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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 98% photographed, with fewer than 2700 inscriptions to be photographed.

Since March 2015, I have been photographing the markers in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California. Only 10% 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 G: Section F has also been photographed but the photos need to be posted. 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.

Section 2B: The northwestern end contains a large percentage of infants and young children.

To be photographed: The half of Section CA nearest the main entrance (Sections CA-17 and CA-18 are also not done).


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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Juanita Arnold
Military Stones
These stones have now been covered up in Missouri. This issue has now been resolved.They were defective stones.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Aug 28, 2015 10:29 AM
cynthia mullens
RE: Andrew Nuzum
You're welcome!

Added by cynthia mullens on Aug 23, 2015 3:12 PM
Andrew Butterly Tombstone
Many thanks for taking the time to retrieve a photo of Andrew Francis Butterly's tombstone for me. I was hoping to come up to San Francisco to do photography of many cemeteries where my ancestors were buried but I had a medical setback with a pinch nerve in my lower back. You save me a trip. I live in Los Angeles. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Added by CindyLulu on Aug 22, 2015 1:25 PM
Jan A
RE: # 3650480
Tom, thank you for double checking to see if his stone is there, that is all I needed. As for the military stones - when they become damaged etc, they are to be destroyed and not given out or sold to just anyone. A family member may end up with them, but a man nowhere near that state or not related - should NOT just end up with stones like this man has. The stones on his property have come from several states from California to Conn and down to Texas. I and others are looking into it, but all I wanted to do was verify that your photo was correct and up to date... and thank you for that. Jan
Added by Jan A on Aug 17, 2015 4:31 AM
Juanita Arnold
Military rumor
What I have been able to find out so far, is they maybe duplicate stones, irregardless if they all are they should of been destroyed. Looks like they have a lot of people on it. And they are going to get the GPS coordinates for the house. That's what I know so far. Some of the stones on Find A Grave look like newer stones.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Aug 16, 2015 7:24 PM
Michael Hague
Marino Tognetti, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Colma
Mine is not the duplicate memorial. See creation dates. Please in the future would you send a link or memorial # to the other memorial. Thanks.... Michael

Marino Tognetti
Created by: Michael Hague
Record added: Jul 22, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 133163939

Marino Tognetti
Created by: Rick Donaldson
Record added: Jul 29, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 133538040

Added by Michael Hague on Aug 16, 2015 5:59 PM
Jan A
RE: # 3650480
Tom, where there are duplicate stones created - it is hard to call that a rumor. It could be that the family realized the stone is missing - and got the VA to get a new one to replace it. I've seen the photos online showing the same stone, I was just checking to see if this stone was there or not. I'm retired military and won't just brush this off as a rumor - not when I've seen that same photo of multiple missing stones in one photo and that same photo posted on Find A Grave.

Thanks for the info on # 3650480. Jan
Added by Jan A on Aug 16, 2015 5:45 AM
Juanita Arnold
Military rumor
Thank you Tom! For finding out that the rumor is false! Thanks for going to the grave site for Joseph Woodworth and his wife. I made a friend request to Ed. But have not heard from him. If he accepts, I will tell him it is false.

Thanks so much!
Added by Juanita Arnold on Aug 15, 2015 11:22 AM
Jan A
# 3650480
Tom, you took a photo of a military footer in 2014, can you tell me if it is STILL there? Rumor is going around about some military footers being stolen and this name is one of them. Many thanks. Jan
Added by Jan A on Aug 15, 2015 5:56 AM
Juanita Arnold
Joseph Woodworth
It would be a terrible thing if it is a rumor. We're just trying to confirm whether it is or not. The picture shows about a hundred military stones used as steps and a walkway. The only thing I know for sure is the military only pays for one stone and the stones that I see in Ed's picture clearly shows Joseph and his wife. Also on the ones that I could read came from all over the country. I looked on the military grave locator for cemetery burials. I believe you put your picture up in Jan 2014. So if it is true it happened sometime between then and now. Thank you for help in trying to clear up this mystery.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Aug 14, 2015 8:04 PM
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