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About Alona Tester


Website: http://www.gould.com.au
Alona Tester has written 715 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

Those who attended the recent Chris Paton-Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour around Australia were invited give feedback as well, on the venue, on the talks, and on some general genealogy queries. It is those extra genealogy questions that we have the stats for here, and wanted to share as they give some very interesting results.

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Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

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Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

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The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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findmypast Launches their “100 in 100″ Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”

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Here and Then: The British Newspaper Archive App

Here and Then is a brand new app making the British Newspaper Archive collection available to you on your iPhone, iPod Touch or Ipad. The Here and Then app allows you to view fascinating historic articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your mobile device for free.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – March 2014

During March I read SOOOOOOO many fabulous blog (inspiring) blog posts. So this month we cover everything from headstone rubbings, to digitial filing systems, to copyright and copywrongs, researching on the internet, genealogy culture shock and a whole heap more …

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Early Bird Prices for Congress 2015

The Australasian Congress which is held once every three years, is coming up again in March 2015. And even though it’s just under 12 months away, the organising committee have been busy, and have just released the program, as well as opening up early bird registration as well …

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