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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 8 years, 2 months, 4 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.

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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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

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
Barry Foster
Francis Stansberry 75195900
Thanks so much for the photo of Francis' headstone and it's reconstruction. Did you do that? It's great to be able to have these physical reminders of those who came before us. This one was surely on its way out before being saved. Thanks again, Barry
Added by Barry Foster on May 29, 2015 2:06 PM
Peebler/Wagner photo
Thank you for taking the grave photo of another Peebler descendant at Brethren cemetery. The picture is priceless!
Added by CMR on May 28, 2015 3:38 PM
Kent Kooi
Aaron Greenland
Hi Richard,

Thank you for the photo of his headstone at Batavia. I appreciate everything you have done for Kathy and me.

Added by Kent Kooi on May 28, 2015 11:29 AM
Erwin de Mooij
Jack B. Srout
Dear mister Thompson,

my name is Erwin de Mooij and I am the content webmaster for the 457th Bomb Group Association website.

At this moment I am working on a virtual cemetery/memorial on the website honering all 339 KIA/MIA/KIS of the group.

I saw your picture of Jack Srout's grave marker and I was wondering if I could use it for the memorial. If you made any other photos of 457th BG members would I be able to use these too?

We would greatly appreciate it.

Best regards,

Erwin de Mooij
Content webmaster 457th Bomb Group Association
Added by Erwin de Mooij on May 25, 2015 2:44 PM
RE: Burlington Memorial Park

The bulk of the Burlington Memorial Park listings show date of interment. The records are known to contain numerous errors, but are, along with the DMCGS gravestone survey done in the late 1970's, the best resources for finding burials there.

If you'd like a spreadsheet of the burial listings, so you can sort and filter by section and lot, I can send that to you.

When searching for burials there, it's frequently helpful to find burials near the road in the same row, then walk the row to the burial you want. I don't go there without a shovel and broom so I can dig away the encroaching grass and earth and clean the markers.

If you have corrections to things you find on DMCo GenWeb, please send them to the DMCo GenWeb site.

Added by pmfrench on May 17, 2015 12:03 PM
Denby Brown
minnie Shamp Whipple
Yes, any information you might be able to send me would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Denby Brown on May 13, 2015 8:58 AM
RE: Charles and Mary Shamp

I completed maps for Forest Home in Mt. Pleasant.

One map shows the sections identified by the Henry Co. Genealogical Society when they surveyed the cemetery in the 1980's. You can tell people using their work by reference to lettered sections and rows.

Another set of maps shows the cemetery as laid out by those operating it. Burials locations in city records are listed by Block, Lot, and Grave, with the grave location being the number of spaces from the north end of the lot, and in larger lots either the east or west side of the lot.

I contributed the city's burial listing to Henry Co. GenWeb where it was added to the Forest Home listings they had from the gravestone survey. You can find it all here:
Added by pmfrench on May 12, 2015 9:31 AM
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