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Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey (#47784539)
 member for 4 years, 7 months, 16 days
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Bio Photo Long-time lecturer of writing and women's studies at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. I am an addictive reader, am interested in geneaology, folk music and sacred harp, and am an Anglican, guitar player, singer, guardian of two rescue dogs and mother of a beautiful adult son.

I enjoy walking in cemeteries and have made it a personal project to photograph and record the headstones of military personnel in addition to requests in local cemeteries, in honor of their service and the service of my father, stepfather, and uncles in World War II and Korea, friends from Viet Nam, and students from the Gulf Wars and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. If any of these service persons or others I have added are family members and/or you wish to manage their memorials, just let me know. I am happy to transfer.

Anyone who wants to use my photos in their family tree, on Findagrave, or any other site may do so without my permission.

I am primarily a volunteer photographer and often am unrelated to the people whose memorials I make, so I am happy to transfer. I am doing this work to honor what would otherwise be lost lives, to make visible what has been forgotten.

I would very much appreciate tributes of love to the memorial of a baby whose heartbreaking obituary I found in a newspaper from 1926, and another from a death record:

Baby John Doe: 136921616

and to a young girl who had a hard life and a brief stay in this world: Rene Holley 145768090

Heartfelt thanks to all those who have already added notes--you mean more than I can say.
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Leanne M. Meyer
RE: Elizabeth grzegorzweski pic
Thanks. I live in Michigan, so rely on others to take photos. Feel free to add any others you wish.

Added by Leanne M. Meyer on Dec 03, 2016 11:12 AM
Tom Lau
RE: posted photo for Robert Ferner
Thank you for the Ferner grave photos.
Added by Tom Lau on Dec 03, 2016 6:37 AM
Chris Finch
RE: Strausbaughs headed your way
Thank you. Will be a good guardian until closer relatives request transfers. Will review info currently in the family tree for additional info to post. C.Finch, Strausbaugh descendant.
Added by Chris Finch on Nov 28, 2016 8:17 PM
RE: Beautiful job on Kerr's memorial
I did find his wife and his son and both of the memorials are on F-a-G. I put the memorial numbers in his bio but didn't link them. From reading the newspaper articles I am not sure they would wish to be linked. I was fortunate that Leavenworth sent me the entire prisoner file for a few dollars. It included the photo, all the interactions, a handwritten letter from Frank and a request for a copy of the file from the second prison. His family was very well-to-do. He went to medical school then seems to have gone off the rails with the divorce. I have always loved the photo of my great-great grandfather and Frank as boys. It was a mystery as to what happened to him. Happy to have solved it.
Added by DNealeDE on Nov 22, 2016 3:18 PM
RE: George Kerr headed your way
I have updated the memorial if you want to take a look. The top photo is Frank and my great-grandfather (yes, that is a boy). I looked for Frank Kerr and could never even find a birthdate. I did find a birth record for a George Kerr with the right parents/right year but I wasn't positive it was him. It wasn't until I got that I found out what happened. The prisoner file from Leavenworth had a file transfer request from another prison for Frank Kerr's file in relation to a George Kerr they had in their prison. I was finally able to confirm they were one and the same: memorial #98374566

Thank you again for the transfer!
Added by DNealeDE on Nov 21, 2016 4:46 PM
George Kerr
Thank you very much for the transfer!
Added by DNealeDE on Nov 21, 2016 3:11 PM
RE: Richard Humphreys photo
You are welcome and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Added by MrL600 on Nov 21, 2016 12:35 PM
Art Block
RE: kesiah Myrice, Texas Cemetery, texas, OH
Thanks so much for looking. I really like your "Unmarked Grave" graphic. Best, Art Block
Added by Art Block on Nov 11, 2016 2:19 PM
4th Michigan Infantry
RE: check out 56955437 David Tilden Crozier
Hi Cynthia,
Though the memorial was for a a soldier who fought in The Spanish American War, and not the Civil War, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness in contacting me. People like you make Find-A-Grave so much better.

Added by 4th Michigan Infantry on Nov 06, 2016 1:10 AM
RE: Samuel Maltz
Thank you for clearing up the point on the cemetery name. It would be find if you wanted to transfer them to me. I also do what you do and just take photos in local cemeteries to post.d

Thank you for all you do.


Added by MBW on Oct 31, 2016 9:38 AM
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