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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 7 years, 2 months, 11 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. With only one exception, I am related to every person represented by the memorials I currently manage.

Why I scaled back on Find-a-Grave
Find-A-Grave is a great resource and I appreciate it and the many wonderful volunteers who have put so much time into helping others. But, a fundamental flaw, in my view, is the "contributor controls all" approach to the memorials. Some of my relatives memorials are "held hostage" by contributors who refuse to allow edits by actively declining all requests. A better model would be to eliminate "autocratic control" of memorials and make the site more collaborative. I contributed more than 10,000 memorials but I have given up control of most of them as I simply do not believe that control of their content should be my decision.

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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Carolyn Russell
Newell E. Ganiard
Thank you so much for the use of his gravestone picture.
Added by Carolyn Russell on May 08, 2015 8:19 AM
Carolyn Russell
Newel E.Ganiard
Our Genealogical Society is working on a book of Civil War Vets who once lived in Boone County, Nebraska. I am asking permission to use your photo of Newell Ganiard's tombstone (#37717026) in our book. You would be given credit for the photo as per your request.
Added by Carolyn Russell on May 07, 2015 10:24 AM
Julia Cruz
Thank you for the transfers and thank you for the work you have done for Find A Grave.
Added by Julia Cruz on Apr 18, 2015 1:37 PM
Sorry I'm slow to respond - I haven't been on this site for a little while. Thank you for the transfers of Peter & Katherina Toevs, and Anna Siemens memorials. I appreciate all that you put into them.
Sue S.
Added by Sue on Apr 14, 2015 10:25 AM
Thank you for the HC transfers. It will be helpful for updating links, especially! I'm game, at this time, to take on entries, esp older than d. 1930 or in threatened/defunct cemeteries. I just have a burden in my heart for those.

Good Luck!
Added by A.Firefly on Apr 11, 2015 5:32 PM
Juanita M.
Thank you so such a great surprise when you transferred my Grandparents to me. You made my day!
Added by Juanita M. on Apr 10, 2015 3:46 PM
Anita T
Warren and Della Woods
Thanks for transferring my great Uncle and Aunt to me. I will be adding more photos. They were very sweet.
Added by Anita T on Apr 09, 2015 9:42 PM
Kathy Bailey
Thank You for transferring Leroy and Zelma Plane Kathy Bailey
Added by Kathy Bailey on Apr 09, 2015 12:50 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfers & thank yous X4
Hello D. D.,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Casper Mitchell "Cap" Ruch # 54637833
& his wife;
Anna Boyean Ruch # 54637854
Johanna Josephine "Josie" Hayes Ruch
& her son;
Leonard Denton Ruch # 51251763
to my care.
I have successfully connected them, where possible, with parents, siblings, spouses and children.
As I receive more information, I will be adding it to Our shared memorials.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Apr 07, 2015 7:54 PM
Rich M
Cassman Memorials
Hello D.D.!
Thank you for transferring Harvey & Nettie Cassman's memorials to me. That was a pleasant surprise. I read your bio and could not agree more with everything you wrote.
Best of luck, and thanks again!
Rich M
Added by Rich M on Apr 07, 2015 6:50 PM
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