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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
 member for 5 years, 2 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 18% of the 355,000 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 B, F, and G: 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.


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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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
Gerry Jean
Harold Hoffman
I claimed this request on Feb. 14, 2017 ..... you updated it on the 16th. I just returned from Holy Cross and it always irks me when Find A Grave protocol isn't followed ..... I'm going to upload my photos anyway!
Added by Gerry Jean on Feb 23, 2017 6:35 PM
cynthia mullens
RE: Perry Nuzum
You're welcome. We are having the oddest winter. It was in the upper 60s yesterday. It's almost too warm to walk for extended periods out in the open in February this year. How odd.
Added by cynthia mullens on Feb 21, 2017 7:44 AM


There is a photo on Margaret's husband's entry that does show her having a stone. Possibly the plot numbers are off? I'm thinking that the photo you uploaded should be removed since the other entry shows one with an inscription? Just a thought. Thank you for all your had work in Holy Cross!
Added by Athanatos on Feb 20, 2017 2:50 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
RE: George & Helen Cameron
Thank you Tom --- you are the best!!
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Feb 11, 2017 4:08 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
RE: George & Helen Cameron
I can always count on you Tom! Thanks for straightening this out and letting me know of the mix up! I always appreciate you and the amazing work you do for Find A Grave....

Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Feb 10, 2017 12:57 PM
PJH / Angelbird
RE: Elizabeth Dillon #113140828
Thanks for getting back to me and the explanation. Regards, PJH
Added by PJH / Angelbird on Feb 07, 2017 9:33 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
George & Helen Cameron
Thanks Tom for taking time to send correct cemetery information and grave locations for both of them. I appreciate your hard work so much! I wonder if people have any idea how much you have contributed to Find A Grave. You are an amazing Find A Grave member and deserve thanks from many!
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Feb 07, 2017 1:07 PM
PJH / Angelbird
Elizabeth Dillon #113140828
Hi - did you mean to put a photo of Mary Maloney's headstone on Elizabeth Dillon's memorial page? Regards, PJH
Added by PJH / Angelbird on Feb 07, 2017 12:14 PM
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