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Spoiler Alert: If you don’t already know what happened during Kim Cattrall’s
episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you are about to find out.
Actress Kim Cattrall set out to solve a 70-year-old mystery and explore her British
heritage on her episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
George Baugh, Cattrall’s grandfather, disappeared when her mother, Shane, was 8 years
old. When George left, he tried to bribe Shane to accompany him, but she decided to
stay behind with her mother. Shane never saw him again, and her mother and two sisters
lived in extreme poverty in Liverpool.
After meeting with Shane and her two aunts, Cattralls discovers through a newspaper
clipping that George had a sister Edna. Cattrall visits an address listed for Edna,
and when no one answers, she knocks on a neighbor’s door. The neighbor instantly recognizes
Cattrall and tells her that Edna and George’s other sister Amy are still alive; she
gives Cattrall their address.
When she meets with Edna and Amy, she learns that George had a history of running
away and was unhappy with his marriage to Cattrall’s grandmother. The sisters also
show Cattrall family photos, but none of them are of George.
Cattrall returns to the hotel where a package from a researcher is waiting for her.
It contains a copy of George’s marriage certificate to woman that was not Cattrall’s
grandmother. The document indicates he remarried less than a year after he left the
family without divorcing his first wife.
With his new wife, Isabella Oliver, George moves to Durham County where the couple
has three children during the 1950s — Penelope Isabella Baugh, John Oliver Baugh
and George William Baugh.
Isabella’s brother, William Oliver, and his wife Maisie lived next to Isabella and
George in Durham County. Cattrall finds Maisie in a phone book and meets with her
and her daughter. (For more on tracing ancestors using city directories, see our
Maisie explains that George met Isabella in Manchester in 1938, and they had a daughter,
Irene, there before moving to Durham County. His new family with Isabella didn’t know
anything about George’s previous family.
Maisie also tells Cattrall that George and his family picked up and moved to Australia
in the 1960s. After traveling Down Under, Cattrall discovers George died in 1974 and
Isabella in 1990. She decides not to track down their children in Australia.
After her journey, Cattrall returns to Liverpool to share everything she learned about
George with her mother Shane and her aunts. After hearing the story, the sisters decide
to contact their half siblings in Australia.
(For more on tracing British subjects in Australia, see the March
2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine on newsstands now.)
“WDYTYA” airs Fridays at 8pm EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief
recap of each episode.