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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo Hello!

Why I joined Find-a-Grave
I joined this site as a way to honor people who have passed away and to share the family history information that can be found on grave markers.

Why I'm scaling back on Find-a-Grave
A fundamental flaw in Find-a-Grave is the "contributor controls all" approach to the memorials. Many of my relatives memorials are "held hostage" by contributors who refuse to allow edits by actively declining all requests. A much better model would be to eliminate "autocratic control" of memorials and make the site more collaborative.

I would like to transfer any memorials where I am not closely related. If you want a memorial, simply ask me and it will be transferred to you.

If you have information that could be added to one of my Find-A-Grave memorials please click the "Edit" button on the memorial and I'll gladly add the additional information. Then I'll transfer that memorial to you as well (unless I'm a close relative).

SSN Death Index: what it doesn't mean
The SSN Death Index provides information based on a person's social security account. But it does not provide "place of death." Instead, it provides the location of a person's last known residence. Death location can be obtained from a death certificate or possibly an obituary. So please do not provide a "place of death" based on the "location" reported by the SSN Death Index.

Photo Tips
Often it is impossible to take a gravestone photo that shows both the entire stone and also results in readable information. I recommend deciding what you're trying to do: if you want the grave marker to be readable, zoom in close so that the text is as large as possible. If you want the whole marker to be visible, zoom out, but don't waste a lot of vertical or horizontal space showing bare dirt or grass (one patch of soil or grass looks like another). A great approach is to take two photos: one showing the whole marker and another that provides a close-up of the text. I recommend setting your camera to the maximum resolution available and then using photo editing software to crop away unneeded parts of the photo and resizing the remaining image so that it does not exceed Find-a-Grave's standards. Oh, and unless you're taking photos at night, or the marker is in part shade, part sun, you should avoid using a flash. All the flash does is wash out your photo and, often, create an unpleasant bounce-back of light in one spot.

And about those digital date/time stamps...imagine Ansel Adams's "Moon and Half Dome" - but with the orange digits "3/13/1960 1:28 P.M." plastered across the front! Those digital dates are ugly and unnecessary "features" considering the date/time is already encoded into the "meta tags" found in the photo properties.

My photographs
Sorry to get into legalese, but at one time, a find-a-grave member duplicated a memorial I created, then stole my photo and posted it on their duplicate and on some other memorials.

Per US Copyright law, as the original photographer of the grave marker photos I've added to Find-a-Grave, I am the copyright holder and the sole arbiter of the allowable uses of my photos.

My photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License

What the license means is that I am granting you permission to use my photos for any purpose you wish but if you want to re-publish a photo on another website or in a book or periodical, you may do so only if you give credit to me as the original source and copyright holder. A good way to do that is to say: "Photo Courtesy of D.D. Thompson, Find-a-Grave Volunteer." You could also include a hyperlink to the Find-a-Grave memorial where you found the photo, but that's optional.

Since I spent my own time and money to drive to graveyards and take these photos, some form of acknowledgment of where the photo came from is only fair. Thanks!
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Messages left for D. D. Thompson (221)[Leave Message]
Thanks for the Transfer
I completely agree with you about folks holding memorials "hostage." Thank you for transferring Daniel and Maude Mosher's memorials to me. Blessings to you!
Added by Anne on Mar 29, 2015 4:45 AM
Rachel G
Bonita & Walter Nelson
Thanks for the surprise transfers of my family members! It does seem like people who don't play by the rules have invaded this site recently and they can be nasty. I wish you the best.

Rachel G
Added by Rachel G on Mar 29, 2015 3:55 AM
David Haspert
John F Etzel
Thank you very much for the transfer of the John Etzel memorial. It is very much appreciated. - Dave
Added by David Haspert on Mar 29, 2015 1:50 AM
Hernandez Family
Pearl Mills and Loris Marquardt
I just wanted to thank you for transferring my wifes Great aunt and aunts memorials over to us. Your very kind, have a blessed weekend. Warm Regards, Manuel & Sarah Hernandez
Added by Hernandez Family on Mar 29, 2015 1:19 AM
Ricketts Memorials
Thank you for the transfer. It is much appreciated.
Added by gr8hobby on Mar 28, 2015 11:05 PM
C Dunham
Charles & Hazel Olson
Thank you for the transfer of their memorials.
Thank you for all of your hard work and time in putting the memorials in and their pictures.
Added by C Dunham on Mar 28, 2015 9:29 PM
Carole Lee Alexander
Lester and Rebecca McElmurry
Thank you for the transfer of Lester and Rebecca to my account. Carole Lee Alexander
Added by Carole Lee Alexander on Mar 28, 2015 7:56 PM
Stephenie Flora
Transfer of buial
I just notification that you transferred the following memorial to me. It is not something I requested so I think someone gave you a wrong account number.
Find A Grave contributor D. D. Thompson has transferred the Find A Grave memorial for Cyntha Lewis to your account.
Link to memorial:
Added by Stephenie Flora on Mar 28, 2015 5:47 PM
Norm Prince
A thank you for the transfers as well as agreement with most responders just prior to me as to your frustration and also your great efforts, which were a help to my research.
Added by Norm Prince on Mar 28, 2015 5:40 PM
Cockayne Farm
Thanks for the transfer. I agree with all you say about the policies. I think Find A Grave is the loser when someone such as you becomes disillusioned. Many blessings on you and yours. If you ever change your mind and want these memorials back, just ask. Jane Cockayne
Added by Cockayne Farm on Mar 28, 2015 5:26 PM
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