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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 3 years, 9 months, 8 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 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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Messages left for Bill Bloom (425)[Leave Message]
SherlockTAS
Cheyneys
Thanks for the tombstone photos!
Added by SherlockTAS on Apr 03, 2014 12:07 AM
Anonymous
Yanks
Thank you so much for that picture on both memorials. It is very good and the transcription and location information is greatly appreciated. What a nice job you do. Are you related? Would you like to have these memorials transferred to you?
Added by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2014 2:11 PM
EHL
Allan and Alice Aveyard
Thank-You ever so much for the transfers of the 2 memorials!

If I can help you in anyway please let me know!

Regards

Alan.
Added by EHL on Mar 17, 2014 5:17 PM
Susan Pescosolido Richardson
Anna Hoff
Thank you, Bill for her grave picture.
Added by Susan Pescosolido Richard... on Mar 17, 2014 11:00 AM
EHL
Allan Aveyard 126402103
Ditto

Regards

Allan.
Added by EHL on Mar 16, 2014 12:07 AM
EHL
Alice Aveyard 126402137
is there any chance you could transfer her memorial over to me?

regards

Allan
Added by EHL on Mar 16, 2014 12:05 AM
Peggy Bargen Duey
Lena Duey photo request
A BIG thank you for the wonderful job that you did marking the graves of William & Lena Duey, Florence Walker and Albin Pierce. I greatly appreciate all the time and effort that you did on these graves.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Mar 09, 2014 5:22 PM
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

Wendy
Added by Wendy McIntosh on Mar 03, 2014 2:38 PM
Pauline Hill
Hunnum
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.
Pauline
Added by Pauline Hill on Mar 03, 2014 10:45 AM
Dee S.
Thank You!!
Dear Bill,

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.

Dee Sharp
Added by Dee S. on Feb 27, 2014 6:07 AM
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