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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
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Bio Photo I am continuing the family tree research that my father started - he did a great job of researching and gathering quite a bit of information, and I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy and our Find A Grave memorials. I'm located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Having quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important, so I take this seriously. What is the point of taking a photo of a stone or plaque if you cannot easily read the inscription? There is nothing more frustrating than having a photo posted with the inscription obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or if the photo is too small to be readable! Also, there are professional organizations, like the Daughters of the American Revolution, that rely on these photos for verification of claims, and they cannot use photos with unreadable inscriptions. Taking the time to do them right shows that we respect the families and the people they have memorialized. I am preaching (ranting?) here in the hope that my advice will help other volunteer photographers.

Tips for good photos:
1. Take the time to clean up whatever is blocking the inscription, but do no physical changes or cleaning that may damage the markers in any way. I keep a pair of grass trimmers, small whisk broom, garden knife, spray bottle of water and a roll of paper towels with me. Water can bring out some inscriptions, and combined with paper towels is pretty good for removing bird poop. A bottle of hand sanitizer is also advised.
2. Shoot with a high resolution and reduce it to just below the 3MB limit for posting it so that viewers will have a large enough inscription to read.
3. Get in close and as level as possible with the stones and markers (kneeling is allowed :-)) so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make them look like they were taken from satellite (we have Google Earth for that).
4. If the stone is in shadow, try using forced flash, also called fill flash, on your camera.
5. Shoot the FULL plaque or stone - these are often ornate and beautiful. Take a close up of the inscriptions if you feel the full shot won't be adequately readable. Browse my photos - I practice what I preach.

Please let us know if you are not happy with any of the photos we provide. Ask us to retake a photo if you'd like a different angle, less shade, grass/weeds/snow/ice removed that may be obstructing the inscription, and so on. These are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings at graveside and post them on the memorials (in the Plot GPS fields). Just by clicking the GPS link, you're able to zoom in from satellite and see the actual cemetery and plot. If you have a portable GPS and no map of the cemetery, use the coordinates to take you right to the grave when visiting. Try it out!
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J. H. O'Cain Jr
McBride
Thanks again for taking the time to obtain the grave marker photos. May i have permission to use many of them on Ancestry.com? I will add a credit line for your work.

Jim
Added by J. H. O'Cain Jr on Jul 08, 2014 3:30 PM
J. H. O'Cain Jr
Roan
Thank you for the time you took to take the grave marker photos. It is appreciated.

Jim
Added by J. H. O'Cain Jr on Jul 04, 2014 9:35 AM
Jackie
RE: Rebecca Royds Ouseley
Bill,
Tried to take my pictures down, but their gone, and yours are up.
Jackie
Added by Jackie on Jul 03, 2014 11:25 AM
J_A_nyce
Ouseley clan
MANY MANY THANKS!!!!!
Added by J_A_nyce on Jun 29, 2014 2:37 PM
J_A_nyce
RE: Ouseley family burial plots Lawn Croft Cemetery
Thanks so much! I'll give her a call tomorrow!!! I noticed that Laurel Hill charges for information, so I'll start with LCC and see if they have record of Emma, and now also Anne Ouseley Draper...and on it goes haha!! Blessings,
Added by J_A_nyce on Jun 29, 2014 11:48 AM
J_A_nyce
Memorial# 131617166
Anne Ouseley Draper is supposedly buried at Lawn Croft Cemetery as well per her obit

"Mrs. Anne Ousley Draper, formerly of
Chester, wife of Samuel A. Draper, died
Saturday in Stuart, Fla.
In addition to her husband, she is survived
by a daughter, Mrs. Isabela Evans Smith of
Stuart. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday
at the Herbert T. Quinn Funeral Home,
516 E. 9th St., Chester.

Burial will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower
Chichester."
Added by J_A_nyce on Jun 29, 2014 11:36 AM
J_A_nyce
One more mystery!
DC shows burial of Emma Rebecca Culin Phillips Blakeley Parsons buried in Chester Rural Cemetery 13 May 1929. However a call to CRC shows she was moved on 26 June 1930 to Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia County. HOWEVER Lawn Croft burial records from family show she is buried at Lawn Croft on this same date of 26 June 1930. Can you corroborate this for us? Lot 144 Section 38

buried with
John N Culin, Charles Culin, Lydia Culin, Samuel Phillips, Emma B Parsons, Samuel Phillips.
Added by J_A_nyce on Jun 29, 2014 11:29 AM
J_A_nyce
Ouseley family burial plots Lawn Croft Cemetery
Bless you for sorting out the mystery of where Rebecca and Maria were buried. I have adjusted their records to reflect your findings. I do soooo appreciate your dedication and this really goes a long way to updating inaccurate records. I've passed on this information to all family involved with researching this line of the Phillips clan. Again, BLessings
Added by J_A_nyce on Jun 29, 2014 11:07 AM
Glenn Sullivan
Frank Julius and Hannah Francena Cassell
Bill,

You are doing great work, thanks so much. The Cassell's (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94723045) are my mom's first cousins - some are still living in Chester. On the memorial I linked to above, you show Hannah Francena as Frank Julius' wife, but she is his sister. Daughter of Frans and Hannah.

Just an FYI.

Glenn
Added by Glenn Sullivan on Jun 25, 2014 11:18 AM
April K
RE: Orris Reed photo
You're welcome, Bill :) Sorry for the delayed response-my email has been messed up and for some reason Find a Grave alerts were going to my junk folder. Glad I could help out :)
Added by April K on Jun 24, 2014 5:54 PM
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