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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 645 articles so far, you can find them below.


Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Neil C. Smith

Our Cruise Speaker Profiles continue, and in this one we chat to Neil Smith. Well-known throughout the Australian military history scene, Neil was in the Australian Army for over 20 years, prior to becoming a military historian, author and presenter.

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Can You Help? #1

From time to time we are asked if we can help “spead the word” for people or groups who are doing a project and are after some futher information. And rather that just putting a little note on our Facebook page about it, I have decided to do it as a blog post so it gets a wider audience. So welcome to our first “Can You Help?” post.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Tiggy Johnson

For our sixth Cruise Speaker Profile we have a chat to Tiggy Johnson. The 4th Unlock the Past Cruise will be Tiggy’s first cruise, and she’s really looking forward to not only meeting with fellow genealogists and gaining knowledge to aid with her own research, but also introducing the idea of poetry to genealogists as a way of sharing your family history.

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Introducing Thomas MacEntee’s “Hack Genealogy”

Well-known US genealogist, author and speaker Thomas MacEntee has a knack for seeing a need for something, and coming up with a solution to fill that need. He did it with his GeneaBloggers website, and he’s done it again with his latest venture “Hack Genealogy”, which is described as a “new genealogy and technology resource” and “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy”.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Anne Daniels

Anne will be joining us all the way from England, and shall be bringing her unique talent of combining old family photographs and ephemera together with drawings to create a truly unique family heirloom. And it’s be the first time Unlock the Past have had their own artist onboard.

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A Quick Overview of Family Tree Maker 2012 [VIDEO]

If you want to know the basic in’s and out’s of Family Tree Maker 2012 before going ahead and buying it, you can check it out here. See what it looks like. What it can do. How it works … and so on. So have a seat, get comfy and spend 12 minutes watching this video to find out.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Mike Murray

Continuing our 4th Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profiles, let me introduce you to Mike Murray. Mike together with his wife Lesley run TimeTrackers, and they do research, education classes, publishing and film-making. With Mike’s primary role being the publishing and film-making.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 17 (Jul-Aug 2013) is Out Now

July had arrived and so has the latest issue of Inside History Magazine. When looking at this cover there are three things that grab me: the first being the image itself, it is simply stunning, the second is the heading “50 blogs you need to read” and the third is “Eureka Moments!” Intrigued? You should be.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Shauna Hicks

For our third ‘Cruise Speaker Profile’, we delve into the mind of Shauna Hicks. Shauna is well-known throughout the Australian archive, library and genealogy industries, and she’s a regular speaker at genealogy events around the country (including genealogy cruises) who never fails to inspire those who attend her talks.

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Who Do You Think You Are? UK Season 10

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the UK series that started the worldwide phenomenon which started back in 2004 has already seen 9 seasons aired, and attracts approximately 6 million vewiers in the UK per episode. Impressive isn’t it! So viewers will be pleased to know that Season 10 of UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? is almost here.

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Shamrock in the Bush 2013: Celebrating Irish Heritage in Australia

“Shamrock in the Bush” is a weekend with a difference. Now in its 21st year, this is a gathering for those with a love of history and culture which is unashamedly (although not exclusively), Irish in flavour!

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Rosemary Kopittke

Yesterday I started a series of Profiles on each of the speakers on Unlock the Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise. Today I am continuing on, and here we learn more about Rosemary Kopittke.

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Easier Access to South Australian Court Records

Until now accessing South Australian court records has not been an easy task, as you needed to go to the Supreme Court itself in Victoria Square, Adelaide. Now thanks to the efforts of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives Inc., access to many records held by the South Australian Supreme Court is now easier …

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