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About Alona Tester


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Alona Tester has written 701 articles so far, you can find them below.


New South Wales BDM Registry Changes Search Options

News just in is that the NSW Registry has removed the wildcard search facility from the their interenet index search. This is bad news for all researchers, which of course includes family historians. Ann could be listed as Ann, Anne or Annie. With the wildcard the search provided a search for Ann* and it would bring up all possibilties …

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Australian History News – May 2011

It’s the end of May already, and as expected HEAPS of stuff has been happening in the genealogy and history scene around this country. This month we have snippets on the histories of water skiing and a hospital, repairs of pioneers graves, a colonial buildings exhibition, tours, school anniversaries, the opening of a new family history centre, reunions, and a new interest group … oh, and don’t forget the gold coins that have just been discovered.

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Obituaries Australia – A Genealogical Goldmine

Obituaries are a goldmine of information for genealogists, as they contain a wealth of information about your family. Obituaries Australia is a new website of obituaries published in newspapers, journals, magazines and bulletins. These contain the life stories of Australians from the earliest times to the present.

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New Scottish, German and Australian Military Titles from Unlock the Past

It’s been a busy time recently for Unlock the Past, and their publications list continues to grow. This month we’ve already seen the release of three new titles added to the Unlock the Past range … Scottish, German and Australian military are all covered.

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Family Tree Maker 2011: New Charts

If you’re considering purchasing Family Tree Maker 2011, but are just a little hesitant because you’re not quite sure of it’s capabilities wth chart printing, this video from GenealogyTools.com will give you an idea.

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Ireland-Genealogy.com Releases Unique Irish Records Online

It’s always great to hear of new records being released, more so when it relates to Ireland. Irish research can be quite hard and time-consuming due to the lack of census records. A key record which gives information is the Irish Pension Records. Irish-Genealogy.com has spent 20 years copying handwritten pension applications which cover all of Ireland …

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Inside History – Issue 4 (May-Jun 2011) Out Now

Issue 4 of Inside History magazine has just hit the shelves, and in this May/June edition you’ll find: that we celebrate Australia’s first superstar – Dame Nellie Melba! Learn how to find an elusive maiden name, discover how to get more out of death certificates, and we find out that state teachers’ records can be a genealogy goldmine, and read about the mythical monsters that scared our ancestors silly …

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140 Free Online Genealogy Research Courses

With currently 140 free genealogy courses on offer at FamilySearch, it makes it easier than ever to expand your family history skills in your own time, and in your own home. Take a look now …

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Your Family History – Issue 103 (May 2011) is Out Now

Everyone’s looking for more and better ways to save money at the moment, and issue 103 of Your Family History magazine gives us “101 money saving tips” saving time and money. Covering software, web resources, free certificates, cut-price records and more …

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Australian History News – April/May 2011

Here is the latest Australian history news of happenings and coming events from groups, societies, and historical places throughout Australia. Some of the following news articles have been submitted to us, while others have been found from websites, newspapers and other articles …

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The Master Genealogist v8 – Free Public Beta Now Available

Well it has been a loooong time coming, but news today from Wholly Genes (the publishers) is that The Master Genealogist (TMG) v8 is now available in the form of a free public beta that will expire in 30 days.

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findmypast Ireland Launches

What a HUGE day yesterday was for Irish genealogists and researchers around the world, as findmypast Ireland (findmypast.ie) was launched. People can easily navigate and search over 4 million records that are available on www.findmypast.ie and discover their past no matter where they are in the world …

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Highlight: Black Kettle and Full Moon: Daily Life in a Vanished Australia

‘Black Kettle and Fully Moon’ is a book about people, ordinary Australians, and how they organised their daily life a long while ago. It describes where they lived, shopped, what they ate and drank. It tells us how they kept warm and cool, how they lit their houses …

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