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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 7 days
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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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Jamie Dawn Paul
Banjay Children
I want to say Thanks for your pics on the memorials for Charles, Ralph and also Howard Eugene Banjay! All your hard work is Much Appreciated!
Added by Jamie Dawn Paul on Jun 22, 2015 4:29 PM
Sandra Scott
RE: Obit use
Thank you!
Added by Sandra Scott on Jun 21, 2015 10:32 PM
Sandra Scott
Abigil Coffin Jones and other Coffins with obits
I wonder if I may have your permission to use your obituary information on my family website. Check it out at http://freienmuth-shortridge.com/ernst/buchheim-cemeteries.html. This is how I'd be using the photos and obituaries I find on Find A Grave, with 'used with permission' in the caption.

Sandra Scott
Added by Sandra Scott on Jun 20, 2015 9:32 PM
Carmelita&Maryn
re: Helen M Sheets Kesselring
Thank you for providing information; it is quite a coincidence that you provided Helen's father's name and another Find A Grave member sent an edit to add Helen's mother's name. The edits have been made; we all make a great team hear on Find A Grave!
Added by Carmelita&Maryn on Jun 11, 2015 4:47 PM
Brad Minser
Samuel Brown
Thank you for the photo. Much appreciated!

Brad
Added by Brad Minser on Jun 05, 2015 6:29 AM
Ben Bower
RE: Spouse links
Thank You for the info on linking. I was unaware of the duplication.
Added by Ben Bower on Jun 04, 2015 7:37 PM
Jeanne
Thomas Brown
Thanks for the photo of Thomas & Madie Brown! Really appreciate it!
J
Added by Jeanne on Jun 03, 2015 11:23 AM
EmLynn Thompson
RE: Leland Watson at Burlington Memorial Park
Thank you very much Richard! It's nice to see someone else who goes the extra mile. Sorry it took me so long to respond I had a family medical emergency. Do you mind if I use use it on Ancestry? When I don't have a photo of the person I like to put some kind of memorial. Thanks ~EmLynn
Added by EmLynn Thompson on May 30, 2015 10:30 PM
Marilyn Baldwin-Haimann
Thank you
Richard,

Thank you so much for taking time to take pictures of my families headstones.
Added by Marilyn Baldwin-Haimann on May 29, 2015 5:50 PM
Barry Foster
Stansbury @ Bretheren
Hi Richard, I've made the spelling correction and thanks for pointing that out to me. Not only is the name highly variable (which I've noted in the bio) but the spelling changes with how some of the individuals spelled it for various documents. It really isn't until we were all literate that some sort of standardization happened with so many last names. Not to mention the semi-literate census recorders throwning their phoenetic spellings in. By chance, I have just finished photographing a cemetery, too: Hazel Green in Grant County, Wisconsin where I got the percentage covered from about 30 to 93%. So many stones weathered beyond readability. I and my family appreciates your efforts! Barry
Added by Barry Foster on May 29, 2015 2:21 PM
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