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Doreen W (#47879756)
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I first became interested in our family's genealogy. Then I started collecting old family photos. As my interest grew, I started exploring cemeteries near my hometown, where I learned that tombstones often give valuable information.

Since I found Find a Grave, I have started walking through cemeteries taking pictures of all of the stones. I love the old stones, but they are often hard to read. I take multiple views, then photoshop them to enhance the lettering. I enjoy adding pictures of the tombstones to the memorials. If I don't find entries for the tombstones I have photographed, I add their names to Find a Grave.

You are welcome to copy the photos for your personal use. PLEASE, if you want to put them on or any other website, please give credit to me. All you have to do is mention the Find a Grave memorial number or my name. It upsets me to see someone else take credit for uploading pictures I spent hours collecting or photoshopping.

If you know additional information you would like added to a memorial I created, I would rather transfer management to you than make the changes myself unless they happen to be members of my family.
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Memorial #118742439

Thank you for your good work. I believe that if you look closely at Wilber Dawson's middle initial on the gravestone, you will note that it is "L." rather than "I."

Fred Mussler
Added by fmussler on May 16, 2015 12:19 PM
Bill Roy
RE: Thomas Chantler
Hi Doreen,
Thanks for the quick response. My mother and I met Dorothy back in the 80s in West Farmington. I copied several pictures from her back then. She told us about the Charley Harbison baby story, which my mother was shocked to hear for the first time. As a child, grown-up Charlie visited them occasionally in Oakmont. She sensed from her parents that there was something embarrassing about Charlie, she guessed alcoholism. What a surprise when Dorothy opened the tin container with the chains!

You can find my genealogy page at If you send me your email, I can send a family history I wrote up. My email is

Where exactly do you fit in?

Added by Bill Roy on Apr 06, 2015 9:21 AM
Bill Roy
Thomas Chantler
Dear Doreen,
Thank for your contribution to findagrave. I was especially interested in the photo of Thomas Chantler, my GGG grandfather (through Harriet Chantler m. Absalom Monks -> William J. Monks, m. Serepta McCall -> William Edgar Monks m. Jessie Mae Glenn -> Nona Alice Monks m. James R. Roy -> me.) This is the first time I've ever seen a photo of Thomas Chantler. I'm curious who has the photo and what other photos they may have. I have many photos of more recent generations, which I am happy to share.

Bill Roy
Added by Bill Roy on Apr 05, 2015 3:02 PM
Nancy Hagood
Doreen, thanks for giving permission with your photo credit. I am trying to figure out a family mystery and you have taken 2 pictures of headstones that I believe are brothers....can you read what the words are for them?
81132482 Robert Martin
81180795 John Martin Jackson
Nancy Hagood 47381031
Added by Nancy Hagood on Mar 28, 2015 1:16 AM
D. René
Memorial #119797808
Hi Doreen, Thank you for posting a memorial site for my Grandfather. Would you mind transferring it to me please. I appreciate it so much!

Record added: Nov 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119797808

Thank you,
D. René #48643644
Added by D. René on Jan 25, 2015 7:13 PM
D. René
Hi Doreen, thank you for posting a memorial site for my grandmother. Would you mind transferring it to me please. I appreciate it so much!

Record added: Nov 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119797785

D. René #48643644
Added by D. René on Jan 25, 2015 6:58 PM
Debbie Shirley
Joseph Shirley
Thanks Doreen for adding Joseph's headstone picture to his memorial
Added by Debbie Shirley on Nov 17, 2014 5:22 PM
H. Hord
Thank you very much for the transfers and very quick response. I sure hope at some point I can improve the quality of this site as much as you have.
Added by H. Hord on Oct 31, 2014 5:44 AM
Texas Genealogy Bug
Martin 120698558 and 120698020 Sarah Belle Austin Adams
Thanks for transferring these to me, I have added some updates.
Added by Texas Genealogy Bug on Sep 07, 2014 5:08 PM
Kathy Moore
Gottfried family in Claridon Cemetery
Hello, Doreen. My name is Kathy Moore. I am distantly related to the Gottfried family and I have a few updates to the Find A Grave memorials for a couple buried in Claridon Cemetery. If you would like to transfer management of these memorials to me, I will be glad to make the updates.

Otherwise, the updates are:

Frank George Gottfried, #120649078
- add birth info: January 5, 1922 in Marion, Marion County, Ohio
- add death info: September 6, 1975 in Marion, Marion County, Ohio
- Add link for father George A. Gottfried, #120649188
- Add link for mother Pearl E. (Durfey) Gottfried, #120649164

Pearl E. Gottfried, #120649164
- add maiden name Durfey

If you would like to transfer management to me, would you please also transfer the memorial for George A. Gottfried, #120649188, as well?

Thanks for your consideration!

-- Kathy.
Added by Kathy Moore on Sep 06, 2014 7:06 PM
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