Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Update on Emma Zoll and The Flea Market "Cousin"

Many readers showed an interest in my recent story about a trip to the Flea Market.   Turns out that the Ancestry user I reached out to hasn't any further information on my Emma Zoll family, nor do they have any info about a marriage for her.   I guess she'll sit here on my desk until some family member happens to search for her and finds my blog, which saddens me.  I know what it's like to wish for family photos, and while I have many, there are large numbers of family members that I think we should have photos of, but don't...  onward and upward!

Now for the gentleman that I met that day - I haven't yet been back to see him (the weather here was quite cold over the weekend and I wasn't feeling up to a trek through the flea market in the cold to see him) so I'll be visiting with him on another weekend, charts and family info in-hand, to see if we can make a connection.

I have yet another treat from him - this one a little baby, named Clara Amealia Bercaw according to the notation on the photo's frame to which it's glued.     I've not had any luck finding information on this Clara, although there are census records which contain the name Clara Bercaw, and they're in this general area (MD, VA, WV), I haven't any way to date this photo (with my own knowledge).   Anybody out there that might be able to help date her, all guesstimates and ballparks would be a great help.  I tried to find photos of old strollers, to attempt to determine what era the stroller might have been from, but no luck for me on that.   Sometimes we just have to admit that we have no idea what we're doing and let an "expert" have a look :-)  


  1. I love that you are trying to locate owners of these photos. I can't imagine how excited I would be if someone contacted me with photos of my ancestors!

  2. I'm no help, but I'll bet someone will be able to date that stroller, especially with that very unique handle.

    Oh, and thanks so much for the shout out! I love visiting your blog! :)


  3. Re: Emma Zoll

    Have you searched the Brooklyn Eagle at Fulton HIstory? (www.fultonhistory.com) She was graduated from Public School 104 in January, 1930: http://tinyurl.com/2vglutv If she and her mother were the only Emma Zolls in Brooklyn, It looks like her mother attended the Fort Hamilton Presbyterian Church in 1941: http://tinyurl.com/33hb6g8 - although I can't find a website for the church, (Those should be PDFs, they sometimes take a few minutes to load).

    I hope you find her family, or they find you!