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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 7 days
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Bio Photo Hello!

Why I'm scaling 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. Many of my relatives memorials are "held hostage" by contributors who refuse to allow edits by actively declining all requests. A much better model would be to eliminate "autocratic control" of memorials and make the site more collaborative. So to avoid aggravation, I feel I must scale back my participation.

I would like to transfer any memorials where I am not closely related. If you want a memorial, simply ask me and it will be transferred to you.

If you send me updates/edits for a memorial, I will transfer the memorial to you so that you can maintain it (unless it's one of my close relatives). If you truly do not want a memorial I have transferred to you, feel free to transfer it back. (And hopefully not with a nasty-gram, please).

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.

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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RE: Copyright
Great send to my regular email!
Added by Catht on Mar 31, 2015 7:37 PM
Juanice Reed
Transfer of Willis Privett and wife
Thank you so much for transferring Willis Privett and his wife to me. There are so many who just wants to own memorials. All I want to do is find family members, document them, link family members together and try to provide the most accurate proved information. When others don't want to share, it is hard to link together, etc. Thank you for your service to Find A Grave.
Added by Juanice Reed on Mar 31, 2015 12:33 PM
Grandsons McCulloch
Many thanks for the transfers!
Added by Arborist on Mar 31, 2015 10:32 AM
Ira & Edna Barrett
Thank you for the unexpected transfers. And, thank you for originally adding them to Find a Grave and for taking a photo of their stone.
Added by Dee on Mar 31, 2015 9:13 AM
Geneva G.
Lillie Hudson
Thank you for the transfer.
Added by Geneva G. on Mar 31, 2015 1:31 AM
Would you be interested in doing a guest post on copyright on the California State Genealogical Alliance Copyright Blog? I was thinking just a restatement of what you posted on Find-A-Grave maybe with links to your original picture and another link to one of those that gives no credit?

No hurry, think about it. We just keep trying to get the word out that it is NOT okay to use someone else's work without permission and attribution.
Added by Catht on Mar 31, 2015 1:13 AM
Janet T
Letitia Chambers
Thanks so much for the transfer!
Added by Janet T on Mar 30, 2015 7:58 PM
Lilly Martin
Hello, May I kindly request a transfer of Charles N. Miller # 57419679 to me. I am a relative. My direct ancestor is his grandfather. My personal Find A Grave contributor number is: 47846160
Best regards,
Lilly Martin
Added by Lilly Martin on Mar 30, 2015 11:15 AM
Oscar Allen
Thank you for transfer!!!!!
Added by Oscar Allen on Mar 30, 2015 10:09 AM
Carolyn Lane Lewis
Robert Temple Bristow
Thank you for the transfer and ditto your feelings about "control" of memorials. My sole purpose in contributing to Find A Grave is to preserve the memory of MY family and to share with others any information I find in the process. It's a good feeling when I know I have helped someone. Thanks for all your contributions.
Added by Carolyn Lane Lewis on Mar 30, 2015 9:33 AM
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