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D. D. Thompson (#47000548)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 7 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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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
esther neal
thank you D D for your quick reply. sorry to have bothered you. - jan
Added by Anonymous on Aug 02, 2015 7:18 PM
Esther Ann Wagner Neal
Please let me know what info you have on Esther Ann Wagner Neal. I have a lot of info on her based on the Welborn Beeson diary when Esther and her parents and siblings lived in Wagner Creek, Jackson county, Oregon. I would like to find out if she left any memorabilia, photos, letters etc to fill in the gaps created by Welborn Beeson diary. I do have two photos of her and one of her parents as well if you are interested. Please email me back and I can send the PDF of the photos to you. I am assuming you are related to her am I correct???? If not, if you hear from anyone who was related let me know. Thank you, Jan Wright
Added by Anonymous on Aug 02, 2015 2:20 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
Thank you for the HC transfers. It will be helpful for updating links, especially! I'm game, at this time, to take on entries, esp older than d. 1930 or in threatened/defunct cemeteries. I just have a burden in my heart for those.

Good Luck!
Added by A.Firefly on Apr 11, 2015 5:32 PM
Juanita M.
Thank you so such a great surprise when you transferred my Grandparents to me. You made my day!
Added by Juanita M. on Apr 10, 2015 3:46 PM
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