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About Alona Tester


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Alona Tester has written 691 articles so far, you can find them below.


19 Million UK WWI Service Records on FamilySearch

This week FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records to their collection on online data. Notable collection updates include over 19 million images from the new UK WWI Service Records 1914-20 collection, 2 million index records from the US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, nearly a million NY passenger & crew lists …

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New Version of Software for the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Released

The team from Flip-Pal attended the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City last week, and during the 3 day event they not only launched the brand new Flip-Pal software, but also demonstrated the benefits of using the brand new software and the Flip-Pal Toolbox.

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The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on Again

With the beginning on April only a day away, it also means that ANZAC Day is coming soon. This is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict. Seonaid from the Auckland Libraries has put the word out that they’re holding the ANZAC Day Blog […]

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Meeting the Suppliers at RootsTech 2013

RootsTech, is not only the the world’s largest genealogy-tech related conference, but it is also now officially the largest genie conference in the US with the latest figures quoting around 6800 people who were registered (which doesn’t include the 1700 12-17 year olds who came on Saturday). RootsTech was held over three days last week […]

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RootsTech 2013

One of the mega genealogy events of the year is about to kick off later this week, and that is RootsTech. Held over three days (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), this event is the second largest genealogy event in the world, with currently over 5000 people registered to attend. So why am I bothering to tell you about an event that on in the other side of the world?

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 5 Starts in April 2013

For all of you who have been hanging out for the new Australian season of Who Do You Think You Are?, the wait is nearly over. We’ve had the UK ones airing recently, along with reruns of previous Australian ones, but “after Easter” is when Season 5 is scheduled to air. By that SBS means …

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Highlight: London Life in the 18th Century

This book on CD gives a great insight into how people lived in London in the 1700′s and one which later historians have often consulted as a reference in their own works. It covers just about every conceivable subject including life and death, housing and growth, immigrants and emigrants, people and trades, parish children and the uncertainties of life, plus much, much more.

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14th Australasian Congress 2015 Calls for Speakers

The 14th Congress is being held in Canberra on the 26-30 March 2015 and the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra are playing hosts and organisers. Even though it is 2 years away their organising Committee are already hard at work planning, and have recently put the call out for speakers. So if you would be interested in being a presenter at Congress, read the details.

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A Must for Every Irish Researcher’s Bookshelf

The Irish Family and Local History Handbook is one of those books that if you are researching Irish family history, you simply need to have. And no, I’m not saying that to try and sell more books, I don’t like people that do that, I am simply stating that it is the type of book that you will continually refer to.

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2.5 Million New British Criminal Records Go Online

The latest BIG addition to Findmypast is 2.5 million British criminal records which are now online for the first time ever! This collection of historical “Crime, Prisons & Punishment records” is simply amazing, and will give you information that you will not find elsewhere. And now that they are online can you imagine just how many people worldwide are going to uncover any villains or drunkards lurking in their family trees.

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Warby Family Reunion, 24 March 2013

As family historians we love family reunions, don’t we! So let me tell you about the Warby Family Reunion that is coming up later this month. The reunion is for the descendants of John and Sarah Warby (nee Bentley), and will be on Sunday 24th March 2013 at 12.00pm-4.00pm, at Glenalvon, 8 Lithgow Street, Campbelltown, New South Wales. If you’re a reli come and meet your cousins.

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National Library of Australia’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants Are Now Open

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2013 Community Heritage Grants. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

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The Forgotten Times Issue 2 Available Now

Back in December 2012 I advised you about the first edition of The Forgotten Times magazine, which was a brand new, free genealogy and history magazine. Now I have the pleasure of advising you that Issue 2 of The Forgotten Times is now available, it is online, and it is still FREE.

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