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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 6 years, 8 months, 3 days
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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. I don't make any money from creating these memorials or photographs but I feel richly rewarded by the many positive comments I've received from the family and friends of those who are memorialized.

Have more information?
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.

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.

Want me to transfer a memorial to you?
I would like to give away every non-related memorial to people who have more information to add, so if you would like me to transfer a memorial to you, don't hesitate to ask; in your request, please include the memorial number (or a link to it) and your own Find-a-Grave member number.

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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Sheila
RE: Social Security Death Index
Totally agree. Thank you! I added a line too.
Added by Sheila on Dec 22, 2014 10:10 PM
Sheila
Social Security Death Index
May I please use your explanation of the SSDI in my bio. also?
Added by Sheila on Dec 22, 2014 3:37 PM
Barb D
Bodtker memorials
Thank you for the quick transfers of these memorials. You have kept me "on a roll" and I have them connected to the family in the Danish Cemetery.
Barb D.
Added by Barb D on Dec 14, 2014 3:36 PM
Barb D
Willard Bodtker
I'm requesting transfer of Willard Bodtker memorial 76059602. While not a relative, I am on the board of the Danish Cemetery in Junction City. Many Bodtkers are buried there, Including Willard's parents. I can easily link and add biographical information if I manage Willard's memorial.

Thank you,
Barb Diamond 47125783
Added by Barb D on Dec 14, 2014 1:18 PM
Kris Chapin
RE: Mem 29223522 MM Firestone Swank
Would you email me ? krischapin@verizon.net

I am related to her as well... her father, Michael T is brother of my Great Grandfather Joseph Jackson (m. Mary Louise Palmer)

my Grandfather- Joseph Samuel Firestone

my mother- Betty Jean Firestone
Added by Kris Chapin on Dec 13, 2014 11:15 AM
Kris Chapin
Mem 29223522 MM Firestone Swank
Hi! i submitted a change for Mary Margaret Firestone Swank. The memorial shows 1 July 1839 but I think it may be just a transcribing error! The grave marker shows Sept 1 1839!

Thanks!
Added by Kris Chapin on Dec 12, 2014 8:02 PM
Brad Stone
Transfer Request
Ernest Charles Kadau (71550267) and Florence Kadau (71550266) are my direct relatives. Would you consider a transfer of this record to me?

- Brad (48475590)
Added by Brad Stone on Dec 12, 2014 6:52 AM
Mark Holloway
Holman
Mr. Thompson I have been tracing my Holman ancestors I found where you had posted death certifcates for several Holman's here on findagrave so I figured they must be kin to you in some way. If I have traced my Holman's corectly we share the same lineage, I would like to see if you have any information on the Holman lineage that would help me.
My email address mahollow@southernco.com
Thanks Mark Holloway
Added by Mark Holloway on Nov 30, 2014 9:57 PM
Kayla Snyder
Bill Monroe Snyder
My husband & I would like Bill's memorial transferred over to us, we have a week long project this week of updating family memorials. Bill Monroe Snyder is my husband's father, we will work on it together since I have done many of them, mostly my own family. Now it is time to concentrate on his family. We will handle this one with great respect, he was dearly loved by our family & is still missed. Kayla & Syd Snyder my memorial # is 47368227.
Added by Kayla Snyder on Sep 11, 2014 6:47 PM
Kelly Grayson
Permissions
Hi DD,

Email sent to Pat Faulkner requesting permission to copy Lucy G. Thompson and other Brown Family members cemetery photos at the Lindley Prairie Cemetery in Cedar County, Missouri. As you are managing this memorial, did Pat sign rights over to you? I see you have graciously given reproduction permission with a credit. I am more than happy to honor that.

Regards,
Kelly


K.A. Grayson
California, USA
Added by Kelly Grayson on Sep 09, 2014 10:26 AM
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