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Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway Genealogist, presenter and BBC Radio Wales' resident 'gene genie'. Blog posts in total 55

  1. Some seriously grave research

    Wednesday 26 March 2014, 10:34

    Back in January, Philip John from Neath rang BBC Radio Wales asking for advice regarding his grandmother, Annie Gertrude John (nee Whiskerd).

    Annie had given birth to a baby girl in 1911. Baby Phyllis Whiskerd was adopted and Philip wanted to know what he could do to try and find out more about her.

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  2. The British Home Children of Wales

    Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10:52

    If you have never heard of the British Home Children (BHC) then prepare to be amazed by their story - a story that is soon to be told through the artwork of Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey.

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  3. Silver War Badge returned

    Thursday 20 February 2014, 13:36

    Late last autumn while there was still a sun in the sky and warmth in the air, I paid a visit to one of the antique shops in Cardiff that sells World War One military memorabilia. Like a magpie I was drawn to the small shiny objects in the display cabinet and after much negotiation I walked away as the...

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  4. A tale of the three Sheppards continues

    Wednesday 22 January 2014, 10:21

    The tale of the three Sheppards from Tonyrefail continues and this update is from Anita Farrell, whose two great uncles and great great grandfather were featured in my blog last November to commemorate Remembrance Day.

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  5. Ronald and Monica, reunited after 58 years

    Thursday 19 December 2013, 09:23

    Way back in 2002 when I first started working for BBC Radio Wales I was lucky enough (and still am) to be asked to appear on various live radio broadcasts; to showcase my people tracing talents as well as my family history research skills.

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  6. A plaque for Rosamond Emma Marillier

    Thursday 7 November 2013, 16:15

    Back in the hazy summer days of August in between reuniting bibles and wedding veils with their original families something in The Hereford Times caught my eye.

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  7. A tale of three Sheppards

    Monday 4 November 2013, 13:22

    Each year as people start to wear poppies and Remembrance Day gets closer my thoughts and research efforts become focused on helping others overcome their military based family history obstacles, and this year is no different.

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  8. Having fun at the fair

    Thursday 24 October 2013, 10:39

    I was recently invited to the fair. Not the sort of fair that has candy floss and dodgems but one packed full of people all enjoying themselves and sharing their common interest in family history.

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  9. Binding books and family

    Wednesday 4 September 2013, 13:55

    On one of my days out I stumbled across an auction in Ross-on-Wye. Among the various objects that caught my eye was an old family Bible printed in 1878.

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  10. Lifting the veil

    Friday 19 July 2013, 13:31

    Last year I was asked to investigate a story for a lady aged 91. Once I discovered the basic details I knew it would be a case that I just had to solve.

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  11. Vito Victor De Lorto: in search of a GI father

    Friday 5 July 2013, 14:30

    Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"

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  12. GI babies - researching American soldiers' families

    Thursday 4 July 2013, 12:37

    Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.

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  13. The search for William Yolen Williams

    Monday 13 May 2013, 09:31

    I gladly gathered up the gauntlet and went in search of extra details regarding the mysterious William Yolen Williams.

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  14. Australian ancestry

    Thursday 7 February 2013, 16:09

    Noelene Lucas is one of those lucky Australians who can trace their heritage because she is descended from not just one convict but three!

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  15. The search for an old army pal

    Tuesday 22 January 2013, 17:18

    David J Loomes-Wilson was different. Despite being in the army and having the prerequisite number of nicknames, his friends were very specific about the information and meticulous in their memories.

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  16. Searching for Salome

    Wednesday 12 December 2012, 08:28

    Never having heard of the name myself I was amazed to see not one but two queries in my inbox which asked for help tracing ancestors both called Salome.

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  17. Exploring the stories behind Welsh war memorials

    Friday 23 November 2012, 16:19

    Cat Whiteaway explores the many online resources and archives to help you find out more about the men and women who died in World War One.

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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