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Valerie Thompson (#47090947)
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Bio Photo I am a Professional Genealogist, researching primarily in Kentucky. Over ten years experience.
Anthropology, BA EKU
Twitter @vjthpsn
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 • 143 Memorials Added
 • 152 Memorials Managed
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Messages left for Valerie Thompso... (70)[Leave Message]
RE: Martha Camplin photo
Valerie, I am well aware of the Columbia Cemetery website. Have you still not read the photo caption, where I described exactly where Martha's unmarked grave is in relation to that monument? If you already knew about the Columbia website --- where it's clear Martha doesn't have a headstone and there is all that information you found so helpful --- why did you make a photo request in the first place? That is ridiculous for you to criticize my photo for, as you say, not being "great or useful". THERE IS NO HEADSTONE! What do you expect? That is not my fault, nor is it my fault that the reference Camplin headstone faces backwards from Martha's grave location. Are you only appreciative and "professional" when you take advantage of a photo volunteer's time, effort and willingness to try to help you, a total stranger, only if the photo turns out to have something "useful" to you? That is absurd and really not in the spirit of findagrave. Findagrave is a registry of graves. It is not your personal research tool wherein you can take advantage of people who contribute on a volunteer basis, apparently criticizing them in the process. Do your clients who hire you as a "professional genealogist" know that this is the way you operate? Good heavens. I will do some checking with professional genealogists I know if this is the accepted standard of behavior. In the meantime, in the many, many photo requests I see you have outstanding, you really should add a note that if there is no headstone, it would be better for the photo volunteer to simply post a problem report rather than post a gravesite photo that you could find so terribly unhelpful and annoying. Wow. Just wow.
Added by amys on Dec 18, 2014 9:33 AM
RE: Martha Camplin photo
Valerie - Clearly you did not go to any effort to examine the photo or its caption before jumping on my case. Your message comes across as demanding and rude, not to mention, unappreciative. Just so you know, out of the many no-headstone photo requests I've fulfilled in this cemetery --- where many, many of the graves are unmarked --- you are the only person who has responded with an *almost* laughably nasty note. Even if they are sad and/or disappointed to learn there is no headstone, everyone else I've heard from is appreciative. They like having a view of the grave site and seeing how it lies in relation to nearby headstones, especially when the headstones are other kin. Many really like the bouquet, too. I often offer to help with research here in Boulder, at no charge, since we have some great resources here. I will not be making such an offer to you. Have a delightful holiday, Amy
Added by amys on Dec 17, 2014 9:08 PM
William Banes & Frances Hawkins
Valerie, thank you so much!! I've long looked for information on these siblings of my 3rd great-grandparents, John Hawkins & Milly Barnes (brother & sister married sister & brother). If you have anything else, please contact me through my email. Thanks so much!! Barbara
Added by CZNBJL on Dec 10, 2014 11:59 AM
Karon Miller
RE: John thomas
Thanks so much, sorry about neglecting to include the number!
My JOhn Thomas #99991647 was the father of William R Thomas and the son of Robert Thomas. If you have any information on these three gentlemen I would really appreciate it.
thank you for you time,
Added by Karon Miller on Oct 07, 2014 12:08 PM
Karon Miller
John thomas
I am wondering do you have documentation to verify John Thomas is the son of Robert? If so, if you would have anything stating William R Thomas is the son of John I would really appreciate you sharing it with me.
Thank you so much,
Added by Karon Miller on Oct 06, 2014 10:12 PM
Joyce Tinsley
RE: Brock
I just made memorials for them earlier & I saw some info online about them that had your name on it. I just thought if you were related I would transfer them to you.
Added by Joyce Tinsley on Aug 08, 2014 10:23 AM
Joyce Tinsley
Are you related to Richard Brock & Hannah Jones of Lincoln County, KY?
Added by Joyce Tinsley on Aug 08, 2014 8:15 AM
Rob M
L. Credy - Cave Hill
Cave Hill's database says she is buried in Section 9, Range 279. I believe another location is provided on her memorial.
Added by Rob M on Jun 16, 2014 8:47 AM
Cathy Estes Sparks
Wm. Sylvester Robbins
Valerie---thank you for letting me know he's not listed in the grave records. I took over the management of his memorial from a more distant cousin, as I'm a direct descendant, but didn't change any of the info. Here's what we know. Sylvester, like his 2 brothers, served w/ the Federal 2nd Infantry Co. D.. They were stationed in the Somerset area, he was kicked by a horse,died, & was buried there, though the grave was not marked, if I recall correctly. I'll ask my cousin what family papers, if any, place him in Crab Orchard. If she doesn't have the hard data, I'll pull the cemetery name off his record. I know 2/3 of my 4th great-grandmother's boys were not buried in "home soil". Sylvester's brother died a POW at Andersonville, & is buried there. Thanks, again, for the heads-up. :)
Added by Cathy Estes Sparks on May 29, 2014 2:26 PM
Vergie McChesney Allen
John Thompson
Valerie - Wanted to let you know that I've made a few "suggested corrections" for John. According to census reports, he was born in 1839 and not 1847 as shown on his memorial page. I also added his wife, Delilah H. Painter and the date of marriage. Also added Molly Marie "Mare" Thompson McChesney as their daughter. Mare was married to my grand uncle, Emmett Budka McChesney. Hope all of this meets with your approval.
Vergie McChesney Allen
Added by Vergie McChesney Allen on May 07, 2014 2:48 AM
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