|D. D. Thompson (#47000548)|
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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 or send me an email and I'll gladly add the additional information.
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.
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.
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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|Coldcaseman||RE: Mary Trew grave marker photo|
I can run up there and get a better photo. The engraving is rather shallow, and hard to read, but I'll see what I can do. Lane
|JackiMex||Richard & Pearl Dietz|
Thank you, DD for making the transfers. It has been a delight to learn more about these two folks.
Added by JackiMex on May 04, 2013 10:38 AM
|Steve Ingham||Thanks fot Doug Lee's transfer|
It was very kind of you to transfer Doug Lee's memorial to me. He had two botched surgeries, one left him blind the other left him mostly deaf. For 70 years, he did not let this stop him; only others thought he was limited.
|Martin Burrell||RE: Mary Simpson - FAG# 27969283|
Thanks very much for enlarging the pixel count for her memorial. It was a big help.
|Nan||Olive Groom Snyder # 41906225|
Thank you for adding the gravestone photo for Olive and her husband George in Aumsville Cemetery.
Added by Nan on Apr 25, 2013 8:08 AM
Thank you so much for the transfer of Walter's memorial!
Added by Gayle on Apr 21, 2013 7:35 PM
Thank you so much for transferring Kenneth and Nellie's memorial over to us.
Added by 84jhawks on Apr 06, 2013 10:55 AM
Thank you for transferring Emil & Olga's memorials.
Added by Sharon on Mar 26, 2013 11:20 AM
How did you get into the McKinney conversation?????
I have just been working with a family member on the McKinney. Talitha has already been linked to John and looking at the memorial, the spouses are already listed in order.
Also, the family member says the spelling of Wilkinson, is Wilkinson and not Wilkenson.
Have a Good One!
I am so sorry to bother you again, D.D. Thank you for approval to use the Yang's photos. May I also use many of the others as well in Claggett Cemetery? As you instructed, he "Photo Courtesy of..." will be included with each one and placed directly below each photo. In the introductory narrative, there will also be a special thank you.
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