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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Holy Cross - Colma

On Thursday, April 7, 1887 the San Francisco Chronicle (p.8) reported on the new cemetery for the Catholic Dead at McMahon's Station.

The 300 acre cemetery which was originally part of the Buri Buri Rancho had been purchased by Bishop Riordan the previous year.

On 7 Jun 1887 Timothy Buckley was the first to be buried in the cemetery.

Click here for entire article has images of the Registers of Burials in Holy Cross for the years 1887-Jan 1911 which give you name, death date and burial place.  You will also find registers of removals from Calvary Cemetery to Holy Cross for the years 1887-1939.  These registers supply name, original date of death and new burial place.  Most of the burials and removals in the registers will be found in the Grave Locator also available on

FindAGrave lists over 350,000 burials in Holy Cross, however, only 7% have been photographed.

This is a wonderful cemetery to visit.  Ornate monuments and crypts grab your attention at every glance as you wander over the well manicured grounds.   Use the Grave Locator and section maps, which are available on the cemetery's website or in the office, for easy navigation by car and foot. 

There is room here to inter the Catholic Dead for at least another 100 years.

1500 Mission Road
(650) 756-2060

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