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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.


Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kerry Farmer

A professional genealogist, regular presenter, author, and course tutor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, as well as being involved with local her genealogy society Kerry Farmer is well-known in the Australian genealogy scene, and she has a wide range of knowledge on Australian genealogy, DNA and other topics.

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Genealogy Cruises, Something For Everyone

There’s been a lot of talk about genealogy cruises recently, but get ready for a whole heap more as Unlock the Past Cruises are ramping up their cruise schedule to three throughout 2014, and three or four in 2015, with plans for those in 2016 and later already underway.

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Learn With Genealogy Webinars in 2014

Webinars. They are slowly getting known, but I still think a lot of people don’t actually know what a Webinar is. In short, it in a seminar or presentation that you watch on your computer. You can watch it live at a specified time, or later through YouTube or a similar viewing program. In terms of genealogy think of them like video tutorials, and with the topics covered you could do almost all of your genealogy training online through watching webinars.

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6th Unlock the Past Cruise: Eastern Australia

For Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise, the team has decided on a 3 night cruise out of Sydney, which will be followed by a 5 day tour of Norfolk Island. You can find preliminary details are already to their website, with further details, and bookings due to open soon.

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Just How Popular is Genealogy?

If you were to ask 100 people if they have any interest in learning more about their ancestors, the vast majority of people would say ‘yes’. But ask it slightly differently, and you’re likely to get quite a different answer …

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R.I.P. Sue Bayley from S&N Genealogy

Gould Genealogy has a long association with S&N Genealogy, having been dealing with them for over 13 years. And Alan has met them on numerous occassions on his visits to England. So it is with sadness that we have heard the news of the passing of Sue Bayley, co-owner of the business.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kirsty Gray

Today we talk to Kirsty Gray. Kirsty is one of the English guest presenters who’ll be joining us for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise. She’s not only eager to meet other genealogists, but also to get some summer sun! And with her experience as professional genealogist and heir hunter, as well as a freelance author, speaker and more, Kirsty will be someone you’ll want to catch up with on the cruise.

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What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014?

With Family Tree Maker 2014 Ancestry.com have said “you spoke and we listened!” And as a result Family Tree Maker 2014 includes many new enhancements that users have requested. Many of the new features are listed below, together with a getting started video …

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The British Library Uploads a Million Images on Flickr

Created in 1973, the British Library is not only the national library of the UK, but it is now one of the largest libraries in the world. And they’ve now ventured on to Flickr, having just uploaded over a million images to the photo sharing website for “anyone to use, remix and repurpose”.

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RootsMagic Update 6.3.0.6 Available

RootsMagic is one of the leading genealogy software programs out there for the PC. Having released RootsMagic 6 just over a year ago, the team at RootsMagic continue to add and improve their program, and have just released another update for users of RootsMagic.

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

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Recording History With Historypin

Historypin is kind of like “Google Maps meets Pinterest” as it allows you to attach photos, stories and even movies to places. Use it to add your own images, or use it to search for an area you’re interested in, the choice is yours.

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‘Start Your Family Tree Week’ is Back and Starts on December 26th

You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.

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