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Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway Genealogist, presenter and BBC Radio Wales' resident 'gene genie'. Blog posts in total 58

  1. Exploring Anglo-American genealogy

    Monday 12 November 2012, 16:54

    Genealogist Cat Whiteaway writes about Peter Coldham's book The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1607-1775 for BBC Wales History

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  2. We've found 'Twylia'

    Wednesday 31 October 2012, 10:23

    BBC Wales History article by genealogist Cat Whiteaway who reunites two old friends and asks for your help to find out about the life of Ethel Walters.


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  3. Searching the treasures of the Glamorgan Archives

    Monday 8 October 2012, 16:51

    Last week I found myself with a free afternoon, and headed to the Glamorgan Archives, where it’s always nice and warm and friendly.

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  4. Caring for Welsh graves

    Thursday 20 September 2012, 16:44

    Cat Whiteaway article on caring for Welsh graves

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  5. Census errors: common pitfalls

    Friday 14 September 2012, 11:45

    Article by Cat Whiteaway on making sense of the national census

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  6. The stories behind the Welsh headstones in Grand Forks, British Columbia

    Thursday 6 September 2012, 08:58

    Cat Whiteaway blog about graves with Welsh links in Grand Forks, British Columbia.

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  7. The Grimsby reunion

    Thursday 30 August 2012, 11:08

    Jane Goffin contacted The One Show back in April as she wanted me to help her mother Joyce, who was adopted shortly after her birth in 1931.

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  8. Bert Bartlett and his prize-winning chicken

    Friday 17 August 2012, 15:24

    Cat Whiteaway's article on her search to find more information about Bert Barlett

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  9. Cardiff Olympian Paulo Radmilovic

    Friday 10 August 2012, 15:31

    Cat Whiteaway writes about Welsh Olympian Paulo Francesco Radmilovic

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  10. Hunting Twylia

    Saturday 21 July 2012, 10:00

    Back in April 2012 I received an email from a lady called Kathy in Newport, after appearing on BBC Radio Wales' Jamie & Louise programme.

    Kathy and her husband Stuart met in Singapore in the 1950s. She was stationed there while working as a telephonist in the WRAF and he was in the RAF. Kathleen Dymond...

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  11. Family history: perseverance pays

    Tuesday 17 July 2012, 11:15

    In one of my recent blogs I wrote about finding an old postcard addressed to Lil Wilson.

    It was posted in 1918 from her friend Gladys and sent to Lil's address of 10 Mountjoy Street in Newport. I found it on my computer when I was cleaning old files.

    9th August 1918, Portsmouth...

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  12. The prisoners' calendar

    Monday 9 July 2012, 11:00

    Last week I had a day out in Ebbw Vale and spent several happy hours tucked away in the old steelworks that now house the Gwent Archives. I couldn't think of anywhere I'd rather be, especially when it was raining yet again.

    I'd gone with two research projects in mind but was immediately sidetracked...

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  13. Kristina's search for her grandfather Chaim Levy Rotblatt

    Wednesday 4 July 2012, 13:20

    One story that sticks in my mind from the vast number we covered for Look Up Your Genes with BBC Radio Wales was that of Kristina Taylor.

    Kristina's search concerned her maternal grandfather. Her mother, Ruth Schmidt was born in 1913 in Germany as the illegitimate daughter of a German Aryan mother and...

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  14. Tracing your Welsh ancestors

    Friday 22 June 2012, 17:44

    After every appearance as a family history expert on BBC Radio Wales I get deluged with enquiries from listeners. Last week's programme was no different, other than our focus on paternal family history queries because of the proximity to Father's Day.

    Seeking Mr Savage

    Judith Savage was one of the first...

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  15. Bee's search for her father's military past

    Tuesday 19 June 2012, 15:44

    Back at the end of last summer I received a plea for help from Bee Richards. It was accompanied by two such lovely old black and white photographs that it was impossible not to want to help.

    Bee's father was Thomas Edward Richards, born in 1895 in Llantrisant. He served in the army during World War...

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  16. A summer of family history fairs

    Tuesday 12 June 2012, 16:45

    Over the lovely long Diamond Jubilee weekend I spent a lot of time watching the Queen and celebrating by eating strawberries and far too many cakes.

    Among all the pomp and pageantry I scanned the bright red tunics to see if I could recognise one of the heralds. Needless to say I didn't see him but...

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  17. Tracking Alfred Cottam

    Friday 1 June 2012, 18:25

    A couple of weeks ago my blog was devoted to two images I found on my computer while spring cleaning.

    By way of an update, I have good news and bad news.

    The bad news is that I haven't even managed to narrow down the Lil Wilson who lived at 10 Mountjoy Street in Newport in 1918. However, I have a...

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  18. After Z: forgotten foundlings

    Thursday 24 May 2012, 15:00

    Last week's article involved the creation of an A-Z of family history resources and it got me thinking about what comes after Z.

    In the General Register Office (GRO) birth indexes once you get to the end of each quarter you can often find a small separate list of individuals, all alone and unable to...

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  19. Cat Whiteaway's A-Z of family history

    Wednesday 16 May 2012, 16:55

    Yesterday I returned a book to the library, The End Of The Alphabet by CS Richardson. It's a short book, an adult fable, which I didn't realise had also been made into a play for BBC Radio 4. Try it, it's a lovely book.

    I was reading it while visiting my mum recently. One day, while having coffee in...

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  20. Spring cleaning turns up mystery keepsakes?

    Wednesday 9 May 2012, 11:05

    Like every responsible computer owner I try to perform regular software updates and ensure that my computer is clean, virus free and as unclogged as possible. So while it has been raining this week (and last week and probably next week too) I have spent some time filing, backing up, deleting and emptying...

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