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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 6 months, 9 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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Messages left for Bill Bloom (776)[Leave Message]
Momma Sles
Samuel Hamilton
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Added by Momma Sles on Jan 23, 2017 9:45 AM
Christina Maude Neible Nelson
Okay..I didn't even realize you got the photo as well. Again...beautiful job! Thank yo so much!
Added by Debbie on Jan 22, 2017 2:21 PM
George Vance Nelson
Bill, thank you so much for the headstone photo. As usual, you did a beautiful job. Always above and beyond in your efforts.
Added by Debbie on Jan 22, 2017 2:19 PM
George W. Moore
Thanks for taking the time to find and photograph George's memorial for me. The photo looks great.
Added by Mother2Many on Jan 21, 2017 4:31 PM
Nancy Gibson Lowe
arry & Reba Koeneman
Thank you for adding the photo to Harry & Reba's memorials.
~ Nancy Lowe
Added by Nancy Gibson Lowe on Jan 14, 2017 11:40 AM
Terry Large Prizer
Photo of William & Mary Flaville
Immense thanks for their grave stone photo.
Stephen Prizer, their second great grandson
Added by Terry Large Prizer on Jan 10, 2017 5:08 PM
Helen White, thank you!
Wow, that was quick. We only figured out where Helen Martin Passin White was buried last weekend and photo request immediately fulfilled. It is greatly appreciated as family spread across country. Again so grateful.
Added by TheFamilyTree on Jan 10, 2017 8:27 AM
Sharon Smith
Lawncroft Cem
Thanks so much for the memorial pic for Effie Moss burial at the Lawncroft Cemetery & thank you for being a volunteer for Find a Grave.
Added by Sharon Smith on Jan 06, 2017 2:09 PM
Larry Matthews
Julius A and Mary Barnett Gill
Thanks so much for connecting a photo of the grave marker for this couple. It's largely the work of volunteers like you that this valuable site continues to expand and provide researchers with more facts.

From Lawn Croft Cemetery in Chester, PA

Larry Matthews
Raleigh, NC
Added by Larry Matthews on Dec 20, 2016 7:27 AM
Mary Lou
Mary & Julius Gill
Bill, Thank you so much for your great work. You are a gift from Heaven!
Added by Mary Lou on Dec 19, 2016 9:22 PM
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