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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
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Bio Photo In early 2015, the Golden Gate National Cemetery Photography Project completed its 3-year-long effort. The cemetery, located in San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, is now 99.96% photographed, with less than 50 inscriptions that need to be photographed.

Since March 2015, I have been photographing the markers in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California. Only 15% of the 350,000 markers there have been photographed. Many of the burials are reinterments from the now defunct Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco. Theresa Miller is helping me to post the photos. We are currently posting photographs in Section B, F, and G: For Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery the San Francisco Genealogy website is invaluable:

We add new memorials as need be and add missing information and links.

Please contact me if you have taken a better photograph of a headstone for a memorial (e.g., with better lighting), and I will be happy to remove my photo.


Golden Gate National Cemetery Credits:

FAG members Samme Templin, Theresa Miller, Christine S., and Cindy S. helped post the photos.

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon completed Section 2E. Stewart also created an excel spreadsheet for the burials in the cemetery that has been vital for the project. Stewart and Kathleen Clemence added plot information to memorials.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence completed Section R.

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

Notes on the Golden Gate National Cemetery:

Section A: Redo north facing markers starting with A-133.

Section E: Contains markers for 45 graves of German and Italian prisoner of war from World War II; there also about 100 graves of servicemen who died between 1865 and 1910.

Sections O to V: Completed June through Sept. 2014. Section R completed by Kathleen Clemence.


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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Carol Weldon
William Welspiel 102858608
Thank you for taking and posting the photograph of his gravestone.

Added by Carol Weldon on Jun 30, 2016 8:38 PM
Mark Utley
RE: Clarence Bollman #105256349
Tom, thanks for the full explanation. Based on that I'd leave the photos, possibly add that explanation to the narrative which can be added to the photos.

Always appreciated, Mark
Added by Mark Utley on Jun 30, 2016 6:59 AM
Mark Utley
Emilie Bollman #105539939
Ditto to my message below, for Clarence's wife.
Added by Mark Utley on Jun 29, 2016 5:27 PM
Mark Utley
Clarence Bollman #105256349
Hi Tom, when times permits please take a look at the subject memorial and specifically the photo you added to it. To my eye the photo has nothing to do with this person and should be deleted from his memorial, but I've missed things before so defer to your trained eye!

Thanks, Mark
Added by Mark Utley on Jun 29, 2016 5:25 PM
Rob Wilcox
RE: Theresa Wilcox
Yes, I was actually there for a small service we had for my dad back in 1985 but couldn't be there to see my mom's name added to the marker. I wasn't sure when I would see it but decided to check back on Findagrave and, bingo, there it was. So, thanks so much. I will get out to see it myself sooner or later I hope.
Added by Rob Wilcox on Jun 25, 2016 9:20 PM
Rob Wilcox
Theresa Wilcox
Tom, I live in Massachusetts and so have yet to see my mother's grave. She is buried with my father at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Thank you so much for the photo. It brought tears to my eyes.
Added by Rob Wilcox on Jun 25, 2016 6:54 PM
Philip Weiss
Mary Sullivan
it wasn't when I added it. I always check for dupes in the same cemetery.
Added by Philip Weiss on Jun 25, 2016 6:21 PM
David Fortin
catawba Memorial Park
This has nothing to do with this memorial. This is a request that you are asking for at the Catawba Memorial Cemetery. In order to get a memorial from this cemetery you must do the following. First a family member must call them up to find the location of their burial. Next, you will need to supply this information on the request a photo section. You will need to know the section, row, grave # ect.ect...You must then inform them who is going to go there to take a picture for their family member.....They will not let us in without all this information. TY!
Added by David Fortin on Jun 25, 2016 5:48 PM
RE: Rishel photos
It's no problem. Glad to help!
Added by Laura on Jun 22, 2016 8:14 AM
Lauren O'Leary
Holy cross Colma cemetery map
Hi Tom,
Do you have a better map then the one the cemetery prints online for the Holy cross Colma cemetery? I've been taking pictures of my various ancestors Graves but it's quite challenging given the limitations of that map and the fact that in some of the sections very few of the graves have the numbers engraved on them. The map I have only gives the section it doesn't show Rows or grave numbers.
Added by Lauren O'Leary on Jun 20, 2016 12:51 AM
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