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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 3 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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Messages left for D. D. Thompson (174)[Leave Message]
I see you are related to Margaret Small. I am researching her G Grandparents descendants and family, Charles Porter Lively and Nancy Lucinda Duncan. Care to collaborate? I am working in wikitree and Facebook to share old photographs with the Lively family.
Added by smokeysf on Aug 24, 2014 6:49 PM
PJ Krostag
Magdalena Engmann 44319836
Thanks for correcting this memorial.
I exchanged emails with Lindy and she agreed that Andrew and Margarethe could not have been the parents of Magdalena 44319836. Margarethe would have only been 13 when Magdalena was born. What may have caused the confusion is that the 1880 US Census shows Magdalena born in NY but other Census records such as Wisconsin 1905 show Germany.
Added by PJ Krostag on Aug 20, 2014 2:06 PM
Lindy/Olga Wise
Magdeline Engman
Will you please connect Magdeline to her father,
Andrew Klier who is in the United German and French cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie Co NY.
his Find A Grave #78223597

thank you, Lindy Wise Find A Grave #47035484
Added by Lindy/Olga Wise on Jul 31, 2014 3:57 PM
Tom Harbin

Would you please transfer the Dover memorials to me:

Ada Lannie Nix Dover # 73218065
Fred Dover # 73218064
Roscoe Dover # 73218066

They are my grandparents and uncle. I would be very happy to manage them.

Thank you in advance

Tom Harbin
Find A Grave # 48303131
Added by Tom Harbin on Jul 14, 2014 5:53 PM
Craig (Gibson/Tucker) Humes
Thank you for the burial information. I changed locations.
Happy 4th,
Added by Craig (Gibson/Tucker) Hum... on Jul 04, 2014 9:17 PM
Christ Pepperling
Hello D.D., yes I know about the new headstone for my great grandfather Christopher Pepperling. I ordered the stone a few years ago from the V.A. and my cousin Steve Leffler and his father put the stone in the cemetery for me. The old stone is now on the Leffler farm. Thank you for writing.
Added by Crystal on Jul 04, 2014 3:54 PM
Almira Cole
Almira has been transferred. Jan
Added by Jan on Jun 29, 2014 9:06 PM
Crystle B.
RE: Bichler grave photos
No problem, I'm glad I could help! Hopefully I can help you again soon.
Crystle in Kaukauna
Added by Crystle B. on Jun 26, 2014 11:10 PM
Should have put this in my last note. SORRY.. For the Maria Bretag that shows at St Boniface, per the kiosk, she was interned 5/16/1909. The Kiosks don't list if have a marker, does list location. Can always ck w/office for a marker, if so & would like, I can take a trip to St Boniface for marker..
Added by B on Jun 11, 2014 4:09 PM
Joyce Clark
Aumsville Cemetery
Do you have a photo of Dave Edwin Parker 1935-2012 tombstone? I am one of Dave's Grandchildren and I would like to have a picture of his Tombstone. Please get back to me.
Added by Joyce Clark on Jun 07, 2014 9:41 PM
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