|Bill Bloom (#47321231)|
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I am continuing the family tree research that my father started a few years before his passing. 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 not in this for the numbers but 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'm now taking GPS readings and posting 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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|Wendy McIntosh||Howard Smith 4202478|
I updated the plot as per your request, but the program would not let me add the GPS coordinates, it said the number had to be in this format : ddd.dddddd format
But the numbers you gave me had only dd.dddddd
Thanx for the information on Elizabeth and William Hunnum. I have contacted the manager of the memorial and asked for the correction to be made.
|Dee S.||Thank You!!|
Would like to give thanks to you for the photos you have taken of the Crueger headstones. Most appreciated!!! With your permission I would like to use the photos on my ancestry.com site giving credit to you of course. Thanks again.
Added by Dee S. on Feb 27, 2014 6:07 AM
|mark abraham||Velott Grave Photos|
Thanks for braving the snow! These photos are much appreciated. I've been trying to find out when Felix Velott was born and it was possible that there was a different date there.
|FS||RE: Photo rqst Donald Ward|
thanks for the update--we are expecting snow tonight, too!
Added by FS on Feb 12, 2014 7:56 AM
|FS||RE: Photo rqst Donald Ward|
thank you, Bill...still new at navigating find-a-grave so this is helpful! I had someone respond to fill my request for Donald Ward, but then she never got back to me and never filled the request so I am not sure what happened. Would still like a picture of his grave marker....
Added by FS on Feb 12, 2014 4:21 AM
|Kentalex3||Rebecca and Lewis Larkin Photos|
Thanks, Bill, for the quick photo request response on the Rebecca and Lewis Larkin gravestones.
Regards, Kent Alexander
Got your message and see that Andrew Boyd is already linked to spouse Mary Closs Louth. thanks for info!
|Ryan Bolles||Margaret Louth|
Thanks Bill for taking this picture for me.
|Lee Bennington||William Zimmer|
Thanks again, Bill. This time for the pic of the gravesite of my great uncle, William Zimmer, a former mounted patrolman in the Chester, PA police force. You have done a great service to his memory.
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