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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 20 days
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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. 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 FaG 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 photos are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings with a vintage handheld Garmin Nuvi 350 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!
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Billy Walker
Pvt Crosley Wilson # 70561359
Thank you for posting the pictures of private Wilson's gravesite and tombstone. It was reassuring to see his name was engraved as "Crosley", as that is how it appears on the regimental roster. The pictures help make the memorial to him more complete-- Billy
Added by Billy Walker on May 05, 2015 8:08 AM
Dawna
Wilson Family
Thank you for the photos of the tombstones marking the graves of Levis Wilson and his family. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.
Added by Dawna on Apr 30, 2015 9:58 PM
Betty Jean Wolverton-Dwyer/George
Birtwell Family Headstone Photo
Dear Bill,

Thank you for going to the cemetery and not only taking photos of the Birtwell Family but the one photo with the many headstones with GPS, names and dates is wonderful.

Many blessings to you for this extra effort for those unknown to you.

Kind regards,
BJ
Added by Betty Jean Wolverton-Dwye... on Apr 30, 2015 10:05 AM
seekingancestors
Emma & William Rutherford
Thanks Bill for putting the photos on of the location of the graves. These are my Great Great Grandparents. I had no idea they would not be marked but I guess my Great Grandparents could not afford the expense at that time
Added by seekingancestors on Apr 29, 2015 10:06 AM
C. Krueger
Photo of Old Union United Methodist Church
Yes it was. I understand the church is now closed and I am so happy to have the photograph on Edmund's Memorial Page. Carolyn
Added by C. Krueger on Apr 28, 2015 10:40 AM
C. Krueger
Photo of Old Union United Methodist Church
Awesome Bill! Thank you so much. Carolyn Krueger
Added by C. Krueger on Apr 28, 2015 10:11 AM
Linda Rhoadarmer
Ross family
Thank you so much for taking those pictures of the Ross family. They look wonderful. They have some nice headstones. Could you send me the JPG file for those headstones. Sarah Chambers Ross is a relative of my husbands. His mother was a Chambers who was born in 1900. Again, thank you for helping us. Linda
Added by Linda Rhoadarmer on Apr 28, 2015 8:00 AM
C. Krueger
Church Picture
I made a mistake Bill. Edmund Lord's Memorial No. is 9401032. Sorry - Carolyn K
Added by C. Krueger on Apr 28, 2015 6:31 AM
C. Krueger
Photo of Old Union United Methodist Church
Hi bill - I wondered if it was possible to have you put your beautiful photo of this church on Edmund Lord's Memorial page number 65619302. He is buried in the church cemetery. I am not sure if rules say I can request this but it would certainly be a nice addition to his page. Sincerely - Carolyn Krueger
Added by C. Krueger on Apr 28, 2015 6:28 AM
Joe & Linda (Ashley) Conroy
Gary Groh #123337444
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request. Your photos are wonderful and I am truly appreciative of your efforts. Thank you for being a Find A Grave volunteer!

Linda Ashley Conroy

Added by Joe & Linda (Ashley) Conr... on Apr 27, 2015 5:55 PM
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