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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.


The Gould Genealogy Pedigree

Today I want to introduce you to the “Gould Genealogy Pedigree”. This isn’t a post about new records online, or a press release about a new company, but rather it is introducing you to OUR company. That’s right, for a change I’m actually writing about ourselves. Some of you would know that we’ve been around for years (almost 38 years actually), while others of you have found us more recently. Either way, I do hope that we have been able to help you on your research journey.

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FamilySearch Celebrates 15 Years!

FamilySearch, the world’s biggest website of genealogical data (which by the way is all FREE), celebrated their 15th birthday yesterday. Can you believe that it’s been around that long already?

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63 Organisations Share $350,000 in Victoria’s Local History Grants

Sixty-three Victorian community groups, ranging from schools and libraries to sporting clubs and museums, will be doing their bit to record Victoria’s history thanks to support provided under the latest round of the Victorian Local History Grants Program.

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Discover Your Ancestors with ‘Discover Your Ancestors’ Magazine

Let me introduce you to Discover Your Ancestors. This is a relatively new UK genealogy and history magazine that is produced as a printed volume once a year, as well as having 12 periodicals (digital issues) released throughout the year. You’ll get lots of great reading for just £1 per issue.

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Western Australian Genealogical Society Wins Prestigious Award

The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) has been announced as the winner of the Geoff Riggs Award for Best Website. The Geoff Riggs Award is sponsored by ABM Publishing publishers of Family Tree magazine and the FFHS …

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Ancestry’s New Zealand’s Records FREE Until Monday 19th May

If you have New Zealand ancestors, cancel any plans that you had this weekend as you’re in for a weekend-long genealogy-fest. You can thank Ancestry.com.au for that, as they are offering FREE ACCESS to their entire New Zeleand collection from 16-19 May.

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Explore New Records from New Zealand on findmypast

Findmypast, one of the big names in the genealogy field, are part-way through their 100 in 100 project (100 new data sets in 100 days). And as part of that they have just released a whole bunch of New Zealand records.

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Trove Newspapers: What’s Coming Soon?

Recently I gave you a long list of titles of historical newspapers that the National Library of Australia has just released on Trove. Now here is a listing of the newspapers that are due in the coming months.

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Unlock the Past Cruises heads to the Baltic for their 8th Cruise

Unlock the Past cruises heads to the Baltic, that’s right. So why not expand your genealogy knowledge in the comfort of a gorgeous ship, while also visiting England, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, FInland, Sweden and Denmark?

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Join the ‘City of Adelaide’ Clipper Ship’s 150th Birthday Celebrations

It’s not often that you hear of 150th birthdays is it? Let alone get invited to one. But that’s what this is all about. The ‘City of Adelaide’ clipper ship turns 150 in May 2014 and everyone is invited to the party. And let’s face it, we’re really not likely to get invited to anyone elses 150th birthday party are we!

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Highlight: So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker (New Edition)

‘So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker’ covers the absolute basics that users, with very little computer understanding can get up and running. The book takes new users through installation, registration, activating an Ancestry.com subscription, as well as creating and importing files. The book introduces new users to the eight workspaces …

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2014 Issue Out Now

The end of one month and the beginning of the next sees the new issues of genealogy magazines arrive. One that has just landed on my desk is the May 2014 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. Mother’s Day is in May so this issue features some lovely mothers and their families, as well as other articles you’ll find fascinating.

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170 Years of American History in One GIF

How well do you know your American history? If you’re anything like me, your knowledge of US geography and their history is sadly lacking, and tends to focus on just the states you’ve either been to, or have ancestors that went there. So when I came across this fabulous interactive map showing 170 years of American history on Dick Eastman’s blog I found it fascinating,

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