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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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Bio Photo Please note below my new email address to use to contact me directly for FindAGrave/genealogy items.

If you have been in contact with me before, please update your contact list as anything now sent to the prior Iowatelecom email address will not be available or forwarded to me.
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Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.

As others do, I enjoy walking the cemeteries in response to a single photo request and then finding many additional family members that someone requesting the initial photo was unaware of. My record so far was finding over 50 family individuals in three cemeteries as a result of a single photo request made for this area! They are now each with memorials, links, often obituary information, and headstone photos.

It is good to know that these deceased families and individuals are now remembered.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

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Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the IaGenWeb.org/Jefferson county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submission to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.
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I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible but errors or mis-information in my sources happens. If you see errors or corrections, I'm glad to make them. "Edit"/SAC is best, but direct emails or public messages are ok. If not by SAC try to provide the memorial number because just providing names doesn't alway ensure I know who you are wanting updated, especially in cases where there are fathers and sons with the same name. My Ouiji board is broken and I can't read minds.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible.
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CAUTION:
New edit and spouse link edits:

Be aware that if a memorial has at least one parent and/or spouse link on it (from that memorial), then submitting a new-style relationship edit will override those existing links and cause those existing links to be deleted or, worst-case, duplicated.

For example, a memorial has no parent links, but does have a link to a spouse. Submitting a new-style relationship edit to just add parents will then, unintentionally, cause the spouse link to be deleted. Unless caught by the manager of that memorial first, accepting such edits are having the effect of undoing existing relationship links. Few memorial managers are aware of this problem.

Although well-intentioned to combine the parent and spouse relationship links into one new edit, it may be best to be very careful when submitting new relationship link edits - perhaps using the older SAC method instead, providing the names and memorial #'s of those to be linked to.

Hopefully this situation will get resolved, but be aware of this problem. Only the manager of a memorial can tell if a spouse relationship is to or from another memorial - you can't tell just by looking at either memorial.

The workaround for managers is to first spot existing relationship links, if any, and note the relationship status and memorial number. Then if the new relationship link is accepted, go back to that memorial and re-enter the correct link information.

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I much prefer working with contributors who use their real names rather than initials or quirky screen names. I'm a bit old fashioned: in real life I address people by their given name, unless they use a 'regular' nickname. Getting or sending contacts to others who use only initials (gender non-specific) or quirky screen names is not how I was raised to address people, especially since memorials on FindAGrave are for people with real given names.

Being forced to send a SAC to another contributor as "Dear RubberDuckyLover" devalues the respect that I feel that the deceased deserve.

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Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

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//Richard - /April 10, 2015 (profile updated)


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pmfrench
AM Thuleen in Aspen Grove in Burlington
Richard,

I saw your photo request for A.M. Thuleen in Burlington's Aspen Grove Cemetery. Cemetery records list this individual as Infant of A.M. Thuleen. I believe that will solve your problem.
Added by pmfrench on Apr 19, 2015 7:09 PM
Gianna Lea
RE: Barrow memorials transfer request
I would be happy to have them all, they are all our family. Thanks for all that you do. Gianna
Added by Gianna Lea on Apr 19, 2015 12:05 PM
Gianna Lea
RE: Barrow and other sponsorships
I don't know if I ever replied to you or not about the Barrow memorials but if not, yes, please transfer them to me. My memorial number is 47274479. I have recently retired and am working to update information and connect family members. We are the only Barrow family left in the area and we are doing our best to keep the rest of the extended family in the loop. Thanks so much for your continued commitment to the research and time you put into this work.
Added by Gianna Lea on Apr 19, 2015 6:56 AM
Calcat
Catharine Heckethorn
Thanks, Richard! Memorial looks great : )
Added by Calcat on Apr 13, 2015 7:50 PM
Robert M. Gerrity
Baggs-Stephenson
I very much COL (i.e. chuckled out loud) re your bagpipe story. Keep up the good work, by the way, as well as the playing.

Am sending you a longer email message regarding Edwin Baggs (m#108769377), his wife Charlotte Wilson (m#1087694960, and their adopted daughter Ida Baggs Stephenson (m#64125229) to include or not in their memorials. But Ida's maiden name is indeed BAGGS.

Regard, Robert M. Gerrity
Added by Robert M. Gerrity on Apr 06, 2015 11:46 PM
Debbie
Emeline Cornell Budd
Ezra Budd (findagrave #433581) is the husband of your Emeline Budd # 132070674. They are not buried in the same cemetery. Thank you for your posts!
Debbie #47483956
Added by Debbie on Mar 30, 2015 12:03 PM
Pamela Fowler Sweeney
RE: Leppo burials at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Hi Richard,

The problem I reported was for W. O. Gentry, the request above the Leppos. I inadvertenly hit the wrong person. Sorry for the confusion.


The Leppos are listed in the Rural Cemetery book, so it appears that they are buried in the Moke area of the cemetery. I will be heading up there in a few days, so I will look for the plot.


Pam

Added by Pamela Fowler Sweeney on Mar 27, 2015 9:26 AM
No Reins
Behne research
You might want to check out this memorial(72227262)of John Henry Behne. Photos have been added of his first wedding to Clara Saftig. Research is still going on on this family. Just thought you might be interested. And I understand your stance on "quirky" names but mine is to protect me. I have had threats on more than one occasion.
Added by No Reins on Mar 14, 2015 9:59 AM
suerhf
asper Permena Rogers memorial update
Find A Grave Memorial# 129166800

Thank you for the corrections! Do you have a copy of the death record? If so, does it list the decedents parents?

Thanks
Sue
Added by suerhf on Mar 13, 2015 9:17 PM
JARROTT P. COX
RE: Mifflian Harker Stubblefield, Jr
Oh we are talking about Find A Grave Memorial# 124551395 May be I sent you to the wrong memorial number as there is a A Jr. and a Sr. we are Mifflian Harker Stubblefield Sr.He does have birth date right on him at least the year as being 1841. Sorry about the mix up. Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Mar 06, 2015 11:29 AM
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