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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 13 days
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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 18% of the 355,000 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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Pauline Gifford Mateo
I can't thank you enough for posting the photo of my mother's gravestone. I live on the east coast and never had the opportunity to get to SF to the cemetery. She moved there when I was a young child and now I'm in my 80's and can't get there. I am so grateful and appreciative of your efforts!!!

Added by S Smeaton on Oct 20, 2016 7:20 PM
Elaine Dahl
RE: Thank you for all the Lahey info
I will email you :-)
Added by Elaine Dahl on Oct 16, 2016 3:28 PM
Elaine Dahl
Thank you for all the Lahey info
I have been finding your postings on Find A Grave very helpful in my Lahey family research. Thank you for all the work you have contributed, and for all the work you are doing on your projects, such as the Golden Gate Cemetery, congratulations on a job well done and thank you, on behalf of all the families and their descendants who will benefit from your work.

Elaine (Dahl) Lahey
Added by Elaine Dahl on Oct 15, 2016 9:06 PM
RE: James. B. McKeown
I can't thank you enough for digging like you have. My eyes were going blurry at all the data I was researching and through the help of some others on Wikitree, they too were able to find Father James I. Mckeown and Peggy Mckeown. This morning I found James I. Mckeown's draft card in 1942. (now I know it's his because next of kin was Agnes Mckeown) I'm still searching for more military information and hopefully some photos for James B., but now I know for sure he was born in Mo. and they are from the East Coast. Thanks again!
Added by Elisa on Oct 14, 2016 8:37 AM
James. B. McKeown
You took the photo of the marker for this individual. Would you happen to know how I could gather more information? I think he may be my Grandfather.
Added by Elisa on Oct 13, 2016 10:15 AM
RE: Lydia Chase marker
you are welcome. I was just floored & ecstatic finding this little cemetery.
Added by Nikechele on Sep 28, 2016 3:27 PM
Michael Travis
RE: Nuzum marker
You are certainly welcomed. I am trying to document all of the graves at Catawba Memorial. Big, big project. Will take some time.
Added by Michael Travis on Sep 26, 2016 9:20 PM
RE: Lydia Chase marker
I have more photos. By a fluke i found out about this cemetery. Some of the stones were vandalyzed last year. Yes quite a few are on the ground. I dont know why my photos uploaded sideways. I had them correct when i edited them. My computer was giving me trouble. I will try to get more this week uploaded.
Added by Nikechele on Sep 25, 2016 9:46 PM
Doris Christensen
RE: John Maddox photo
You are more than welcome, glad I could get it for you. It's too bad it's weathered so badly and is hard to read.
Added by Doris Christensen on Sep 24, 2016 6:48 AM
Brenda Odesha
Thank You
I wanted to thank you for maintaining this for my grandfather.
Frank Odesha III
Added by Brenda Odesha on Sep 23, 2016 11:47 PM
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