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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 19 days
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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 22% 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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Can you please add the image thats on 105549103 onto 105116239?
Thank you.
Added by SFLondon on Mar 22, 2017 11:16 PM
Ms. Clyde
Please check the photo you left on this memorial; might belong elsewhere. Thanks!
Added by Ms. Clyde on Mar 13, 2017 8:25 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Annie Demates
Tom, you're absolutely right ... thx for the fix! I've been confined to my bed/house for at least 10 days now with the super allergy "bug" that's hitting a lot of Bay Area folk ... tain't fun! I'm still so curious about that question I posed to you here re Arthur Sullivan's grave position in my context photo. I had hoped to go out there & check myself but, alas, been sleeping in a spare bedroom (keeping that coughing, etc. away from my dear wife). If you're by that way, please it if another look-see.
Added by Gerry Jean on Mar 11, 2017 7:46 PM
Bryan Anderson
RE: Harry Wilbur Fidler
Will do, as is my policy.

Thank you!

Added by Bryan Anderson on Mar 09, 2017 9:28 AM
Bryan Anderson
Harry Wilbur Fidler
Dear Tom,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the History and Roster of the 355th Infantry, Harry Wilbur Fidler was a member of this unit. This is partially confirmed by his gravestone. My grandfather's name was Gunder Anderson.

I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with my project, but I want to eventually publish something. So, with your permission, I would like to use your photograph of the grave of Harry Wilbur Fidler (Find A Grave Memorial# 3573895). Please let me know if this would be acceptable.

Thank you, I appreciate your time.

With warm regards,

Bryan Anderson
Added by Bryan Anderson on Mar 08, 2017 2:26 PM
Richard Hanning 66599356
I just realized that you are the kind person who took an updated photo of my cousin Richard's gravestone at Golden Gate National. I had awhile back asked GGN if they would replace my cousins badly scarred gravestone and now I can see that they did it for me! I have left the two on his memorial for side by side comparison. Thanks again for your time and documentation
Added by spicycarnations on Mar 04, 2017 1:43 PM
Marie Antoinette Newman 166712928 and John Francis Newman 166712982
Would you kindly transfer these two memorials to myself as they are the brother and sister of my Aunt Joan. She had no idea that they were already on Find A Grave. I have already linked them up with their mother. Thank you kindly.
Added by spicycarnations on Mar 04, 2017 1:36 PM
Gerry Jean
RE: Arthur Sullivan
Tom, there doesn't seem to be any doubt that your photos are correct .... based on Arthur's name & dates. You noted that your photos are next to the ones I took, which also clearly shows the V-60-160 location on the headstone's base. My "context" photo doesn't show any Sullivan headstone near the one I took. Where is his marker?
Added by Gerry Jean on Mar 04, 2017 11:33 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Harold Hoffman
Tom, I should have included a "modifier" of sorts in my messages .... they were directed in a general way to the Find A Grave philosophy: is it more request-based or more toward having every grave site accounted for with a photo ..... regardless if anyone is even aware of the deceased?
Added by Gerry Jean on Feb 24, 2017 6:14 PM
Gerry Jean
RE: Harold Hoffman
Therein lies the basic dilemma: Uploading photos without first looking at the memorial page to see if a photo has already been posted by, in my case, someone fulfilling a request. Is the primary reason that Find A Grave exists is to "shotgun" photos regardless if requests exist or is it to fulfill a specific requestor's need to add to a deceased's history? It's frustrating for me to spend time searching the cemetery to fulfill a request only to find that the photo has been uploaded without anyone being notified; because there's no request, there's no one for Find A Grave to notify. So the solution seems to be that you should look at the memorial page before you post.
Added by Gerry Jean on Feb 24, 2017 12:15 PM
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