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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 8 years, 5 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

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.

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.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.
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 always 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.
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.

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.""

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

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K. Nelson ❦❀
Caviness family of Jefferson Co., IA
Thanks very much for all the time and research you have done for the Caviness family of Jefferson County Iowa. The Caviness tombstone photos you have taken are appreciated. The information you have posted for the Caviness families have made my Caviness research much easier. I am very distantly related to the Cavinessí in Jefferson Co., IA.

Karen (Cavaness) Nelson
Added by K. Nelson ❦❀... on Sep 02, 2015 11:44 AM
Ben Bower
RE: Glasgow plot listings

Wanted to let you know I placed a copy of the Glasgow Cemetery Plat, computer generated Excell spread sheet pages, in the Fairfield Library yesterday.

I will try to remember to keep it up and add some history to it as I get time.

Ben Bower
Added by Ben Bower on Sep 01, 2015 9:13 AM
David Stump @ Fell Cemetery
Thanks so much for your time in getting a photo of David Stump's gravestone. Keep up the good work.
Added by Mary on Aug 31, 2015 8:10 AM
John Houd grave
I can't thank you enough for the excellent pictures of John Houd's grave. I really appreciate your taking the time & trouble. Deanna Johnson, Mission TX.
Added by DKJ on Aug 30, 2015 6:42 AM
Herman Ziegler
Thanks for your dedication to Find A Grave and for making the additions to Herman's memorial! Suzanne
Added by smhansen on Aug 28, 2015 8:50 AM
C. Bryan
Sylvia Kennell - - -
Many thanks for the great photo; I appreciate it.
Added by C. Bryan on Aug 27, 2015 3:16 PM
Betty Miller
RE: Benjamin Goben
Thank you for letting me know what had happened. It would be nice if we could add notes to the request for change. I usually send another telling the facts or adding some known facts. I appreciate all the work you have done posting the memorials.

Added by Betty Miller on Aug 27, 2015 9:17 AM
Alex Greeson
Links and edits made. Thank you for sending the additional information. I do appreciate it! Please let me know if you are related to him and would prefer to manage his memorial page. I would be happy to transfer it to you. Thanks!
Added by paths2present on Aug 25, 2015 8:25 PM
Juanita Chrz
John & Eliza Amiss
Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures. This helps to complete pages in my family history. Juanita Chrz
Added by Juanita Chrz on Aug 25, 2015 6:31 PM
Alex Roller
Hello Richard,

Thank you for the photo. I am grateful for your kindness and sincerely appreciate all your help.

Have a great day!
Alex Roller
Added by Alex Roller on Aug 25, 2015 4:22 PM
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