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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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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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Richard K. Ross
RE: John and Ulricka Nelson memorial updates

It's always a pleasure to here from you my friend. I will take a look at those memorials of John and Ulricka Nelson. I've been working on my cousin's lineage, which includes the Nelsons. They are his Great Great Grandparents. His Grandfather is Albert Lee Nelson, son of John Oscar Nelson, who is the son of John and Ulricka. I appreciate all of your efforts on Find A Grave, and you are certainly an expert at digging up the facts, which is exactly what we need. Many thanks! Keep up the great work!

If you ever get to Keokuk county and feel like digging some day, I have a relative that I can't seem to find out when he died and where he is buried. His name is John Bertram Ferry, and he was born in Keokuk I think in 1866. He was the one that married Mary McCracken, daughter of Enos and Sidney McCracken. I have done some research and found that a John Ferry was a patient in Center, Henry, Iowa during the 1930 census. Also, I found a John Ferry in a poor house in Keokuk County I think in the 1940's, but couldn't find anymore. Have a great day and keep in touch, it was great to hear from you again

Added by Richard K. Ross on May 04, 2015 5:43 PM
Lois Jensen
RE: Shriner photos
I have added the military plaque that is on the back of the stone.
Added by Lois Jensen on May 03, 2015 2:46 PM
Emma Simmons
Blanche Heckethorn
Do you have any idea who reported the flower I left on her memorial naming her parents. That is not against findagrave policy? She is my cousin and family. Not happy about this.
Added by Emma Simmons on May 02, 2015 12:09 PM
Emma Simmons
Blanche Simmons Heckethorn
Richard, Thank you for the respect to my family by setting up these memorials and doing the edits and corrections. Blanche is the daughter of Jeremiah A. Simmons and Mary Jane Carothers-Simmons. The family lived in Rock Island County, Illinois until 1899 and then moved to Van Buren County, Iowa. Blance's father Jeremiah is the younger brother of my Great Grandfather Theodore Aaron Simmons, Sr. I have "had fun trying to track them (Jeremiah and Mary Jane's) kids. They had 13 in all. Many died in infancy and are buried in Andalusia, Illinois. Thanks again :-)
Added by Emma Simmons on May 02, 2015 12:01 PM
Emma Simmons
Blanche Simmons Heckethorn
According to our family records her name is Blanche. I submitted an edit for that.
Added by Emma Simmons on Apr 30, 2015 3:06 PM
Becky Smith~ Schee
Mary L Cochran
Thank you so much for transferring this memorial to me.
I would love a copy of the newspaper clipping of Mary's obituary. If you have it.

Have a blessed day,

I tried to email you but it wouldn't go thur.
Added by Becky Smith~ Schee on Apr 27, 2015 12:36 PM
Sharon B.
RE: Simon and Minnie Anderson photos

Just finished reading your updated profile! Thanks for all the information and also for sharing your great sense of humor!

You are an inspiration to others who volunteer their time and efforts to make FIND A GRAVE, such a valuable research tool!

Keep up the great work you do!
~ Sharon
Added by Sharon B. on Apr 27, 2015 10:56 AM
Sharon B.
RE: Simon and Minnie Anderson photos
Thanks so much for your note!

I'm always happy to help with FIND A GRAVE photo requests, and better yet to find and photograph the requested grave stones!

Best Wishes!
Added by Sharon B. on Apr 27, 2015 10:40 AM
Becky Smith~ Schee
Mary L Cochran
I was wondering if you would transfer Mary L Cockran & family to me. Mary L Cockran is the sister to my husbands great grandfather.

Memorial# 136934490


Have a Blessed day!
Added by Becky Smith~ Schee on Apr 26, 2015 9:16 PM
Monica Moriarty
Elizabeth J Long
I saw your note on Sarah Blackburn-Davis-Long's memorial (69491089) regarding a grave marker for Elizabeth. I believe William Kincad Long and Cyrena Miller Long are her parents as William is the son of Robert Long and Sarah Blackburn-Davis-Long. I feel you guessed correctly that Elizabeth is likely their granddaughter. I have therefore suggested linkage of Elizabeth's memorial to William and Cyrena's memorials. Monica
Added by Monica Moriarty on Apr 20, 2015 11:29 AM
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