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Nancy Poppin Umland (#46816302)
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Bio Photo I am of Russian descent and have primarily focused my interest on the Russian Molokans. They settled on Potrero Hill in San Francisco and many are buried at the Russian Sectarian Cemetery in Colma, CA; I have also located many at Olivet Memorial Park and Vacaville, CA.

There is a Russian Molokan message board ( where I have made posts of news articles, obituaries, historical information and much more.

I am a native of San Francisco, CA.

I've always liked cemeteries and hope I can help other people locate their ancestors graves. I love doing research and would be willing to help anyone with information or pictures.

I don't consider snapshots I take of a grave or a family photo I upload to be copyrighted or owned by me. I understand the importance of wanting a copy of a grave to attach to someone in your family tree. If it's been uploaded by me, I've done it to share with others. I don't mind someone copying the photos and I also have no problem emailing any pictures or documents I have that someone would like.

If I go to a cemetery, I try to take pictures of as many graves as possible and upload pictures to existing memorials or set up memorials if there isn't one, in hopes of it helping a family member locate them. I'm happy to do any updates that you want and don't hesitate to ask for transfers. Just use the Suggest a Correction link on the desired memorial. If they mean something to you, then you are probably better able to give them the best memorial possible.
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Steve Jones
RE: Dabovich
You are welcome. Is he any relation to Ruby L or Dana Dabovich who are buried near him?
Added by Steve Jones on Jan 27, 2016 8:46 AM
Margie Camomile
RE: Vukelich
No, that's okay.
vukelich is who my blood relative married AFTER he was married to the Russian lady. So I don't have deep ties to this man.
I was just updating so the parents and children would go across the files.
Thank you,
Added by Margie Camomile on Jan 15, 2016 8:28 PM
Donald John Gregoroff
RE: Jean Haprov Gregoroff
Hello cousin-in-law,

I would love anything you have regarding my father and mother(Jean).

My father died February 1, 2005 at the age of 85, He was buried in Woodville Public Cemetary Woodville California. He resided in Lindsay, California where he passed away. She was buried later near him as I heard. My mother Jean was his first wife.

As to my baboonya Ganya, all I remember(I was a kid at the time) is she lived with her daughter Nellie, aunt Nellie's son Johnny and my mother who had Hodgkin's disease when she passed.

As to the unfinished statement, I have no happy memories of my childhood and life with stepmom. When my father passed, I went to Lindsay and stepmom's sister Nellie Ramzoff asked me "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?" Too many other bad memories to discuss.

Yes, you and I are about a year apart as my DOB is 10/14/47. And by the way, my wife Sunny is Nee-Nash per molokans, and I have two loving children; Charlene Jean Gregoroff 1/23/78 and Jason Ryan Gregoroff 10/17/87 (almost a birthday gift to me.

Thank you for your time and response,

Donald Gregoroff

Added by Donald John Gregoroff on Jan 03, 2016 1:01 PM
Donald John Gregoroff
Jean Haprov Gregoroff
Hello, above is my mother's name which is incorrectly reported on the site. Can you please help with this matter. Some in I found on the net:
John G Gregoroff, 1919 - 2005
John G Gregoroff was born on May 29 1919.
John lived in Lindsay, California 93247, USA.
John passed away on February 1 2005, at age 85.

John G Gregoroff was born circa 1919, to George N Gregoroff and Jennie Slivkoff.
John married Jean Haprov on month day 1945, at age 26 at marriage place, California.
my mother is buried at molokon cemetary city of commerce;
John G. Gregoroff, 1919 - 2005
John G. Gregoroff was born on May 29 1919.
John married Dorothy Gregoroff.
John passed away on February 1 2005, at age 85.
He was buried in Woodville Public Cemetery, Woodville, California, United States.
unfortunately, my stepmother.....

You have her listed as Jennie but her name was Jean, all the other's are my uncles and aunts.
Parents: Alex Ivan Haprov (1886-1926) and Ganya Vasillievna Felix Nevarov (1884-after 1926)
Children: Jack, Nellie, William, John, Morris, Anna, Jennie, Alex, Harry

This is a link I believe to my mother's tombstone: .

Thank you for your help,
Don Gregoroff
Added by Donald John Gregoroff on Jan 02, 2016 5:17 PM
Lexie Harvey
RE: Kobzeff
Yes Nancy, please do feel free to use any photos i have posted for your family album. I did post them in a fairly good DPI resolution, but i do have extra hi res files if you want a copy, let me know.
And yes the family files and links you sent me helped me a lot. I was able to add and verify names and births-deaths and cemetery burial locations.
Added by Lexie Harvey on Dec 23, 2015 12:01 AM
Kurt Hess
RE: Marta Papin

Good, I did not make the connection between the names. Transfer the record back to me and I will delete it.

I like your work on the records. It would be nice if they all could be as complete as yours. :-)

Is Kars in the same region as (Lake) Urmia? I have acquaintances that say they are Assyrian that came from Urmia. Time to get out the maps.

Oh. My daughter lives out on North Beale road. Small world!

Talk soon,


Added by Kurt Hess on Nov 29, 2015 4:16 PM
Kurt Hess
Marta Papin
Hi Nancy,

I came across an entry for Marta Papin in the cemetery record at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. She was not entered yet. I have created and transferred her record to you, as you are much more familiar with the Molokan community. I will stop by the cemetery on Monday and take pictures.

I read in your bio about your interest and I have seen Molokan burials in the Wheatland/Sheridan area of California along highway 65. My relatives also farmed in that area. Once upon a time, I was talking with Millie Cheechov, and she mentioned traveling with her family to visit people there.

I grew up in Vacaville and went to school with Steve Papin, the younger. I see him at class reunions yearly. My father and I used to talk with Mike Papin over dinner at a restaurant, occasionally.

I get to the cemetery on a weekly basis, let me know if I can help with anything. We only have about 1,000 more records to enter to get them all started. Those should be all started in a couple more weeks.


Added by Kurt Hess on Nov 29, 2015 12:14 PM
Lexie Harvey
Relatives info
Hello Nancy,
I am building my family Tree. I see your comment that Alex Jack Volkov was married to your first cousin Vera (who i remember from my childhood). Alex was my uncle (his sister Mary Volkov was my mom). If you could email me i have a few questions on ancestry. You do a great job BTW on all the info on your web site!
Added by Lexie Harvey on Nov 23, 2015 8:50 PM
Four Directions
James & Barbara Popoff
Nancy,would you like to manage memorials for

James William Popoff # 153110025

Barbara Louise Scarborough Popoff # 153110024

I noticed that you created memorials for both of their parents.

Added by Four Directions on Oct 01, 2015 2:34 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
Gudaulpe Cemetery
Hi Nancy, i have returned from my trip to Mexico. I managed to photograph all the headstones located in the Guadalupe Valley cemetery. I will begin posting the ones i can however many of the old ones are completely in Russian and i need help translating them. Also i spoke to my Uncle and Matvey Bucaroff and Proskovia Klubniken Bucaroff did infact come over from Russia and are buried in Guadalupe. I have photos i thought to be them with my grandmother and her siblings and my uncles confirmed it for me. The siblings i know of are Anna, Dunya, Maria, Vasili, Nicholi, Mikhail, Alex and Ivan.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Jul 28, 2015 2:04 PM
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