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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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Bill Walton
Media Cemetery
Thank You for the photo

Added by Bill Walton on Nov 13, 2014 6:43 AM
Gianna D
Arthur McCoy
Thanks for adding the death certificate to Arthur McCoy at Chester Rural. It appears to give a death date of 1908 BUT the child was 10 months 16 days old which would make him born in 1918. On close examination the 0 may have been written over a 1.

Also the family does not remember talk of a 10 year old who died only several babies.

What do you think?
Added by Gianna D on Nov 08, 2014 9:07 PM
Gianna D
RE: Arthur F. McCoy #123129002
Wow! Thanks again. My brother-in-law was here today and amazed at all your photos and records. He never knew much about his family.
Added by Gianna D on Nov 08, 2014 9:01 PM
Debbie B
Bill, thanks again for all your help. Oddly, this family is completely unrelated to my husband's family members who are in the same cemetery. In this case, Helen Ross's second marriage was to a fellow who grew up in a historic home here in Oak Park Illinois, and I researched the house and its families for a housewalk. Small world. Plus, that family had to have known my ancestors--they belonged to the same church in Chicago and had babies baptized a day apart. Anyway, I appreciate your great pictures and especially the one that shows where the exact burial sites are.
Added by Debbie B on Nov 05, 2014 6:52 PM
Susan Makky
Goff Memorials
Thank you for sponsoring the memorials for my great uncles Harry and Edward "Roland" Goff, and for the photos, as well.
Added by Susan Makky on Nov 05, 2014 5:46 PM
Gianna D
Price Information
Once again thank you for all your help in locating the graves of family members. Your hard work is very much appreciated.
Added by Gianna D on Nov 05, 2014 3:14 PM
Harry Goff Photos
Thanks so much for the pictures for Harry Goff and also for adding pictures for his brother, Edward.
Added by kck on Nov 05, 2014 1:48 PM
Gianna D
RE: Lillian Narvell
Thank you Your work is really appreciated.
Added by Gianna D on Nov 04, 2014 8:58 PM
Gianna D
Narvell-Peters Photos and Memorials
Thank you very much for the photos and amazingly fast reply to my request. Ruth Peters is the daughter of John L and Lillian Narvell. Their son/brother is the John L Narvell at Chester Rural Cemetery.

Added by Gianna D on Nov 04, 2014 8:53 PM
Gianna D
Lillian Narvell
There is a memorial for Lillian at Chester Rural Cemetery likely because of the death notice attached to the memorial. Her death certificate does in fact list Lawn Croft Cemetery. thank you

PS are you a family member?
Added by Gianna D on Nov 04, 2014 2:02 PM
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