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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 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 23% of the 355,000 markers there have been photographed. Many of the burials are reinterments from the now defunct Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco. I am currently posting photographs in Section V: For Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery the San Francisco Genealogy website is invaluable:

I 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.


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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RE: Headstone GELY Paul & Maria
Good Morning Tom

Thank you for your reply.

Here some additional information :

Paul Gely was born in France, Nov. 11th, 1874, in Drulhe, little village in the Department of Aveyron France

Maria maiden name Touron, was born on Jan. 6th, 1878 in Decazeville, little town in the department of Aveyron, France,

I found other French relatives ( FIGEAC ) buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, but not sure you were the person who took the pictures.

Greetings from France


Yves F.

Added by Yves FIGEAC on Jun 22, 2017 12:04 AM
RE: Lela Christene Galovich
Thank You so much Tom!! I will take good care of her Memorial. So many great memories!!
Added by YWhite on Jun 21, 2017 9:22 PM
Lela Christene Galovich
Hi Tom - Can you please turn the management of the memorial for Lela Christene Galovich # 136469776 over to me for management. She was my grandmother. My dad's mom. Many great memories of her I would like to update her memorial.
My contributor #49283263
Thank you
Added by YWhite on Jun 21, 2017 9:02 PM
Gerry Jean
RE: Charles H Beardsley HCCC
O.k. .... deleted! (Note that SFLondon also posted a photo similar to yours this past March.)
Added by Gerry Jean on Jun 21, 2017 7:32 AM
William Mills
RE: James Wilson Orndorff
Thanks Tom! That is very helpful - I appreciate your effort in finding that.
Added by William Mills on Jun 21, 2017 7:18 AM
Headstone GELY Paul & Maria
Message from France

Thank you for the photo, may I attach it in my family tree ?
Thank you also for the work done !
Added by Yves FIGEAC on Jun 21, 2017 6:34 AM
William Mills
James Wilson Orndorff
Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. Does the photo that you uploaded, have a connection to Orndorff? Is there some mix-up with the plot info?
Added by William Mills on Jun 20, 2017 10:20 AM
Pamela Greenwood
James D Lemon Golden Gate National Cemetery
I appreciate your generous work in taking and posting these photos. James is a newly discovered 3rd cousin of mine. May I have your permission to use the photo on my family tree, with credit to you as photographer and Find A Grave contributor?
~Thank you!

Added by Pamela Greenwood on Jun 14, 2017 2:15 AM
Tom Spiegel
Richard Weiss
Thank you
Added by Tom Spiegel on Jun 13, 2017 3:14 PM
Tom Spiegel
Richard Weiss
Hi. Would you mind if I used one of your headstone photos on my tree? I will of course give you credit as the photographer. Thank s
Added by Tom Spiegel on Jun 13, 2017 1:50 PM
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