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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 29 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. 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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Linda C. Driscoll
Amanuel Ritchey
I appreciate the info and the links to the pertinent websites on Amanuel's history. I have added the date to his timeline. Thank you so much, I'm very happy for the added information about the asylum's history.
Added by Linda C. Driscoll on Apr 20, 2014 12:43 PM
Lulu Prunk
Thank You for the transfer. I have been working on this line of my family and just discovered the Oregon connection.

Added by custer1963 on Apr 05, 2014 11:23 AM
Nathan Haines
Elijah N Starr
Thank you for taking care of my request on Elijah. Very good. You are absolutely wonderful. :-]
Added by Nathan Haines on Mar 13, 2014 5:52 PM
Deborah Reehl
Betty F. Davis
I think this is my mothers sister Betty Francis Collier Davis. If so could she be linked to her mothers memorial # 43213383 and her Fathers #43213296 under their listing of Children? My mother is Mary Madelynne Collier Jennings #125822562.
Added by Deborah Reehl on Mar 10, 2014 8:21 PM
Virginia Brown
Charles Collier
Just found your transfer. THANKS once again!

Added by Virginia Brown on Mar 03, 2014 8:05 PM
Virginia Brown
Your Bio
I totally agree with the comments on your bio. Very well stated.

Added by Virginia Brown on Mar 03, 2014 8:03 PM
Virginia Brown
Mattie Collier
Thank you VERY much for the transfer of Mattie's memorial. You are very thoughtful, & I sincerely appreciate your consideration.

Hope someone does something nice for you in return.

Added by Virginia Brown on Mar 03, 2014 7:58 PM
Jim Montague
Ritner and Baker
Wow, that was fast!
Thanks for the info update and transfers!
And, of course, many many thanks for creating the memorials in the first place.
Added by Jim Montague on Feb 21, 2014 11:16 PM
Mary AUSTIN Potter
Hi D.D.

Yes, I did notice the year 1844 on her marker and there are some concerns about that, but I shall check with City Cemetery today and find out what I can, and again, thanks so much for all your help.

Just a personal note here, without you guys and gals out there, Genealogy would not be complete without your hard dedicated services through whatever weather you challenge to take on, and specially your most valuable time and efforts to make FindAGrave, what it is today, I personally thank you, keep up the good work, researchers need you, to keep our "Tree's" growing, in a way, we're like family.

Don Toothman
Added by MooreToots on Jan 30, 2014 8:28 AM
Mary Potter
Hi D.D.

I appreciate your writing back, and I will contact the Sources you gave me,tomorrow morning.

This woman just might be my 2nd Grandmother, her maiden name was AUSTIN, she married John W. Potter. Two of her son's are also buried up there, one is Benjamin W. Potter and his wife, 2nd son is Samuel D. Potter, but don't know where he is buried.

Mary AUSTIN Potter, lost her husband 'John' in 1867, she remarried to a Mr. Nickerson, then to a Joseph De Pew in 1884, they divorced but kept his name(the last record I have is the 1900 US Census, and lost her after that)of Depew, when she was living in Kansas with her son Samuel D. Potter, but it that Samuel and his brother Benjamin W and their families all moved to Marion County, Oregon for whatever reason's and I have this feeling that Mary Potter was still alive and with them, when they made that move to Oregon.

She(Mary Austin Potter) was 75 years old in 1900, meaning Mary was born in 1825, if this is her, she lived to be 104 years old, OMG!! LOL Thanks for your help, and letting bent your ear on this story telling...LOL.

Tanks again, and GOD Bless!
Don Toothman(MooreToots)
Added by MooreToots on Jan 29, 2014 10:13 PM
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