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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 6 years, 9 months, 5 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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Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer & thank you
Thank you so much for you recent transfer of;
Henry Ruch # 51251881
to my care.
I hope you like what I was able to add.
As I receive more information I will be adding it to OUR shared memorial.
With appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Jan 28, 2015 2:17 AM
RE: Wanda Trew Dunlap
You're welcome. It happen to be one in the last bunch of photos that I took.
Added by traycx on Jan 20, 2015 1:24 PM
Greg Sturm Sr
Hello. Can you please transfer #57419803 to me? Robert is my wife's grandfather. Thank you.
Added by Greg Sturm Sr on Jan 18, 2015 11:39 AM
Dianna Taylor
Thank You !!!
Thank you for the edits/links on the memorials of Ralph & Remoh Glover.
Added by Dianna Taylor on Jan 15, 2015 4:07 PM
Thank you for the transfers. Buttonbutton
Added by buttonbutton on Jan 10, 2015 8:41 PM
Steve Burton
your link to Ratliffe cemetery
Hi there,

We are related and I'd like to share with you, if you are interested, our relationship with the Hoggs.

I was looking for headstones on Find A Grave and the link takes me to the cemetery page, but none of the photo links worked.

Is there another way to those headstone photos?

Do you have an on-line family tree? Mine is on I'd be happy to share.

Best Wishes,
Steve Burton (my Mother was a Hogg)
Added by Steve Burton on Jan 08, 2015 9:38 PM
Janet Rodman Carrington
Prior L Neil & Rhoda Box
I do not find Prior L Neil either. I will give you what info I have on them, that came from some Box Beginnings newsletters.
My Grandmother was Pearl Box, her father, Thomas Box, his father, Daniel R Box. Thomas and Rhoda had the same father. Rhoda Box Neil Young was a Daniel's half sister. They have the same father but different Mothers.
May 10, 1874, Rhoda married Prior L Neil(Born, 1845, died May 7,1888, buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co, MO.) I didn't find him in Pleasant Ridge on Find A Grave unless no one has never entered him. Soon after they married, the couple moved to Terrell, TX. They traveled through Oklahoma Territory where there were Indians and bands of outlaws who had escaped capture in MO and AR.
In TX, Rhoda and Prior settled down to farming. Rhoda and Prior were listed in the 1880 Census of Kaufman Co.,TX. Five of their children were born in Terrell. About 1884, they returned to Polk Co. MO. where their last two children were born. In 1888, Prior died.
I goggled Prior L Neil Polk Co MO family history and one place it mentioned that Prior was the son of Jesse Neal and Rachel Savage. I couldn't find them either.
Sorry I couldn't be of help.
I have been doing my husband genealogy but do get side tracked with other family members.

Added by Janet Rodman Carrington on Jan 05, 2015 12:54 PM
Barb D
Bodtker memorials
Thank you for the quick transfers of these memorials. You have kept me "on a roll" and I have them connected to the family in the Danish Cemetery.
Barb D.
Added by Barb D on Dec 14, 2014 3:36 PM
Kris Chapin
RE: Mem 29223522 MM Firestone Swank
Would you email me ?

I am related to her as well... her father, Michael T is brother of my Great Grandfather Joseph Jackson (m. Mary Louise Palmer)

my Grandfather- Joseph Samuel Firestone

my mother- Betty Jean Firestone
Added by Kris Chapin on Dec 13, 2014 11:15 AM
Mark Holloway
Mr. Thompson I have been tracing my Holman ancestors I found where you had posted death certifcates for several Holman's here on findagrave so I figured they must be kin to you in some way. If I have traced my Holman's corectly we share the same lineage, I would like to see if you have any information on the Holman lineage that would help me.
My email address
Thanks Mark Holloway
Added by Mark Holloway on Nov 30, 2014 9:57 PM
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