Estella Sharp Bales

Dear Aunt Polly Brittain Holds an Important Clue [Genealogy]

Dear Aunt Polly Brittain Holds an Important Clue, but . . . I almost missed it because she looks so grumpy. Aunt Polly Brittain potentially solved a longstanding mystery on the identity of my great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, but I missed the clue for weeks. Seriously, I completely overlooked the gift Aunt Polly was offering me for several months …

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Sunday School Class Photo – Bloomingport Friends, Randolph County, Indiana [Genealogy]

Sunday School Class Photo – Bloomingport Friends, Randolph County, Indiana [Genealogy] – I’m about 90% sure I’ve titled this photo accurately. The names of most of the children were labeled for me. The photo does not specifically state that it’s a Sunday School class, neither does it specifically state it’s from Bloomingport Friends Meeting. These …

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Ozro Bales Sells Hogs – Free Online Newspaper Search [Genealogy]

Ozro Bales Sells Hogs – Free Online Newspaper Search [Genealogy] – Once upon a time in 1919, my great-great-grandfather Ozro Bales sold some hogs. I only know this because of a spectacular free online tool that lets you search old newspapers from 1789 – 1963. Amazingly, I actually have this photo of Ozro Bales with …

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Bales, Huber, Oberender, and Mercer of Bloomingport, Indiana [Genealogy Photo]

Bales, Huber, Oberender, and Mercer of Bloomingport, Indiana [Genealogy Photo] – When the Bales, Huber, Oberender, and Mercer neighbors got together, they posed for photographs. Today we take photos incessantly, often multiple times a day. Most of us have a camera in our fingertips at all times on our phones. It likely would have been …

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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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