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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 710 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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#genealogyselfie – And the Winner is ….

On the 31st of March the #genealogyselfie competiton was announced, and the idea took off, which was helped along by the big wonderful world of social media, as well as geneablogger Randy Seaver making it one of his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun activities . Over the month we’ve had a bunch of entries, and the folk at Kaiser Baas have now chosen the winner …

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British Pathé Releases 85,000 Historic Films on YouTube

The British Pathé collection of historic films spans the years from 1896 to 1976, and includes footage from not only from Britain, but from around the globe. Amongst the 90,000 films that British Pathé have put online (of which 85,000 are newly uploaded) you’ll find sports, fashion, interviews, the Royal family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, gardens, military, parades, travel, and 1000s more.

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Highlight: The Family Historian’s Enquire Within

‘Family Historian’s Enquire Within’ is one of those classic genealogy reference books that anyone who has been doing their famly history for 15+ years probably still has on their bookshelf. Set out in an alphabetical format, occupations, places, titles, and genealogy terminology and a whole heap more are included in this book.

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New Old Newspapers on Trove!

The past few months has seen the folks in the historical newspaper department at the National Library of Australia very busy. Through Trove newspapers, (you know, the website that anyone who has Aussie ancestors hangs-out on), we now have access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers … and it’s all free!

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We Will Remember Them …

English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

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Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

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