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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 645 articles so far, you can find them below.


Bay to Birdwood ‘Classic’ Car Rally – 25 September 2011

South Australia’s ‘Bay to Birdwood’ car rally is the world’s (not just Australia’s, but the world’s) largest most continually staged historic motoring event … now that is truly something to be proud of. This year’s event is being held on Sunday 25 September 2011.

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Highlight: Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850

‘Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850′ is a guide for genealogists and maritime historians wanting to know more about the movement of vessels. Covering the period 1627 -1850 it lists the arrivals and departures of ships of all kinds – explorers, sealers, whale ships, intercolonial and overseas traders, emigrant ships, naval ships, pleasure boats, fishing boats …

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Three Million Criminal and Convict Records to be Digitised

Everyone loves a good story, and a criminal or convict in the family pretty much guarantees it. Three million crime, court and convict records will be transcribed, digitised and published over the next 18 months.

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Irish Certificate of Heritage

Do your ancestral roots descend from Ireland, and are proud of these Irish roots? If you answered yes to both, be sure to get your Irish Certificate of Heritage. The Irish government has confirmed it will finally introduce a new “Certificate of Irish Heritage”. This will be available to people with Irish heritage around the world, who do not qualify for Irish citizenship.

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Unlock the Past’s Victorian Expo (Geelong), 2-3 September 2011

Unlock the Past’s Victorian Expo at Geelong in September, is coming up quick. This will be a MAJOR history-genealogy-heritage event for not only those in and around Geelong, but Victoria as a whole, and interstaters as well. For genealogy-minded people, this 2 day event will be something not to be missed.

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K & Co’s Ancestry.com 12×12 Pedigree Chart – Last Supplies

I received some bad news today, I found out today that the K & Company Ancestry.com 12×12 Pedigree Chart paper, which is not only one of our favourites, but also a favourite with our family tree scrapbooking custmers, has has now been discontinued. One the plus side, I did just recieve a large shipment of it – but this will be the last that we can get, as the Australian distributor is out of stock.

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Renewed for 5th Season

Australians are in love with watching family history on TV, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” has captured the interest of so many, that the program has now been renewed for a 5th Season.

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Highlight: History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand

If you are an individual, society, archive, library, or an organisation interested in either history or genealogy, you will want this “History and Genealogy 2011″ in your collection. This is not a HOW-TO book, but rather a collection of articles on a whole range of topics relating to Australia and New Zealand history and genealogy.

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New Zealand Family History Fair – 26-27 August 2011

Hamilton played host to the New Zealand Family History Fair in 2010. This was a huge success, as over a 1000 people enjoyed the many exhibits and seminars on offer, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of FREE access to websites. Now it’s on again, and bigger than last year!!

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President Obama Thanks Genealogists for Researching his Irish Family Roots

There seems to be a trend these days of if you are a celebrity (or in this case a President of the US), you will get your family history researched for you. This difference with this story, is that President Obama not only appreciated it, but also thanked those who researched his Irish roots.

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New Genealogy Records Online – July 2011

We’re not quite at the end of the month, yet July has been a has been a BIG, BIG month for new genealogy records online, particularly with the big players in the field. Military records, Wills, Business records, Convicts, Civil Registrations, Parish Registers, Directories, and Cemetery records

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National Family History Week 2011

The end of July marks the beginning of National Family History Week, which runs from 29 July through until 8 August. National Family History Week is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), as a way to promote and encourage people to trace their family history.

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Highlight: New South Wales 1828 Census with data from Surviving Household Returns

Did your family arrive in New South Wales in the early 1800s? Have you looked for them on the Census? This really is an important record for anyone who had family in New South Wales in 1828 or earlier, as this is the ONLY surviving census for New South Wales. It is not widely known that the original ‘household returns’ survive for a quarter of the population in the New South Wales 1828 census.

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