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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
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Bio Photo Since February 2012 a group of us have been working on a project to photograph entire sections in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Progress on this project is updated frequently below. As we add photos we use them to correct memorials and link to family members or send requests to have the memorials corrected or updated. We add new memorials to this cemetery based on these photographs and on the National Gravesite Locator website for this cemetery.


FAG members Samme Templin, Theresa Miller, Christine S., and Cindy S. are helping to post the photos.

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon is working on Section 2E.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence is working on Section R.

FAG contributor Christine and Winmar finished photographing and posting photos from Section MA.

Please join us!! I estimate that we have posted at least 30% of the photos in the cemetery, and are posting nearly 1400 photos every week. It's a big job and we could use your help!

Please contact me if you are willing to help this project by either uploading photographs that I have taken, or by photographing other sections.

Please contact me if you have a better photograph of a headstone for a memorial (e.g., with better lighting), and I will be happy to remove my photo from the memorial. [Over time I've learned the hard way the right times of day to photograph markers in the cemetery to get the best lighting, usually in the afternoon.]

Status of photography of Golden Gate National Cemetery section by section:

Sections A to D: Completed.

Section E: Completed. Contains markers for 45 graves of German and Italian prisoner of war from World War II; there also many graves of servicemen who died between 1865 and 1910. Markers not in the National Gravesite Locator: Maltie Andrews, John Brackman, Infant Son Crawford, John Jackson, Charles Kinnaka, Francis O'Sullivan, and Jamey Schafer.

Section F: Completed. Concepcion F. DelaCruz (F, 557) is not in the NGL

Section G: Completed. Not in the NGL: Oliver Melander, James C. and Nodie Schrader.

Section H: Completed. Not in the NGL: Martha Ellen Fiedler, Bernice Peck Scott, John H. Sawyer, Lee Ellerton Dickinson, William Albert Rimmel, Bertram W. York, Michael Meglinskie, Dexter L. Drubendorfer, Bert McNulty, William Von Cleve.

Section I: Completed. Not in the NGL: Frederick Bachmann, Robert Colvin, Alice & Arthur Sorenson.

Section J: Completed. Not in the NGL: Carlo Barroni, John Edward Scoggins.

Section K: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section L: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section M: Completed. Not in NGL: Eugene Brozowski, Earl Chapman, Justin Lacau France, Merle Gadbury, Abramo Marko, Lillian A. Murphy, Elia Pera, Henry Stegnerski, George Pete Sucevich, Maude Edna Webster, William Ralph Williamson.

Section MA: Completed.

Section N: Completed. Not in the NGL: William E. Thomas.

Section O: Photos of the fronts of O-1A to O-640 and O-1990 to the end have been posted. Photography all of the reverse sides of all markers is completed.

Section P: Completed Aug. 2014.

Section Q: Completed June 2014.

Section R: Completed 1 July 2014 by Kathleen Clemence.

Section S: Completed June 2014.

Section T: Photos of the backs of the markers have been posted. The fronts of markers have all been photographed: the first and last three rows of photos were posted.

Section U: The backs of the markers have been posted. The first five rows of markers are photographed and posted. Photography of fronts of markers is 90% completed.

Section V: The fronts of the markers have been posted.

Section W: Completed May 2014. Not in NGL: Peter Koster, Audrey Minor, Louise C. Reeves, Arthemus Langston, Dorothy M Cross, Edith I Johnson, Thelma G Heinz, Audrey A Groom, Ethel T Dilley, others

Section X: Photography of all markers in this section was completed in May 2014. Not listed in the NGL: Robert Linyard, Stanley H Manzano, Presner Felder, James Allen and Richard Anthony O'Kendo, William Latham Chamberlain, John H. Gwinn Washington, Tillie C. Fuelscher, John Casey, James O'Connor, Ichiro Garry Tsuruoka, Ernest Laverne Speicher, Ruth Hall, Herbert F Sweebohm, Charles Warren, John Marvin Williams, John Manuel Baldwin Bastida, Charles A Henderson, Clarence C Centeio, Karl Stohlstrom, Robert A Ausmus, Mildred R Webb, William Henry Doland, Toivo Evertt Malen, Philamena A Flowers, Ruth E Henkel

Section Y: Photography of the fronts of all markers was completed in Mar. 2013. Photos of the backs of markers have been uploaded. Markers not in NGL: Daniel Baldwin Elam, Charles E. Walker, Lon Ash Cook, Frank Yee, Robert G Peterson, Elise Courrier Phillips, Joseph F Weiterer, Dudley Theodore Edson, John W Haslet, Morton Morris Eierwiess, Robert Allen Washington, Antone W Caldera, Harry M DeLacy, Michael Melnick

Section Z: Completed. Not in NGL: John H Downing, Angel B Canja, Sr., Charles Palizzolo Sicily, Albert Brown, Melvin Rucker, William Francis Clark, Ivo Sofranc Montenegro.

