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Danny Grizzle (#47133001)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 25 days
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All pictures I upload to Find A Grave are placed in the public domain. You may use them for any purpose, no credit required. If you would like a high resolution, uncompressed original, just contact me.

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SOAPBOX

With volunteer efforts like Find A Grave, all contributions are appreciated.

At the same time, I have noticed an increasing number of persons expressing displeasure that others would find their contributions valuable in their own family research. Specifically, there seems to be bad blood that photographs posted to Find A Grave would be used elsewhere.

Those of us who do this work know how time consuming it is. I see your statistics and you see mine, but what we cannot see is the hours and days and months spent walking cemeteries and toiling at the computer preparing images, and time spent uploading to Find A Grave.

What concerns me is recently encountering assertions of copyright and encumbrances placed on images. My opinion is, if your generous efforts are truly to honor the deceased and to preserve their memory, then set your images free. Please do not place a tremendous burden upon others who are seeking out their departed to manage usage rights on individual images. This is an impossible hurdle, and a demand that can only lead to hurt feelings.

One contributor noted on their profile that they had pulled all old family photographs from Find A Grave after discovering some had been reposted to Ancestry. Stated reason: "These images are personal to me." Please consider that they are likely personal - and treasured - by other descendants as well.

I am a professional photographer, and images are my livelihood. Even so, the images posted here and elsewhere on genealogical sites, I give absolutely freely for any use whatsoever. So what if I find my images on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch? I consider it an honor that these images are valued by descendants and family members of the deceased, and I realize that the proliferation of these images across multiple websites insures that the records we seek to preserve are most likly to be successful, in that there is redundancy in case of website closures or technical problems that may potentially cause data loss at any given website.

I'm not against credit where credit is due. The solution to this is embedding your creator information into the image metadata before uploading any images to the Internet. You can learn about metadata on Wikipedia, but the process is simple and can be automated.

Final point, these passages from the King James Bible for your consideration:

Matthew 10:8 - Freely ye have received, freely give.

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

What more can I say? Thank you for your volunteer contributions to Find A Grave. Your generosity of time and effort is apparent; please complete the course and be generous in spirit also.

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I come from a family full of genealogists. Never thought I would be able to contribute, but not true.

My goals:

1) Publish family research, converting paper records to the web.

2) Preserve family photography.

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If you are related to me and have original images or negatives, please contact me.

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HOT TOPICS - SEE BELOW

1) GPS cameras - perfect for grave photography!

2) Book Review: A Graveyard Preservation Primer.

3) Special Note on Photo Requests

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2013 GPS CAMERA ROUNDUP

Update Notice, May 2013: For several years I have published a guide to GPS enabled cameras, evaluating their features and usefulness for cemetery photography. Find A Grave has limited the space available to me here, but if you contact me by email, I will send the full GPS camera information which I have been forced to delete here.

Basic GPS capture is simple. On an iPhone or iPad, it simply happens. There are a wide range of camera types that now do GPS, and cost is little more than comparable models. There are also some serious drawbacks, if you are concerned as I am about grave location accuracy. Contact me for the full scoop.

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Sorry, the other comments formerly present and noted above have also been deleted in order to shorten this bio to the required length. Again, contact me by email if there is an interest.

BTW - my email situation is hopeless, with over 1,000 new messages daily. Please include "Find A Grave" in the subject line of all emails. If I am away from my computer, your email will be buried in the onslaught, but at some point, I will search for Find A Grave in order to get caught up on Edit Requests for memorials I manage. Hopefully, you will not wait too long for a reply.

If you have an urgent situation, I am not adverse to taking calls on my cell phone, (903) 238-4465.

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Lindsay
Grave of my great grandfather
Dear Danny,

I'm trying to figure out how my great grandfather's second wife was. She's buried with him at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview. You took a photo of the graves, here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49573555&ref=acom

I notice there is a third marker as well, but I can't read the name on the plate. Could you tell me who it is?

Much thanks,
Lindsay
Added by Lindsay on Dec 07, 2014 6:04 PM
Charla
Laura Anna WOOD Hoyler
Thank you so much for transfering my gg aunt to me!!
Added by Charla on Nov 14, 2014 7:33 AM
Ila Sosebee Lark
RE: James Wesley Fields, Sr., Family
James Wesley Fields, Sr.'s grandfather was William David Fields (Uncle Dave 1869-1936), who was my grandfather, Harvey Jackson Fields' brother. John W. Fields (1899-1979) was James Wesley Fields' father.

As I said, I am researching the Fields family and have precious little information on William David Fields and his descendants.

I would really appreciate a reply.

Thank you.
Added by Ila Sosebee Lark on Aug 20, 2014 12:49 PM
Mairbair57
RE: Mary's Memorial Auditing Service
Thank you kindly Danny...I ended up building a friendship with one of the main contributors for the Kilgore City Cemetery after working on a few of his memorials. Accuracy on these memorials is important to me too as I have used them to work on my family tree and I know others do the same thing. Others might find our "hobby" a little strange but I love remembering those who have come before us. Wish I had a time machine to go back and visit some of them too! You take care Danny - it's always good to hear from you! Mary
Added by Mairbair57 on Aug 17, 2014 11:43 PM
Kerry G
Dorsey / Naul Edits
Thank you in advance for processing the edits I have left. Much appreciated. Kerry
Added by Kerry G on Aug 17, 2014 9:35 AM
Mairbair57
RE: Thanks for Corrections
Hello old friend! I don't know how you have time to breathe you work so much!!! But good to hear from you. A while back I was looking at a relative's memorial in the Kilgore City Cemetery and found a misspelled name. Then another relative had the wrong year on the memorial. Bottom line is that my OCD kicked in and I started looking at the memorials in that cemetery and found more than a few errors where the memorial did not match up with the headstone information. This ended with me editing ALL of the memorials (6000 or so). I then went to the cemeteries in AR where most of my family is buried and edited them. Now I am looking at the cemeteries in Longview and I always smile when I see one of yours because they are usually perfect! But I know I would appreciate knowing if I inadvertently made an error on one of my memorials so I had to let you know too. Also I find that memorials created off of a list provided by the keepers of the cemeteries often have lots of errors when compared to the headstone photos. Drives me NUTS! OK...enough said. Now go do your expense reports before they call in the Texas Rangers on you!
Added by Mairbair57 on Jul 20, 2014 9:48 PM
Colleen Arnold
Jason Bryan Hammer
Find A Grave Memorial# 45439947 / May 9 1973 is also the death date he lived 1 hr 15 min. His parents are Rodney Hammer and Cynthia Sullivan
Added by Colleen Arnold on Jun 08, 2014 12:38 PM
Kinfolk News
John Perimon in Little Vine Cemetery
Thank you kindly for the transfer.
Regina
Added by Kinfolk News on Apr 17, 2014 12:49 PM
Ila Sosebee Lark
James Wesley Fields, Sr., Family
First, let me thank you for giving us permission to use your photographs. I always make sure to list the name of the photographer if I ever use someone else's photograph, anyway.

Second, are you connected to this particular Fields family? I am trying to connect family members and am finding one of James Wesley Fields ancestors was my grand uncle through his brother, Harvey Jackson Fields.

I would appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks.
Added by Ila Sosebee Lark on Mar 28, 2014 3:36 PM
Michelle
Judy Elaine Stanley Frazier
Thank you so very much for adding her maiden name! Thank you for all you do and God bless!!
Added by Michelle on Jan 19, 2014 6:12 PM
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