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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 7 years, 5 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo Major contact update a/o September 5, 2014:

My old Iowatelecom email address ( was purged without my permission by the Windstream ISP on September 3, 2014.

I no longer have access to any emails going to that email address and any from you to that email address will presumably 'fail' to be delivered.

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 Iowatelecom email address will not be available or forwarded to me.

Grrrrrrrrr. Not fun.


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 is "thompsonrb" (which provides an email link to me).
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 - /September 4, 2014 (profile updated)

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Mia Houghton
Emery and Gertrude James
I am listing the Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura California -wanted to let you know I linked daughter Doris to your memorials.
Added by Mia Houghton on Sep 12, 2014 12:41 AM
Leigh Weston
Lee Maxwell Woodworth
Hi Richard. I have taken a picture of the grave stone of Lee Woodworth. I noticed that you posted that you asked for a picture in 2010. Dorothy Martin was indeed his wife and they are both buried in the Trumbull Cemetery. Stone says "Martin". I hope this helps.
Added by Leigh Weston on Sep 03, 2014 6:03 PM
Russell Alan Babcock
frank S
Added by Russell Alan Babcock on Sep 03, 2014 2:53 PM
Lynn Cichon Ferris
RE: Jessie and Loren Parker updates
You are right about SS records. Thanks again for all you help.
Added by Lynn Cichon Ferris on Aug 23, 2014 5:37 AM
Lynn Cichon Ferris
RE: Loren Willis Parker death location
Thank you for updating the memorials I have recently sent edit/suggestions requests. The time you spend helping Find A Grave members such as myself is greatly appreciated.

I agree that the place of death for Loren Willis Parker is puzzling. My source was the S.S. Index record-

Loren W. Parker
Last Residence:
90808 Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA

18 Jun 1918

20 Nov 2000

State (Year) SSN issued:
Iowa (Before 1951)

Granted there could be another person by the same name with the same DOB,DOD, and SS card issued in Iowa. His father was a minister/evangelist and several of his 6 siblings followed in his footsteps. The family lived in several states- PA, IL, and IA.

It's a stretch on my part that Loren died in Long Beach, possible second residence. Iowa WWII case record and census records lists his place of birth as Hillsboro, IL. So with that said, maybe it's best to decline my suggestion and go by the obit since that was most likely written by the family.

Again thanks for all your help & contacting me.
Added by Lynn Cichon Ferris on Aug 22, 2014 6:06 AM
Henry Brainard
Re: Mary Alice Cole Smith 26787535
I am working to link all my Cole families together. Would you mind linking her in with her parents, Perry 8960964, and mom Laura 11723923. Or if you want to just transfer her to me, that would be good too. Trying to link them all while I still have time.
Added by Henry Brainard on Aug 17, 2014 7:58 AM
Ron Merrel
Your profile
I love the profile and I totally agree with you. I also feel that to use the photos without acknowledging the contributor is THEFT no matter if you got permission or not.
Added by Ron Merrel on Aug 17, 2014 5:19 AM
Shirley Gragg
Jess Wright
Richard K Thompson
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43406979

Thought you'd like to know - the parents you cite as 'likely' are his parents - Jacob Wright & Rebecca Groce.
Added by Shirley Gragg on Aug 16, 2014 12:39 PM
Rachel McMunn #99701328
Hello just got your message about Rachel Gilchrist McMunn #99701328. Thank you so much, I made the correction you sent. I would love to get a copy of her Obit very much. So if you still can that would be great! Thank you for all the work you have done! I am no where near Iowa so I appreciate this so very much! Thank you, Tricia
Added by TEwer on Aug 10, 2014 1:27 PM
Dona McPhillips
Sarah Wilson at Lecky's
Richard, I started doing Lecky's graveyard because of my Bolsinger ancestor's there and no one had put the cem. up at that time. Another descendant had a contact who came out to take photos, as I live in WA state. We had list of who was there and I went off the list or if he found one under brush, he put it up. I'm not related to the Wilson's as far as I know, anyway. I strive for accuracy, not numbers as you can see my numbers up are small because they are mostly family & friends. I don't like having duplicates up. So I am perplexed about what to do about this. So I think I will just give the management to you and you can decide how to cover this one. How do you feel about that? Dona
ps. My computer has been hacked twice so I took to using gentracker then lost it when hacked and started over with genlooker. My name is out there all over the place though I try to be more careful. I always was careful but...
Added by Dona McPhillips on Aug 07, 2014 12:04 AM
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