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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy and am 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 an inscription that obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or too small to be readable? This is also important to 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 here (ranting?) 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 FaG limit for posting it so that viewers will have a large enough inscription to read.
3. Get in as close and level as possible to the stones and markers - don't be afraid to kneel so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make your shots 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 photos are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings with a handheld Garmin Nuvi 2598 at graveside and post them on the memorials (in the Plot GPS fields) after tweaking the coordinates in Google Maps. Just by clicking the memorial's 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!

And lastly, thank you for all you do to help us out!
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Barb (Singleton McKim) West
James Nolan West
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph not only Jim's grave site but the entire family plot as well. I wasn't aware that Jim's marker hadn't been added yet so I do appreciate having at least his Vietnam service marker. Your work is very much appreciated!
Added by Barb (Singleton McKim) We... on Feb 03, 2016 3:36 PM
George Lombardo
Hi Bill - Thanks for the Lombardo tombstone photo. I expected you to photograph wife Ethel's stone as I requested, but someone beat you to it, I guess. The McMaster family is also descended from Jane and Arthur McClintock and you have greatly helped me with them in the past. Thanks again for that.
Added by Everlastings on Feb 03, 2016 2:04 PM
Kathy Brown
Hannah Clough
Thank you again for taking and uploading these tombstone pictures for me.
Kathy Brown
Added by Kathy Brown on Jan 31, 2016 11:06 AM
Kathy Brown
James and Maria Fallows
Thank you for the tombstone pictures of the Fallows. It is much appreciated.
Kathy Brown
Added by Kathy Brown on Jan 30, 2016 11:23 AM
Norma McClain
Steele Family
Bill! I can't thank you enough for the amazing photo of the entire lot of the Steele family!! It is positively awesome!
Added by Norma McClain on Jan 24, 2016 6:27 AM
Richard Soash
for the Ramaika grave photos and newspaper articles.

Much appreciated.

Richard Soash
Added by Richard Soash on Jan 22, 2016 3:54 AM
Richard Soash
for the Ramaika grave photos and newspaper articles.

Much appreciated.

Richard Soash
Added by Richard Soash on Jan 22, 2016 3:54 AM
Norma McClain
Thank you Bill!
Will enter that request!!
Added by Norma McClain on Jan 19, 2016 6:05 AM
Norma McClain

Hello Bill-
Peter is my 2nd GGF, would you be so kind as to transfer him to me?

Added by Norma McClain on Jan 18, 2016 11:14 AM
Thank you for taking the time to photograph and post the headstone photo.

Added by Infinity on Jan 13, 2016 7:50 PM
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