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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 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. 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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Messages left for Bill Bloom (554)[Leave Message]
Ronald Walter Tipton
Joseph Hickman

Thanks for trying to fulfill the photo request for my great-great grandfather's grave.

Have a great day!

Added by Ronald Walter Tipton on Apr 24, 2015 9:33 AM
Natalie Schlesinger
Abram H Fleming
Thank you so very much for the photo! Your time and effort are very much appreciated!!!!!
Added by Natalie Schlesinger on Apr 23, 2015 11:10 AM
I just saw the information you added. Wow, I'm impressed. Thank you so much. Carol
Added by Carol on Apr 23, 2015 9:11 AM
Elizabeth Gilbert Richardson
Thank you so much.
Added by Carol on Apr 23, 2015 8:14 AM
Elizabeth Gilbert Richardson
Thank you so much.
Added by Carol on Apr 23, 2015 8:14 AM
Sheri West
Groh Tombstone
Thank you so much for the photos :)
Added by Sheri West on Apr 20, 2015 10:07 PM
Sharon Stevens
Photo of my parents headstone
Thank you!
Added by Sharon Stevens on Apr 19, 2015 7:39 PM
Katherine Repass
Donald Bullock
Thank you for getting this photo for me. You were really quick doing this!
Added by Katherine Repass on Apr 17, 2015 6:40 PM
Loraine Lucas
Graul Gravestone Photos
I need to edit the message I sent you earlier today. There was in fact a retake photo of my Grandparents gravestone by someone, I was just seeing the first one when I sent you the message.

Take care. Thank you.
Added by Loraine Lucas on Apr 13, 2015 12:45 PM
Loraine Lucas
RE: Graul Gravestone Photos
I have read your bio and may I commend you on your attention and concern that the gravestone be made presentable and as legible as possible for the photo. The photo taken of my Grandparents headstone Find A Grave Memorial# 113877296 in Green Mount (related to the photos you just took for me) is not easy to read. It's been cleaned up now for a while but noone has answered my photo request to retake the photo. I see GPS is now on that page though, did you put it there because you saw its connection to photos you did for Laura and Norman Graul?;). If so, thank you. I assume the GPS helps locate the gravesite and that is beneficial as I encourage my relatives to visit there.

Thank you again. Your volunteer efforts contribute a great deal to important precious family ties.

Added by Loraine Lucas on Apr 13, 2015 11:48 AM
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