The current Holy Cross Cemetery started as a town cemetery in the late 1860s. It was purchased by the Church of the Nativity and converted to a Roman Catholic cemetery in 1883.
When Stanford University moved those interred in St. Denis's Catholic Cemetery, many of the bodies were moved to Holy Cross. There is a historical plaque near the entrance commemorating those burials.
Holy Cross is still an active cemetery with up to 100 burials a year. The interment register includes over 5400 names.
A quick walk through the grounds reveals names with a multitude of origins....Italian, Samoan, Irish,Tongan, Mexican and many more. Like many of the older cemeteries there are some unique plots and tombstones reflecting the mix of cultures.
Interment.net lists burials through 2005 provided by Fred Kemmerle and FindAGrave lists 4191 burials with 90% having photographs, and the burials
Cemetery Records, which may include: date of death, place of death, date of burial, date of birth or age, place of birth, parish from which the person was buried, and mortuary, can be obtained by submitting a Genealogy Request Form.The cost is $35. The website reminds us that cemetery information does not include maiden names, children, or death certificates. The mortuary might, however, have that type of information if it is included in the cemetery records.
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The Cemetery Office is located at Saint Raymond Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park 650-323-6375