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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 7 years, 7 months, 29 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 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.

//Richard - /October 4, 2014 (profile updated)

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Kermit Schafer
Thomas H. Thompson
My father was a good friend of Thomas Thompson and we are looking for the books he wrote. We can only find "The Ware Boys". Do you know the names of the other books that he wrote?
Added by Kermit Schafer on Nov 18, 2014 1:29 PM
K L Bonnett
William L Bonnett
In Birmingham Cemetery. Just got a note from person telling me she thinks she found another spouse for William L Bonnett in Missouri. He was one of my entries but thought you would find it of interest. I agree it is his wife based on her obituary and added her as spouse . The wifes number is 73782337
Added by K L Bonnett on Nov 17, 2014 3:32 PM
Nettie Elmore
Hi--I am Freda, Nettie (Shy) Emry Elmore's great-granddaughter. Her middle name was Adell and she was incidentally never known as Betty. I just wanted to let you know since there appeared to be some uncertainty about that. Thank you for posting all this information about the Shy family.
Added by F.Williams on Nov 13, 2014 10:32 PM
Jim Peterson
RE: Krumboltz children
Hi Richard,
Thanks again for your genealogy assistance when I dropped by the Fairfield library a couple years ago. I'm finalizing a 115 page history of the Walgren and Krumboltz families and plan to mail a couple copies of the completed volume to the library before Christmas.

Jim Peterson
Added by Jim Peterson on Nov 09, 2014 10:19 AM
Priscilla Lowe
Fulton's and Urie's
Richard, We visited Fairfield (from Portland, OR) at the end of September, and were so impressed with your assistance. Not only did we find some obscure graves, but we enjoyed our time and conversation with you. We appreciate your dedication to details and accuracy of the information you publish. And, I totally agree with you, one must post correct names and contact information on public on-line sites.
My goal is to help others as you helped us. There are not words to express our appreciation.Priscilla Belin, Milwaukie, Oregon
Added by Priscilla Lowe on Nov 06, 2014 12:49 AM
Patrick O
David J Gover 66739378
I was doing research on John W. Kouns from Eugene, Lane County, Oregon. His wife was Eva L. Kouns. In the 1900 Census for Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, they were living with her son James H. Gover (Age 15 Born 1885 Iowa). I found a record for Eva L. Johnson married D.J. Gover 05th April 1883, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa. His parents were Elijah Gover & Esther Chivers as per the details on your memorial for David J. Gover.
I have added the marriage record to your site. I hope that is okay.
Eva L Kouns memorial is 48778264
I will be requesting a link to your site.
Added by Patrick O on Nov 05, 2014 1:02 PM
Myrna Tuning
Selma Jacobson Roberts

Finally getting back to genealogy. I've made the changes you suggested on this memorial. Thanks for the info.

Question: I find that Selma and Charles Orville Roberts had an infant who was born and died 24 Feb 1916. In the Jacobson plot or elsewhere in the Evergreen Cemetery have you come across a stone or info regarding this infant? Thanks so much for all you do!!!

Myrna Tuning
Added by Myrna Tuning on Nov 04, 2014 1:57 PM
Ann Gardner
Thank you for all the additional information, photos, corrections, and family links ! Your work is appreciated !
Added by Ann Gardner on Oct 30, 2014 5:14 AM
Marion County Genealogical Society
memorial # 101809199
See memorial number 137552691

Arnold Davis
Cemetery Project Chairman
Added by Marion County Genealogica... on Oct 21, 2014 8:15 AM
Russell Alan Babcock
Richard, many thanks for the photo of the unmarked burial location for Jessie, Eva and "Jennetta". and creating memorials for Eva & "Jennetta". For your updating on Find A Grave: "Jennetta": Her birth name was Lydia Jennette WEDGE, b. 1845 Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, d. 17 Nov 1896 Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Iowa. She married Jabez Kellogg MULKINS, b. 27 Aug 1837 Posey Twp., Harrison Co., Indiana d. 15 Apr 1979 Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Iowa. They had 8 known children:
1, Viola Arnettie "Ole", Find A Grave# 38969818.
2, Jesse Erline, Find A Grave# 135371871.
3, Francis "Frank" Kellogg, Find A Grave# 74479063.
4, Evelina "Eva" Mary, Find A Grave# 137407221.
5, Willard, Find A Grave# 74478934.
6, Laura Estella, died aft 1910+?
7, Martha Althea "Mattie", Find A Grave# 27140991.
8, Ernest Orville, Find A Grave# 102326251.

I may have birth, death and other info on their families, if requested.
Added by Russell Alan Babcock on Oct 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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