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Gerry Jean (#47892639)
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********** October, 2016 *************

I'm taking a time-out through the remainder of 2016.


As a lot of requestors know, the Holy Cross cemetery has their data base containing the location of all of the 350,000 deceased buried there .... this data base is available online to all of us (

I've sensed that requests stand a quicker chance of being claimed by volunteers if the burial locations are included with the requests. Here are the steps to get those locations (for Holy Cross, Colma):

go to
click on "San Mateo County"
click on "Cemeteries"
click on "Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma"
click on "Online data base"

(BTW, the locations available are from 1887 through 2005; the 2006+ sites have not yet been converted.)

==== Recurring questions ====
Why can't some requestors understand that the absence of a name on a headstone does not mean that the person is not interred there!

Requestors sometimes add that they'd like the volunteer to "check around" to see if there are any markers/headstones with the same name as their requested deceased. How is the volunteer supposed to know that a nearby "Sullivan", e.g., is a relative? Searching for, finding, taking several photos, sorting out the good one(s) at home, adding a pertinent text, uploading .... per requested photo, takes time. For each 20 requests, I take 90-100 photos on average so a well-meaning but impractical request "addendum" is not something I include in my 3-4 hours at the cemetery (plus another 3 hours at home).


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Florence May Pazarro
Hi Gerry,

Thank you for letting me know that there are no grave markers in Section A where she is buried. I did look at the individual cemetery pictures and the one you posted with full statue had the caption information about no grave markers in that section. I missed it reading it before my request went out. I left a flower on the memorial and listed "no grave marker" so hopefully no one makes the request again.

Thank You,
Barbara Parker
Added by BParker on Oct 20, 2016 1:23 PM
Christopher Ware
photo requests in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Thank you for the photos!
Added by Christopher Ware on Oct 12, 2016 1:54 PM
Maria Williams Murrah
RE: YOU so Rock!!!!
God Bless you! You are a kind and generous soul. I will email you directly. Thank you! Marie
Added by Maria Williams Murrah on Oct 05, 2016 8:23 PM
Maria Williams Murrah
YOU so Rock!!!!
Hello GerryJean my wonderful find a grave friend/s. I am writing to let you know just how many of my family members both in the U.S.A and abroad are truly grateful for your contributions. You have made a Difference in our lives and helped us connect to our roots.

I wanted to let you know that when you took a headstone photo and uploaded it to the memorial of my great great grandfather John Samuel Rice, you also (I am slow, because I just realized) gave my family a copy of where his wife, my great great grandmother Catherine Ellen Manning's burial site and headstone! Her birth year is off on the stone by three years (I know, it is very common) and we would have never found her on our own.

I took the liberty, (hoping you do not mind-but if you do please tell me and I will immediately delete) of adding Catherine's information and posting the picture you so graciously added to her husbands memorial (which has her name below his) and I posted the picture YOU took as it is her headstone too. I commented in the comment section for the photo that "you" took the picture and provided it so kindly.

I was so excited when I realized....because I have been trying to tie in the family members to their parents for other researchers....that I jumped first...when I should have asked your permission first. If I overstepped bounds by doing so, please forgive me and I will delete immediately. God Bless YOU and yours.... From Lexington, South Carolina....Marie
Added by Maria Williams Murrah on Oct 04, 2016 8:24 AM
Viola Goytan
Please delete pictures from 105071358 and the correct memorial the pictures belong on is 105071359.
Thank you.
Added by SFLondon on Oct 03, 2016 11:05 PM
Marchi photos
Thank you for providing these photos
Added by Jeremy on Oct 02, 2016 5:43 PM
Tom Nelson
RE: Arthur Ross Brown in Holy Cross, Colma
Yes, I had discussed that cemetery database on the message I posted to your contributor's page on Sept.21. Here is the text:

"RE: Mary Brown
Thank you SO much, Gerry. First, it's too bad that there's no easy way to update the cemetery page for Holy Cross, Colma with the information about that great website. Perhaps you could send an email to asking them to do it?

But, anyway, I used that website and, instead of entering any name data, just input the plot data for Arthur. And guess what? I found his mother Mary!! She did remarry and is buried under the surname Wagnon. And mother and son are buried in the exact same grave. Hmmm . . . I have input the edit/sacs for both Arthur and Mary re the plot data but did not input a photo request for Mary since that would, I guess, duplicate the one for Arthur which you so kindly claimed. And I didn't want anyone else to claim it!

Thanks again for all your help here. Now I have to take action to enhance her rather bare page. Have a great week!

Tom in Kansas City, Missouri
Added by Tom Nelson on Sep 21, 2016 1:02 PM"

And that's how I discovered just who was buried in the adjacent graves.

But as to requesting photos for Michael and Ernest? Well, we know that Michael's grave isn't marked; at least I can't see a marker in your "context" pic; and I really don't need or want to request one for Ernest. My interest was really confined to Arthur Ross Brown and his mother. And, thanks to you, we have covered that.

I recently created a page for Mary Wagnon's widower Roy Willard Wagnon. It is still, of course, a work in progress!

Thanks yet again, Tom
Added by Tom Nelson on Oct 01, 2016 11:19 AM
Lori Barbarus
Iva Barbarus photo
Thank you, Gerry, for taking the photos of my grandparents' (Nicholas too) grave marker. I was surprised to see her name along the side of her brother's & pleased at the same time.
With my sincere appreciation, Lori
Added by Lori Barbarus on Oct 01, 2016 12:14 AM
Tom Nelson
Arthur Ross Brown in Holy Cross, Colma
Thank you so much, Gerry Jean, for that great photo. I was concerned that, given the circumstances of his life and death, there would be no marker whatsoever. And his mother? I guess that her coffin or cremation urn was simply buried on top of her son's coffin and not marked.

As you know, they are buried in Plot 10. Michael J. Dwyer is in plot 9 and Ernest W. Vogelgesang is in plot 11. Do you happen to remember who is in that marked grave next to Arthur in your "context" photo? Just curious. You could, if you wanted, upload that context photo to either or both of those memorials. Here is the page for Michael and here is the page for Ernest. Just a thought.

And thanks again. Tom in Kansas City, Missouri
Added by Tom Nelson on Sep 30, 2016 10:26 AM
Harrell Parker
Jesse and Majorie Cecil
Thank you so much for posting the pictures. You did that fast. Again, hope you have a GREAT day and a GREAT weekend.
Added by Harrell Parker on Sep 30, 2016 8:31 AM
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