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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 7 years, 10 months, 3 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.

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 submission 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 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.
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.

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.

//Richard - /November 28, 2014 (profile updated)

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Deryle Hovinga
RE: Parent and spouse link edits
Richard, Thank you for the advice. Since I'm new to the game, I appreciate the time and effort you took to explain. --ddh
Added by Deryle Hovinga on Jan 31, 2015 2:48 PM
Paula Cody
Lemuel R Clark
Hi Richard, I see you have a Sarah listed as a spouse of Lemuel R Clark buried at Evergreen...this Lem Clark was never married , died quite young, a stabbing while night watchman at the the railroad station one evening. Just wanted to let you know. He was the son of my GG Uncle Ransom Chadwick Clark and Laura Mears Clark... Thanks Paula
Added by Paula Cody on Jan 11, 2015 5:53 PM
See the memorial I created in Oregon for Laura Matilda (Coppock) Clutter (Find A Grave #139161629) and her husband, C. Enos Clutter. She is linked to her father, Thomas Silas Coppock. The crypt photo isn't very good, so I plan to go back to the mausoleum and take another when time permits. Just thought you'd like to know.
Added by EGF on Jan 11, 2015 3:08 AM
Pamela Johnson Mortensen
Lucinda Jane Troxel
Just one more little thing - on the note you wrote regarding her dad and his being brothers, could you please add " 's " after Strawder? So it won't look like her father was Strawder's brother. We'll get this straight yet!

I am working on her parents - I have the memorial for her mom, but apparently we don't know where her dad was buried. As soon as I give up looking, I'll let you know.

~ Pam
Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Dec 29, 2014 12:48 PM
Pamela Johnson Mortensen
RE: Lucinda Troxel
Thanks for letting me know how confusing my edits were, Richard - sorry! =) I actually just wanted her middle name Jane to be added, but I wasn't so sure that adding her maiden name was nec (thus, Troxel, Troxel), if you just added the explanation, as you have.

But now I think the Troxel-Troxel actually looks fine (esp with the explanation), if you can just replace J with Jane.

However, your explanation is in error - it is not their fathers who are first cousins - they are BROTHERS. So Lucinda and Strawder are the first cousins. Please fix that. Then we'll be done.

Thanks again! ~Pam

Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Dec 28, 2014 9:54 AM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Lydia Minerva Hitchcock Mallett
Ok Thank You and I will. Bonnie :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Dec 19, 2014 3:12 PM
Ben Bower
Glasgow Cemetery Plat

The Glasgow Cemetery Plat is viewable on the internet. Since new names are added monthly/yearly it would not be an up to date item for the library. Plus it is a 30" x 48" piece of paper, plat and very old to handle. By the time we reduced it to size the names would be hard to read.

I am in the process of going through each plot and verifing names and adding photos of grave stones and placing lot locations.

The Plat on line is on a Excell spread sheet. We have it split up South (Older section) and North (Newer section

It is viewable online at ""

Ben Bower,
Glasgow Cemetery Assocation
Added by Ben Bower on Dec 19, 2014 11:37 AM
None to be forgotten
Memorial request
Please remove your personal memorial (especially the comment) from 138131207 for Martha Dustin as new information has been added which confirms her burial. Thank you
Added by None to be forgotten on Dec 19, 2014 10:06 AM
Bonnie Kies
Lydia Minerva Hitchcock Mallett
Memorial# 37888419 Lydia Minerva Hitchcock Mallett

I tried the add listed above in your profile but it didn't work it got sent back.

Hi Mr. Thompson, its Bonnie :). I would like to know if I may use the photo's for Memorial# 37888419 Lydia Minerva Hitchcock Mallett on my family tree (ancestry). I will as always be sure to credit you for your Photo's, as well as Findagrave, and the creator of the Memorial (You in this case). Also tho wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And to thanks you for your time and efforts. Bonnie :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Dec 19, 2014 8:21 AM
Albert Ford Photo
Thanks so much for the picture!
Added by MHam on Dec 11, 2014 2:48 PM
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