Section 2A: Completed June 2013.

Section 2B: Photography completed July 2013. Uploading of fronts is completed. Uploading of backs is underway. The northwestern end contains a large percentage of infants and young children.

Section 2C: Completed April 2014.

Section 2D: Completed June 2013. Not in the National Gravesite Locator: Herbert L Dennis, Frederick Kurz Austria, Hing K Lee, Navor A Archuleta, Bernard F Fahey, John Louis Leglend

Section 2E: FAG contributor Steward Blandon has photographed the entire section and has uploaded 90% of his photos. Only photos for sites 4118-4430 and 4897-5449 remain to be posted.

Section 2F: Completed.
Section 2G: Completed.
Section 2H: Completed.

Section CA: Sites 1-38, 189-394, 467-504, 655-860, 933-970, 1130-1326, 1399-1434, 1587-1783, 1856-1893, 2055-2071, 2082-2250, 2323-2359, 2506-2536, 2548-2716, 2789-2825, 2972-3182, CA1 (posted), CA2, CA8 (posted), CA13-CA14 (posted), CA15 have been photographed. Not in NGL?: Margana K Williams

Section CD: Photos for Sites 1-189, 295-494 have been posted.

Section CE: Photos for Sites 1-76, 224-312, 336-387, and 537-624 have been posted.

Section CF: Sites 1-55 posted, 98-213 photographed, 285-338 posted.

I am currently interested in the Brocher, Lahey, Williamson, Weber, and Grumann families of eastern Wisconsin, particularly Manitowoc County.

I am also researching Nuzum, Wright, Wheeler families of western Wisconsin.

Finally, I am researching Welch, Belden, Dunbar familiies of southeastern Minnesota.
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Rita Garcia
RE: GGNC photo
You are very welcome. I think the endeavor of having pics for all the tombstones is great. I haven't been spending a lot of time taking pics, but when I can I enjoy helping.
Added by Rita Garcia on Jul 29, 2014 2:50 PM
Kathy Brick
RE: Dunbars in Owatonna

I was happy that I could fill your request. Yes the markers are very simple and took me a couple scans of that section of the cemetery before I found them....

Added by Kathy Brick on Jul 28, 2014 5:28 AM
Ancestral Sleuth
Chief Julius Stalker's Photo
Thank you so much for the great photos!
Added by Ancestral Sleuth on Jul 27, 2014 10:18 PM
Gregory A. Paul
Alfred Shinnick
Thanks for the picture of his grave stone Tom. Although I never met Alfred, I'm quite sure he was my great uncle born in Brockton, MA in 1901.
Added by Gregory A. Paul on Jul 26, 2014 6:19 AM
Dianna Taylor
Thank You!!!
Tom, thanks so much for the edits/links on the DeMoss-Cree memorial and for all the good work you are doing.
Added by Dianna Taylor on Jul 25, 2014 8:52 AM
Terry Tichenor
Robert Seth Taylor
Good morning,
Thank you for photographing the monument and posting it to his memorial.
Your lovely clear photo adds an additional dimension to his memory.
Best regards,
Terry Tichenor
Added by Terry Tichenor on Jul 25, 2014 3:19 AM
Find A Grave Memorial# 74113335
Never mind...found her.

Added by ms1952 on Jul 21, 2014 5:25 AM
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Is his wife Myra here, too?

Thank you, Elena
Added by ms1952 on Jul 21, 2014 5:21 AM
RE: Thomas Lahey Two Rivers
No problem, anytime. If you have any other family members here I can take the photo's I go out everyday. I'm GPS'ing the whole cemetery. People were looking at my partner and I like were crazy. However, we have a great time and have fun while in the bone yard. We actually were washing the stones before the photo's were taken. The moss & Alge this year are eating the stones away like nothing. Basically, we went in garden hose and all cleaning stones prior to the photo's. History is now preserved from the mother natures fury from 60 below zero weather this past winter. Glad to be a service to you. In the future, if you need anymore photo's here in Manitowoc County WI shoot me an email. I can go out and get it for ya. I also have access to obituaries at our wonderful library if you need any. Take care!
Added by screenname on Jul 05, 2014 6:39 PM
Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield CT
I went to this cemetery today..unfortunately the gravestone of Mary/Franklin Belden d 1831/1833 has broken off completely with only a small piece remaining. I made a copy of the gravestones in this cemetery and I know the gravestone before it and after am sure that this was their gravestone. Will post the photo soon.
Added by Sara on Jun 15, 2014 3:39 PM
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