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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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Dee Green
RE: John Bogdonoff
Thank you, Nancy. I'm appreciate your kind comments. If I can't find an obituary to "tell the person's story", I try to find out as much as I can using and other online research tools.

We went to the cemetery to pay our respects to my husband's aunt and uncle, Andy and Gene Ericksen. They are in the same section where John and a lot of other veterans are so I just started taking pictures (I have a soft spot for our vets).

I am going to happily transfer John to your care since you are related.

Added by Dee Green on Jun 30, 2015 10:32 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Anushka Pabloff
Hi Nancy it is a good question. I thought that myself but had been a bit confused. When i originally saw this memorial it was with one for Rodion Pabloff and they are next to each other. The thing is i translated Onya M Pabloff's headstone which could also be called Anuska. she is in Mexico but Rodion is buried in the Molokan cemetery in Commerce Ca. There were a set of twins who died together. I will have all the answers after i return from mexico the end of next month.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Jun 19, 2015 10:29 PM
Eric Ackerman
RE: Poppin and Seminoff
If you have not already done so, you may request the sailor's Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For all other service branches besides the Army Air Corps, send a letter to:

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept 107
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5504

Here is an example of the template for the letter that I sent for my uncle Edward Ackermann (Find A Grave Memorial# 24236825).

Dear Sirs,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I should like to request a copy of the Individual Deceased Personnel File for my relative, XXXX XXXX, who died in World War II.

Below is his personal information:

- ASN: (service or serial number)

I realize that this will take some time, and I will be patient. Naturally, I am prepared to pay any costs necessary for the production and mailing of the file. (I was not charged due to I was inquiring on behalf of a relative)

Signature & address

Also, you may be able to request additional records of his service by contacting the National Personnel Records Center or NPRC. You can complete a SF-180 available at and either mail it or fax it to:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Fax: 314-801-9195

The NPRC normally responds to request within ten (10) working days. You can check the status of your request by:

*Request a status update online at

*Calling their Customer Service Center at 314-801-0800 (between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (CT) or

*Calling National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) toll free at 1-866-272-6272, press #2 which will direct you to NPRC

You can obtain more information on NPRC's website at

There is additional information on emergency request and deadlines, call peak times, other methods to obtain records, etc.

In regards to the latter part of your message, I am not aware of any National Guard or Army enlisted personnel on board the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. He may have been stationed in Hawaii at the time of the attack. However, he wouldn't have been on a Navy ship if he was in the Army.

Thank you for all you do on Find-A-Grave!


Added by Eric Ackerman on Jun 18, 2015 2:24 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
Guadalupe Cemetery
I certainly will photograph as much of the cemetery as I possibly can. If you have anyone in particular you would like me to get please let me know. I don't speak Russian but I have a wonderful translator app and both Basillio and Al will be able to help me.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Jun 04, 2015 9:20 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Matvey Buckroff
Hi Nancy. Sorry it took so long for my reply. The information I received on Matvey Bukroff was actually from your records showing he was buried in The Guadalupe Cemetery in Mexico. The Russians did start to move down there about 1907. The Pavloff/Bukroff clans came to California 1st. My Aunt Julia and Uncle Steve were born here, the rest in Mexico. I have family photos of who I believe may be Matvey and Proskovia in Mexico with Onya and Ridion and their children. My Uncle Basillio Pavloff told me the elders in these photos were his grandparents. I do know my tree is a lil twisted because my great grandmother Marina Klubniken Metchnikoff (My grandfathers mother) and Proskovia Klubniken Bukroff (my grandmothers grandma) were infact sisters. I plan to visit Mexico later this month where I will sit down with my Uncle Al Pavloff, who is our family historian and I will be able to have photos identified and find out about his grandparents. I will also be visiting the Guadalupe Cemetery where I will come back with more answers. As I am aware the children are: (not in birth order) 5 boys: Ivan, Nicholi, Mikail, Vasilli, Alex,3 girls: Onya, my great grandma (who u may have as Adolfia, I have never heard this name) Maria Matveena Bukroff Metchnikoff she died in 1979 (who u probably have as Maryuna) she married John Alexei Metchnikoff and Dunya(Julia I have a photo of her too). I do not have death dates for everyone but most are buried in Guadalupe except Vasilli. I will get back to you as I have no idea who is in some of these very old photos.
If you wouldn't mind I would love to have my great grandparents Marina and Ivan Metchnikoff's memorials and any on the Pavloff/Pabloff's you have I think that would be Ridion, Anushka, Pete, and Steve for now. I will let you know about the Bukroff's when I have more info on them. Thank you so much.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Jun 04, 2015 9:03 PM
RE: Updated Info
I married into the Bolotin Family, my husband is Rachele Jacqueline Bolotin Green grandson, I'm from Texas my name is Keri.
Added by txladyjane on Apr 08, 2015 2:49 PM
Updated Info
Hey there Cuz...wanted to know if you got that long updated family information I sent to your email, if not let me know and I will resend...have a wonderful day and blessings!
Added by txladyjane on Apr 08, 2015 7:05 AM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Your grandfather
Thank you so much Nancy. You are a total sweetheart! I've seen all the work you have done for everyone including my family. I most certainly can use and would greatly appreciate any help with the family tree because as I'm sure you've realized can be challenging and gets confusing
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Apr 06, 2015 12:17 AM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
Ridivon corrected
I just realized this is a memorial and not the actual grave? Ok the burial is my great Grandfather Roy Pavlov (same person) as the memorial Ridivon Pabloff. Thank you so much for posting this! My grandmother and most of her siblings were born here when her parents fled Russia and settled in the Valle Guadalupe
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Mar 04, 2015 11:38 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
Ridivon Pabloff
You are correct it is Ridivon or "Roy" and the last name is actually spelled Pabloff which was Pavloff but when coming to Mexico from Russia somehow got changed. I think this is my Grandmother's Grandfather.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Mar 04, 2015 11:35 PM
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