Clara Clark Bales

The Search for the Secret Lovechild of My Great-Grandfather [Genealogy Mystery]

The Search for the Secret Lovechild of My Great-Grandpa [Genealogy Mystery] – My great-grandpa, Ralph Edgar Bales, had a secret lovechild, but we only know his first name. I have no clue how we would go about finding a person among the roughly 300 million people in the United States using only a first name. …

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Gender-Confused, Transgender, or Just Messing Around? [Genealogy Photo]

Gender-Confused, Transgender, or Just Messing Around? – Today’s Way Back Wednesday genealogy photo provides undeniable evidence that one of my ancestors participated in at least one incidence of crossdressing. So what was going on with that? Pictured from left to right are Hilda Oberender, Clara (Clark) Bales, and Blanche (Bales) Sickels. Clara was my great-grandmother. …

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