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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 7 years, 23 days
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Bio Photo 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.

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 - /April 16, 2014 (profile updated)

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V Flesher
Liggett children
Thank you for adding the Liggett children. I did not have this information.
Added by V Flesher on Apr 21, 2014 5:58 AM
Martha Shanahan
Thank you very much for getting the nice photo of the Winsell stone and adding the other memorials/family members. Much appreciated!!
Added by Martha Shanahan on Apr 15, 2014 9:05 AM
Jackie L. Wolfe
Good Work, Thanks Sarah Elizabeth Laughlin Beale, # 17748214.
had Done jackie
Added by Jackie L. Wolfe on Apr 12, 2014 7:50 PM
Jackie L. Wolfe
Good Work, Thanks Sarah Elizabeth Laughlin Beale, # 17748214.
had Done jackie
Added by Jackie L. Wolfe on Apr 12, 2014 7:50 PM
Kay Baldwin
RE: Robertson photos
Thank you very much for your permission!
kay Baldwin
Added by Kay Baldwin on Apr 08, 2014 10:21 AM
Kay Baldwin
RE: Aquila T. Robertson and other Robertson graves in Bethel Cemetery
Information below show the where and the F. A. G. number of Aquila T. Robertson (my 1st cousin 5x removed)
Bethel Cemetery
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Row 12 going north

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Created by: Richard K Thompson
Record added: Nov 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62128080

I just discovered this person as I was studying my Robertson family connections, so others in this cemetery are also likely to be related if only by marriage. May I have your permission to use your photos on my ancestry pages? When I do this I always give credit and the F. A. G. number. Thank you for considering my request.

F. Y. I. Aquila is the descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot, Nathan Robertson, who is my 5th great grandfather and my patriot by which I was able to join the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Kay Baldwin
Added by Kay Baldwin on Apr 06, 2014 9:22 PM
Dora #73735214
Hi Richard. You had requested a photo for Dora Ersel "Ersel" Webber Addis #73735214. I found the spot (F84), but there is no marker for her, and I looked all around in case the map was a little off. Right where I expected to find her, there is a double-grave-size depression in the ground. So something is or was there. You might call the cemetery to inquire if she is there. (319) 338-0231
Added by Sue on Mar 29, 2014 1:34 PM
karen christy meeker
Memorial# 55340757
Thanks for adding the obit. I added County Cork as place of birth.
Added by karen christy meeker on Mar 26, 2014 4:04 PM
John Cole Gow
Hi Richard, I have been researching my ancestory for 15 years so I appreciate the dedication you have.

I just started up on this particular line of mine which is through my maternal "Clowes" family. The Gow line for me starts with John Gow and Agnes McDougal of Perthshire, Scotland.

This John Cole Gow is my 1st cousin 4X removed. He is the son of John Gow Sr. who was married to "Mary", no known maiden name.

For the other Gows in the same area, John Cole's siblings were James, Peter,David and Mary. All born roughly between 1843 and 1853. So far I haven't been able to find them but it seems likely that they all came to Iowa...It appears they first went to Nebraska shortly after arrival in US.

That's the extent of my knowledge but wanted to at least provide information. John Gow and Mary G. are buried in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Mike Llewelyn
Portland, OR
Added by Mike on Mar 25, 2014 9:54 PM
G M Rice
Rev. John Condit
Nice Job Richard! It was work to get those obits posted! You contribute so much to "your" postings and it is appreciated by those of us looking for our families!

Added by G M Rice on Mar 24, 2014 7:13 AM
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