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Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey (#47784539)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 11 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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Danna Shue-McKinney
RE: Gladys Mapes
Saw that you had done some work at Graham Cemetery near Wayne. I ventured out there yesterday for the first time. Very interesting place. Found a few headstones I was searching for but not all. I will be back. How is your research going? Have been away from it for a bit myself but trying to carve out some time before Summer arrives.
Added by Danna Shue-McKinney on Feb 20, 2017 6:27 AM
Steven Simpson
Joseph B Simpson
This is my 5th. great grandpa I know very little of him.His son John is my 4th ggrandpa and I know where john is buried.Would love to find Joe as well any information you could share would be highly appreciated.I live in Illinois and I'm a retired Marine of 30yrs.served in Viet Nam twice.My wife & I are thinking of going to st.marys cemetery this spring. Thank you Steven E simpson. My email
Added by Steven Simpson on Feb 10, 2017 10:10 AM
Penny H
RE: ps. Paul
I asked my mother and she said he was in the Army but was never deployed to Korea.

Again, thank you for all of your dedication to find a grave and genealogy.

Best regards,
Penny Asmus Hauge
Added by Penny H on Feb 03, 2017 10:04 AM
Penny H
RE: could you add a photo?
Dr. Mahaffey,

Thank you for all of your work on find a grave. I appreciate the countless hours you have spent adding photos and updating. Thank you.

Ruth Barbara Schmitz Graham Klopfenstein was my maternal grandmother. Her first name was Ruth. Her brother was Paul Schmitz find a grave number 93782752 in Mendota, Illinois.

No need to transfer and I appreciate all you do in the Northwest Ohio area.

Best regards,
Penny Asmus Hauge
Added by Penny H on Jan 31, 2017 5:56 PM
Colin Baird
RE: Request for photo
Shucks. tweren't nuthin, Maam.
Added by Colin Baird on Jan 30, 2017 5:28 PM
Colin Baird
RE: Request for photo
Your wish is my command, Cynthia. The deed is done. I'm as fine as frog hair, and life is wonderful.

Added by Colin Baird on Jan 30, 2017 1:29 PM
RE: Col. and Mrs. Baker
Happy to help
Added by Frogman on Jan 23, 2017 9:37 AM
RE: George Heinl
I was just starting out in genealogy when Skip made his comment!
No ancestry subscription, still don't have one, but I sure found free sites and several real nice people at many cemetery offices.
Also one real nice person who helped me get obits from the Toledo Blade which just sent me finding more for Skip.
Added by sec412 on Dec 27, 2016 1:07 PM
George Heinl
I think it was the beauty of the marker that stopped me & inspired me to take a photo.
I was walking the cemetery with my significant other at the time.
He has a lot of 'relatives' buried in this cemetery.
As of right now I don't remember if George is a part of his family.
He challenged me saying I wouldn't be able to find info for a family tree for him.
I did surprise him & had him walking several cemeteries in the area.
Sadly to say he passed away last year.
Added by sec412 on Dec 27, 2016 12:28 PM
Sarah Quinn
RE: Just checking in
I truly enjoy your kind messages. You lift my spirits so much. I am still waiting to move but I am on the list. The weather here is so warm for December. No snow for us. I hope you are staying happy and well. I think of you often dear friend.Sarah.
Added by Sarah Quinn on Dec 26, 2016 7:26 PM
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