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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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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 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.

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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Karen Brewer
Cleo Marcella Johnston
I have located the burial location of Cleo's father. I sent a separate link request. Roy B. Johnston is buried with his second wife, Edna Mae. I am wondering if you might run across an obituary for Roy's first wife, Margaret Cleo Peebler Johnston, the mother of Cleo in your Jefferson County research. I am wondering if she was buried with in the same cemetery as her parents, James W. and Cora Acton Peebler?

Best Regards,
Karen Johnston Brewer
Added by Karen Brewer on Jul 26, 2015 12:11 PM
Karen Brewer
RE: Cleo Johnston
I am researching the burial location of Cleo Marcella Johnston's parents; Roy Burdette Johnston and Margaret Cleo Peebler. I will let you know if I find an answer to their burial location.

Added by Karen Brewer on Jul 26, 2015 10:50 AM
Jayne Beers
RE: Esther Wilkerson first husband Henry found
Great! Thanks for making the link to Esther's first husband. I wish findagrave would separate the parents & spouse segments. It sure causes a lot of problems when you have linked one of the two and then need to link the other before the first correction has been processed. I don't like that it loses the existing information when you update those either.
Added by Jayne Beers on Jul 21, 2015 9:09 PM
Jayne Beers
RE: Esther Wilkerson first husband Henry found
You're welcome.
Added by Jayne Beers on Jul 21, 2015 2:49 PM
Donna Fitch
Almedia Stanton
Thank you for the transfer. I appreciate your setting up this memorial. Thanks, Donna
Added by Donna Fitch on Jul 21, 2015 10:59 AM
Re 48793424 relief Waters
In regard to memorial 48793424 Relief Waters
She was a real life DAR!
Please link to parents memorials
father 93130493
mother 93129422
Added by fourtime on Jul 18, 2015 5:04 PM
Mary Sicard
William Huber
Thank you for posting the photo of his tombstone on his memorial page.
Added by Mary Sicard on Jul 15, 2015 7:28 PM
Richard K. Ross
RE: Mary McCracken Ferry edit

I see that you agreed with me on the "M" for her middle initial. Thanks for adding it. I keep looking for more information on their family and others buried in your area. Have a great day!

Added by Richard K. Ross on Jul 15, 2015 6:19 PM
sherry faulkner
Lura Marie Makepeace Simons
The information on her first husband is
Henry H Faulkner B:08/25/1891 D: 1966 Kansas City Missouri. They had 3 children 1. Helen L Faulkner Williamson B: 1915 2. Paul L Faulkner B:1917 3. Louise Faulkner B:1919. I hope this helps out. When he married Elsie Meisinger this is where my husbands roots start.
Added by sherry faulkner on Jul 12, 2015 2:00 PM
Pattie Ford
RE: Valeira Lyon memorial updates
Thanks Richard but there is no need to send any documents to me, I appreciate the offer though! Yes I read your bio and it looks good! Thumbs Up!

Added by Pattie Ford on Jul 10, 2015 5:35 PM
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