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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. 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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Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mellen-Taylor
RE: Memorial# 143226928 Hattie Ingram Parker-Matlack
Yes, this is a sad story for this Dutton-Matlack family, as well as Hattie's Birth Parents' family. My Paternal GGF, Joseph Filmore Parker, Sr. (#96646207) lost three children out of six, as well as his young wife, Anna Rebecca (nee Plankinton #134675568)...all within a few years. Hattie was his youngest. After his wife died, Hattie & the next youngest, my Paternal GM, Lillie Dell (nee Parker-Tompkins/Handwork-LeBaron #41842650) were both Adopted. Hattie to the Matlack-Dutton family & Lillie to the Tompkins-Greenfields. Joseph married again and had two more natural children added to his three Step-Children and three (6) first children!

That said, since I am not "blood-related" to the families of Dutton, Matlack, Kerney, Taylor or Kershaw, I do not need the nicely offered Transfer. In searching for Hattie's information, I did find Tryon H. Dutton (1891-1891). He was the son of Henry Harrison Dutton (1842-1908) & Sarah Rachael "Sallie" Kearney/Kerney (1839-1912). Tryon's info. is in the Pennsylvania & New Jersey, Church & Town Records, 1708-1985, found on www.ancestry.com through my Family Tree there. Stating B/D dates and "Media Burial Grounds, Grave No. 2035".

Again Bill, thank you so much for your very diligent records and super photography! I liked your hints for Volunteer Photographers! I hope your advice is heeded!

I am especially grateful to all Volunteers for my families' headstone photos/cemetery locations, in PA and NY, as I live in Texas!

My Dad was born in Coatesville, Chester Co., and after his Father's early demise, (John Kendig Handwork #41842424, Mayor of Coatesville 1921) was reared in Springfield Township, Delaware Co.---your neck-o'-the-woods! Dad's Step-Father (Lynn Henry "Hank" LeBaron #60450351) had LeBaron Realty Co. & Springfield Savings & Loan, Ballymore Road & Saxer Ave. They lived on Harwicke Road, near Baltimore Pike.

I heard my Dad mention "Morton", many times! Your town has quite a history.

Whew! I got a little "wordy" there! Thanks so much for your dedication to helping folks! I like your Patriotic shirt in the photo!

Blessings to you and yours!
Janet Handwork Spencer
Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Mar 28, 2015 2:31 PM
Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mellen-Taylor
Memorial# 143226928
Little Hattie Ingram Parker-Matlack...Oh, my Bill! I cannot express my gratitude well enough to thank you for finding the Memorial Stone and photographing it so very beautifully! When I first found out about my Paternal Grandmother's baby sister dying so soon after their Mother...I never dreamed (but I hoped!) this discovery of the resting place for her would be so! I'm sure you noticed that the Dutton/Matlack family apparently lost three little ones within three years, per the headstone information. I only had a tiny note from my Grandmother about Hattie: "Buried in Dutton Lot in Media Cemetery"; and a very tiny Death Notice cut out of a newspaper. Again, thank you for this, and all you do for people to find family, on this site! God Bless You Abundantly for your Good Heart! Janet Handwork in Dallas, TX ID#47018985.
Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Mar 27, 2015 1:39 PM
Lanie
Media Cemetery
Thank you for the Lucas-Sagendorph family grave photos from Media Cemetery. I really appreciate your adding them. Thank you for the additional info, I have added it to the memorial. Thanks again for all you do!
Added by Lanie on Mar 26, 2015 1:32 PM
C. Krueger
Pvt. Joseph Howarth No. 987296851
Thank you Bill for the beautiful photograph of his gravestone. I liked seeing the flag and holder to honor him for volunteering for the Civil War. Makes the print extra special. You answered my request so fast. I am in awe of your dedication to helping so many of us. You certainly made my day. Most Sincerely - Carolyn Krueger
Added by C. Krueger on Mar 26, 2015 8:15 AM
Amelia76
Berardis & Luongos
Hi Bill! Thanks again for all your help in finding the rest of my Berardi and Luongo clan. It was great going out to St. Peter and Paul and seeing them all! Remember, if you ever need a grave photographed or found in the UK ask me first! Take care! 😊
Added by Amelia76 on Mar 25, 2015 7:50 PM
Lizann
Duplicate removed
Thank you for calling my attention to my duplicate submission. I have deleted it.
Added by Lizann on Mar 25, 2015 5:25 PM
Webspinner
Poor Family in Chester Rural Cemetery
Thank you for your volunteer service to Find A Grave.

Thank you also for the invaluable help with the very neglected branch of my family tree. I had no idea when I asked for photographs that there were no stones there. You went above and beyond to take and mark the pictures you did manage.

Your excellent research has brought up even more questions: Who are the Poore children buried with my Frehafer grandparents? I shall have to hunt down more records.

Thank you for your time.

Janilee Plummer
Added by Webspinner on Mar 22, 2015 4:07 AM
William F. McDade
Lillian Evans Lower (Copple)
Bill,

Thanks very much for your photographs at the memorial for Lillian Evans Lower (Copple) (1873-1948) (142670504).

I think that the grave of Lillian Lanier, buried July 6, 1948 is actually Lillian Lower. I cannot find a record of anyone named Lanier who died in Delaware County in 1948.

If Lillian is in your line, let me know and I will transfer her memorial to you. At one time I thought she was my great grandmother but I now know that my great grandmother was her older sister, Mary Evans Copple (1865-1897).

Regards,

Bill McDade
Added by William F. McDade on Mar 19, 2015 9:10 PM
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Amy Irene Bryant Webb
Thank You.

Sincerely,
Seedsofcuriousity
Added by seedsofcuriousity on Mar 14, 2015 8:13 AM
seedsofcuriousity
William H. Webb
Thank You.

Sincerely,
Seedsofcuriousity
Added by seedsofcuriousity on Mar 14, 2015 8:02 AM
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