenth century.

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13 Things To Do On “Genealogy Day”

Did you know that there was such a thing as an official “Genealogy Day”? No? Well nor did I till I stumbled across it online, and what-do-you-know, it’s tomorrow, 8th March 2014!
Don’t believe me? Well, here you go … “Established in 1997 as part of Celebrate Your Name Week, Genealogy Day was created to inspire an interest on one’s family history.”

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On This Day … 5 March 1873

Today we’re taking a look at the New South Wales Police Gazette dated 5 March 1873 – that’s 141 years ago today! And I’ve chosen a few articles to highlight from it. Anyone who is familiar with the police gazettes will know the amazing collection of articles/events that are mentioned throughout each issue – much of which you won’t find reported elsewhere, so my hard part is choosing what to include from the 8 pages in this issue.

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RootsMagic App for Android Released

It’s been a little while coming, but the Android app for RootsMagic is now here, having been released a few days ago. So now all you Android-gadget-groupies can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go. RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your Android device! It’s fast, easy, and free!

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2014

I’m writing this as we say farewell to February and hello to March. With the busyness of the end of the year and the beginning of this one, my regular monthly Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts simply didn’t happen. Alas they were not forgotten, and I’m here to remedy that with you now. During that period I have read a number of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you.

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