More About Bertha and Florence Delcourt
Fri. 10 Sep 2010. 8:47 am
Continuing with the post from the other day, I wanted to see if I could find out more about Bertha and Florence Delcourt. I did my usual searches for Bertha Delcourt first and nothing much came up. But when I searched for Florence Delcourt I got lucky.
Listed in the 1920 Federal Census transcription I found a Florence Delcourt in Chicago. Her age and year of birth are about right when compared to the information from Ellis Island. And her mother’s first name, Bertha, is the same.
But Bertha now has the surname of Gernaey. So sometime between 1914 when Bertha was a Delcourt going through Ellis Island and being listed in the 1920 census, she married someone named Gentil Gurnaey.
As part of the same census transcription I see that Gentil Gurnaey was born in Belgium.
Assuming these transcriptions are correct then, as of 1920, Bertha had possibly divorced Odilon and married Gentil Gernaey. I don’t know why Florence still had her surname as Delcourt. I suppose it’s possible that Bertha and Gentil had recently been married and had not been able to start the adoption/name change for Florence.