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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 7 years, 7 months, 6 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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Kelley S
Wallen Wallenstein
Hi DD,

First and foremost, thank you so much for your efforts! I was researching F.G. Wallen, he was my paternal Grandmother's Grandfather and I noticed your comment regarding Wallen originally being Wallenstein. This is a family rumor I have heard from my Dad but this is the first time I've seen it come up in my research. Do you have additional information on when the name converted from Wallenstein to Wallen and any history on the Wallenstein's? There was always speculation we might have some Jewish heritage on that side of the family and our DNA results returned Jewish DNA so I'm wondering if this is the link. If so I'd really like to know more, please feel free to email me directly at

Thanks so much!
Added by Kelley S on Nov 12, 2015 7:37 PM
Minnie C. Loftiss # 45660893
Hello and thank you for all you have done for Find a Grave. I believe that the spousal relationship listed for Minnie is incorrect. Minnie Porter was the spouse of Gilbert W. Fortis(s), George W. Fortiss' brother. Thank you
Added by Anonymous on Oct 06, 2015 3:19 PM
Virgina C Campbell #27170830
Virginia's Find-a-Grave entry states her parents were Sarah & James Campbell. The State of Oregon Early Oregonians records state that Virginia's mother was Margaret Almira Finley. I don't know why they put Virginia's mother as Sarah Campbell at the Find-a-Grave memorial. Maybe they were looking at the 1850 US Census (Marion, Oregon Territory) John Campbell is listed first for household #274. James's wife Margaret Almira Finley-Campbell died in 1846 on the Oregon Trail, so she's not in the 1850 Census. After James' name comes his daughter Sarah Campbell (age 15), then the rest of John Campbells children. No family relationships are given in the 1850 census, so maybe the person creating the Find-a-Grave site assumed since Sarah was listed directly below James Campbell's name that she was James' wife. As far as I know, James Campbell had three wives: Margaret Almira Finley, Eliza Turner-Eyre-Campbell-Hobson, & Nancy H Taylor. James Campbell was with Margaret Finley until she died on The Oregon Trail in 1846. Since Virgina was born in 1844, her mother would be Margaret Finley. If I am wrong, please e-Mail me with the information on who Virginia's mother was (i.e. why is Virginia's mother listed as Sarah Campbell).

Thanks: George.
Added by Galenite on Sep 12, 2015 2:29 PM
J. Lee Sutter, FAG #56630122
Dear D. D. Thompson:
Thank you for covering your copyrights on the photo here.

I am currently compiling in hard copy the Cheadle family history of which the above was a direct descendant (4th great grandchild of the progenitor, George Chedel/Cheadle). My mother-in-law was a Cheadle. For over three years, I have respectfully requested permission to reproduce the photographs on memorial sites, as well as any others you may have contributed which may pertain to our line. I since have been informed that I MUST have WRITTEN PERMISSION of the owner of the photograph in order to thwart any possible copyright infringements and I believe your bio note covers that. Normally, credit would be given such as “Courtesy, D. D. Thompson, contributor, Find A Grave Memorial # ?.” However, since you request "Photo Courtesy of D. D. Thompson, Find A Grave Volunteer" I will use that, adding the memorial site number. I want to cover all my bases to be certain I offend no one and I also believe in giving credit where credit is due.

My treatise is in no way a profit making project and will not (by my request) be posted on the internet nor will living individuals be included to the best of my ability.

You have no idea how much we who are of an age (I’m 86) or distance and cannot do the hands-on research we once did appreciate the effort and passion of you who contribute your research information to the Internet. Many thanks from an old lady.

Jeannine G. Verhoeks

Sun City West, AZ

Added by Jeannine on Sep 09, 2015 12:22 PM
RE: John H. Reid
Check Dallas Township, Webster County, Missouri census years 1870 and 1880 for John H. Reid and Martha Catherine (nee Aldridge) Reid and children. I have stomped all over Webster County, MO searching my Fords, Farrs, and Fespermans. The Reids/Reeds married into my Ford line.
Added by 47650891 on Aug 14, 2015 8:23 PM
Carrie and Allen
Charles Lister transfer
Thanks for the transfer, I really appreciate it!
Added by Carrie and Allen on Aug 14, 2015 3:02 PM
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
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