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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 698 articles so far, you can find them below.


National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand

I’m sure all of you know that August 2013 (yes, right now) is National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand. Anyway if this is news to you, never fear as there are still another two whole weeks of the month left to participate, and enjoy.

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FamilySearch Adds a Few More Million Records Online

The world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Noeline Kyle

Continuing our Speaker Profiles for Unlock the Past’s 4th History and Genealogy Cruise, and we have well-known author Noeline Kyle, who will be one of the guest speakers on the cruise. With knowledge on researching female ancestors, writing your family history and how to cite your sources …

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Trove Adds More Old Newspapers Online

While we all continue “Troving” (yes, that is now a word), and text correcting on the Trove newspapers website, the team who digitise the newspapers for the NLA have been working hard, and have a huge batch of new newspaper titles most of which are online already, with a few to follow shortly.

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Highlight: Extracts from Portsmouth Records

The city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England has such a long and important history, in that is is one of the significant naval port for centuries. This book of ‘Extracts from Portsmouth Records’ was published in 1891, and contains fascinating primary source information from the Portsmouth area at this time.

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Follow Up to “Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?”

A few weeks ago I did a post titled “Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?”, as there are a number that are being planned to make the Centenary. Our good friends at Inside History Magazine have created the WorldWarOneLink website this is designed to be a central place to list (and look for) WW1 Projects that are being undertaken. Though not yet live …

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Canada 1921 Census is Now Online!

This BIG, BIG genealogy news that’s making it’s way through the grapevine today, is that Ancestry.ca have just (only a few hours ago) uploaded the images for the Canadian 1921 Census. So if you’re like me have one ancestor who went to Canada, while the rest stayed in England, or emigrated to Australia, this could well be useful to you.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Margaret Doherty

For our next Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile we chat to Marg Doherty, who is the President of the Genealogical Society of Queensland, and also of History Queensland. Marg started doing her family history back in the 1980s BC (before computers), and now that she’s retired, family history is a dominant part of her life. But when you’re president of two big organisations, it’s going to be isn’t it!

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Win a Scanner During National Family History Month

To celebrate Australia’s National Family History Month, Kaiser Baas has partnered together with us at Gould Genealogy & History to offer you the chance to WIN one of three Kaiser Baas WiFi Photo and Document Scanners. Valued at $199.95 this scanner is lightweight, portable, and super-easy to use.

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The Archive Digital Books Australasia Birthday Sale

August is going to be a BIG month. Why you ask? Well you already know that August is Australia’s National Family History Month, but apart from that it is Archive Digital Books Australasia’s birthday. That’s right. Archive Digital Books Australasia turns the big “one-oh” … that’s right they turn 10 in August, and they are having a big Birthday Sale.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Lesley Silvester

For Lesley genealogy started (as it does with most of us), as a hobby. But it didn’t take long until the fascination grew, and she made it into her business. Now Lesley runs Time Trackers with her husband Mike Murray (who is also a guest presenter on the cruise).

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RootsMagic Update (6.3.0.0) Adds in ‘Problem Alerts’

The makers of RootsMagic recently released a new update for RootsMagic 6 users, version 6.3.0.0. This update adds a fabulous new feature and includes a fix for a problem some people had with FamilySearch Family Tree.

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Ancestry Offer Free Access to the 1911 English and Welsh Census

Census and Free are two words genealogists love to hear. And both Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com.au are offering you free access to the English and Welsh 1911 Census for a limited time, but rather than their usual weekend or week long offer, this is actually FREE until the 14th October 2013.

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