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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 1 month, 16 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. I track the tree using Legacy software and am located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Providing quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important to me, 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. Take the time to do them right and show respect to 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. My most used tools are a battery powered weed wacker, a spray bottle of water, paper towels and a whisk broom. Also on hand are a pair of grass trimmers, garden knife, bug spray and hand sanitizer.
1. If the inscription is hard to read, try spritzing with water. Wipe off the excess and take the shot.
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. The higher the resolution, the better it can be enlarged.
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 and post them also.
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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Robert
Mathews Family
Thank you so much for the photos!
Added by Robert on Aug 31, 2016 7:57 PM
Bob McLellan
Merrill
Bill, many thanks for taking the Merrill photos for me and also for locating and transferring May & Jessie Merrill.
Added by Bob McLellan on Aug 30, 2016 1:02 PM
CEllison
Osman, Raymond and Family
Bill thank you so much for taking the time and making the effort to get the photos of my Aunt and Uncle headstone.

I appreciate it.

May I have your permission to use the photo in my family tree?

Carol
Added by CEllison on Aug 27, 2016 5:16 PM
Linda Bunch
Photos
Thank you so much for the photos for Infant Daughter Loutzenhiser, I love the way you did that.
Linda
Added by Linda Bunch on Aug 27, 2016 3:32 PM
Susanne Wile
Emma Heacock Carpenter
Thanks once again, Bill, for taking the time to photo Emma and William Carpenter's gravestone.I have found multiple dates for her birth. The stone at least gives some evidence for one of them. I changed the year in her bio. Thanks also for adding the death certificates-so much useful information in them!
Susanne
Added by Susanne Wile on Aug 21, 2016 11:12 AM
Jessica
Weary
Thank you for finding out where Ralph Weary was located in the cemetery records. I just got back from a 13 day trip around Lake Michigan and visited my parents in the UP, so I was away from the computer for a while. Jessica
Added by Jessica on Aug 14, 2016 9:32 AM
Colleen
Laurina McGuckin
Thank you for taking the time to search for her grave and taking a picture of where her grave is located. I didn't know she doesn't have a grave stone.
Added by Colleen on Aug 06, 2016 11:45 PM
Terry
Chester Rural Cemetery
Many thanks for going out to look for and photograph the Courtney and Steel graves. I truly appreciate it.
Added by Terry on Aug 03, 2016 10:08 PM
Donna Schauss
RE: 152050648
I forgot to ck abt the yr - you could have left it on the pg. Can you re-post it? So much details to keep track of. I'll keep the yr in mind now. Thanks.
Added by Donna Schauss on Aug 02, 2016 2:55 PM
Donna Schauss
152050648
Thank you for posting the obit since I was able to copy for my ancestry tree. But best to delete off the mem pg now since it's against findagrave policy to post due to copyright law. Thanks.
Added by Donna Schauss on Aug 02, 2016 1:29 AM
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