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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 691 articles so far, you can find them below.


Join Scott Hicks and Help Save South Australia’s Historic Films

A story in The Advertiser last weekend was about how Director, Scott Hicks is lending his star power in a bid to help save historic South Australian films that are at risk of being lost forever. The State Library of South Australia has a film collection which includes Super 8 and 16mm films. To preserve and share the more than 7500 films, the Library’s In-House Digitising project requires a $200,000 digital film scanner.

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What’s Happening with Family Tree Maker 2013?

We’ve been starting to get inquiries from customers asking us “what’s happening with Family Tree Maker 2013? and “when do you expect to have it”? Well, now we finally have some answers for you … Ancestry.com has quietly announced there will be no major upgrade for Family Tree Maker this year. However, they do plan on adding numerous improvements to the current Family Tree Maker 2012.

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Australian History News – August 2012

It has been quite a while, but I’ve decided to resurrect my Australian History News series of posts, as I enjoy finding out bits & pieces of genealogy and history news, and passing it on to you. In this one we have details of a free book on one of Queensland’s pioneers, a new User Group, more funding for one of Australia’s top convict sites, a new project for another group, and more societies join in on social media.

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New Free eMagazine – Irish Lives Remembered

“Irish Lives Remembered”, is a new magazine that is dedicated to Irish genealogy and history. It is also environmentally friendly too as it is an eMagazine, meaning that it is available to read online on your computer, mobile device or tablet, and best of all, it is FREE. Each issue contains approx. 60 pages of hints, tips and stories regarding Irish genealogy, there’s something for every level of researcher here.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – O is for …

Hello everyone, and welcome to Week “O” of the Family History Through the Alphabet. We are after genealogists worldwide who are bloggers, Facebookers, and/or Tweeters to join us. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (this week’s letter is O), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family that you’d like write about. Sound like fun? It is …

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Join in DearMYRTLE’s 2012 “Share a Memory” Contest

DearMYRTLE and her daughter Carrie have organised the 2012 “Share a Memory” contest. Running through until 30 September 2012, to enter you need to think of a memory that you would like to share, and blog about it, Facebook it, Instagram it, or even YouTube it. It could write about a child’s memory, an ancestor’s story, a reunion, a family recipe, a family holiday story, a family do-it-yourself project, an heirloom …

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Family History Through the Alphabet – N is for …

Week 14 of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge brings us up to the letter ‘N’. 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 ‘N’. So a place, a person, or a thing relating to family history that starts with the letter N!

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Findmypast Introduces the World Collection

Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions.

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R.I.P. Ron Austin

It is with sad news that I advise of the passing of Ron Austin, one of Australia’s great military historians.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – M is for …

Hey, we’re half way through the Alphabet Challenge already. That went quick didn’t it! But even though we’re half way through the “Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, if anyone new wants to join in please feel free to do so. 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.

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Family History is Cool, Pass it on

“Family History is Cool, Pass it on” is the theme for this year’s Family History Month in New Zealand, which is held right throughout August 2012, with events on at various locations around New Zealand, and it is aimed to promote family history to a wider audience. The idea is to encourage people to pass on their family history, stories, photos etc., as well as giving advice on reserarching along the way.

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Find Out What the National Library of Australia Has [VIDEO]

Want to find out what the National Library of Australia has to offer without even taking a step outside of your house? Now you can with the new videos that the National Library of Australia have created, which will help viewers started using their collections and services. You’ll learn how to access their readings rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – L is for …

It’s exciting to see so many people participating. We’ve had an amazing range of topics that people have been writing about … we’ve had everything from emigrant ships, attributes, archives, alphabets, special ancestors, family stories, home towns, war memorials, heirlooms, occupations, streets and more. So now that we’re up to “L”, what does L relate to in your family history?

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