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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 715 articles so far, you can find them below.


Kelly Family 175th Anniversary Reunion

A third Kelly family reunion is planned to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Kelly in South Australia. William Kelly (1804-1888) and his wife Jane (1819-1893), left the Isle of Man in July 1838 for South Australia, where they arrived on 1 December 1838. They came soon after to what became Cudlee Creek …

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Passenger Lists to Queensland 1848-1912

Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.

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Speakers on Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise

February 2014 is when Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is scheduled to leave Sydney. Now a major part of why the Unlock the Past cruises are so good is because of the guest speakers. Afterall you can’t really have a genealogy cruise without them can you? And this cruise most certainly takes the cake for the speakers. With 6 international speakers, and 12 from Australia this will be a cruise like no other.

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Did Your Ancestor Help Build the Great Ocean Road?

Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.

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Canadian Headstone Photos Project

Got Canadian roots? If so, listen up. Dick Eastman’s newsletter first introduced me to the Canadian Headstone Photos Project a couple of years ago, and since then I have been watching this project grow over time. Now I know that not every Australian has Canadian connections, but many do, so I thought this would be of interest.

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Highlight: History of the First 50 Years of Freemasonry in South Australia 1834-84

Authored by Charles Glover, this was the first book to be written on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia, and it is one that is ‘highly’ regarded and a noted authoritative work.

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Thousands of Manx Records Go Online

The heritage collections at the Isle of Man museums have been digitised and have released online at www.imuseum.im giving the world access to the most amazing collection of Manx records right at their fingertips. As well as providing details of 100s of paintings and other artifacts and sound recordings currently housed in museums across the Isle of Man, you’ll also find baptism, marriage and burial records included.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April 2013

Wow, it’s May already! Anyway I must apologise to you for not keeping up with my Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts, so this is kind of a combined January-April collection of blogs that I’ve read, and loved, and wanted to share with you.

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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – Research Guides

Working in a bookshop I get excited when new books are released. Especially when nothing, or at least nothing recent has been published on that topic. Today I want to highlight a range of Irish research guides that have been published by Flyleaf Press. Their guides have become ‘standard’ research tools for those researching their Irish roots …

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2013 Issue Out Now

The beginning of a new month always means that you can expect your magazine subscriptions to arrive in the letterbox, and the May 2013 issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has just arrived in ours. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries …

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Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2013

Family Tree Magazine – the US one (and not to be confused with the UK genealogy mag with the same title) has become well-known for their yearly list of the 4o Best Genealogy Blogs, and has just announced the list for 2013.

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Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition – 3rd May 2013

If you love genealogy and are going to be in the Ballarat region around the latter part of next week you’ll be interested to know about the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition that is being held next Friday (3rd May 2013).

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Tasmania Birth, Death & Marriage Records 1803-1933 Now Online

I discovered “genealogy gold” when I found out that FamilySearch have in conjuction with the Archives Office of Tasmania have just put the images of Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages online. These cover the period 1803-1933, and are there for all to view for FREE!

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