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About Alona Tester


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Alona Tester has written 698 articles so far, you can find them below.


Women’s History Month 2013: Seeking Founding Mothers

As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …

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Season 5 (2013) Celebrities – Who Do You Think You Are? Australia

Now we all knew that there was a Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia was in the works, and I can now let you know a little more about who the celebrities on it will be … Firstly it is being extended from 6 episodes, to 8 episodes, and we’re currently only being told of 6 celebrities, with two surprises to follow (oh the suspense).

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Family History Through the Alphabet – Y is for …

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 25 brings us to the letter ‘Y’. So tell us about a place, a person, a ship, a document, a trait, or a heirloom (or anything else) relating to your own family history that starts with the letter Y! The choice is entirely yours …

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Ryerson Index Now Has 3.5 Million Australian Death Notices Online

Anyone who has been researching Australian records for a while will know about the Ryerson Index, and just how valuable it is. The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online.

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Historical Society of South Australia Grants Close 31 October 2012

If you have a passion for preserving South Australia’s heritage, and have a project that you’d like to do, but need some funds to help you along the way, you’d better be quick as applications for grants from the Historical Society of South Australia close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

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findmypast.com.au Adds Another 56 Million Records

findmypast.com.au, the Australian division of one of the world’s biggest online genealogy data sites, has just added a whopping 56 million more records online. This now brings the total of Australia and New Zealand records they have to over 135 million, which is quite a collection isn’t it! So head on over to findmypast.com.au and search their millions of records …

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Family History Through the Alphabet – X is for …

The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge is fast approaching the end, but we’re still not there yet … and this week brings us to the letter X. As the English language doesn’t contain a whole lot of X words, I’m thinking this could be a toughy, so I’m really intrigued to see what everyone comes up with.

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FamilySearch Adds 19 Million New Indexed Records and Digital Images

The world’s best genealogy website FamilySearch, has just added another 19 million, that’s right 19 M-I-L-L-I-O-N more indexed records and images to its free online searchable database. Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, NZ, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, US, UK, Venezuela and Wales are all covered

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New Legacy User Group – Canberra

With a growing user base of Legacy Family Tree in Australia, there have been a number of User Groups start up, and today I’m pleased to announce that Canberra now has a Legacy User Group too. So if you are in Canberra and are interested in learning more about Legacy, sharing your experiences or just need help solving a problem, feel free to join them.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – W is for …

Hello everyone, and welcome to Week “W” of the Family History Through the Alphabet. Are a genealogists who is also a blogger, Facebooker, and/or Tweeter? If so, join us in the Alphabet Challenge. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (this week’s letter is W), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family …

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About Time 2013: South Australia’s History Festival

The About Time Team are so excited. And so they should be. The 2012 About Time Festival was a huige success with both those who organised events and exhibitions, as well as those who attended. And now it’ll be one again next year. That’s right … mark your calendar or diary as About Time: South Australia’s History Festival will run from 1-31 May in 2013!

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Looking for Next-of-Kin of WWII Far East Prisoners of War

The Australian Department of Defence is looking for Next-of-Kin of World War II Far East Prisoners of War. The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – V is for …

We’re on the home stretch now in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, just a few more letters to go, and this week we’re up to the letter V. As with each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history, and this weeks letters is ‘V’.

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