I've just started trying to research my maternal grandfather's family history. I only recently found out that Learned was his mother's maiden name, not his father's. Idon't know that much about his early life other than he was born Ralph Learned in April 1906 in Lynn, MA to Harriet Learned, but that he was raised by an aunt in Vermont. I believe he joined the Marine Corps when he was 16. He also had a half brother named Kenneth Learned. They all for a time lived in California in the 1950s/60s. Harriet was suppose to have a sister living in San Bernaradino, CA at that time also.
I haven't yet gotten a hold of his birth certificate, but plan on doing so. As far as I know he didn't have a middle name and I don't know what his mother's was. I realize this is very little to go on, but if this rings any bells with you I'd appreciate you letting me know. I am trying to find where and with whom my grandfather was raised.