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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 an inscription that obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or too small to be readable? This is also important to 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 here (ranting?) 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 as close and level as possible to the stones and markers - don't be afraid to kneel so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make your shots 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!

And lastly, thank you for all you do to help us out!
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Dawn
RE: Mary Iva Leland Neale in Media
Bill,

Thank you for all the information you have provided. I appreciate your efforts to fulfill my request. I knew very little of this Great Grandmother. As stated I am tracing my family lineage. I will review the information and update the information. Thank you again.

Dawn
Added by Dawn on Jul 30, 2015 4:32 PM
Sheila Peascheck
RE: Gerfin in Arlington Cemetery, PA
Done!!!
Added by Sheila Peascheck on Jul 27, 2015 7:32 PM
Alan Carlton
Grave Marker Photo
Thank you very much for taking a photograph of the grave marker of Seth Oscar Swenson. I request a photo for all of the memorials that I maintain because death certificates are frequently incomplete and incorrect.
Added by Alan Carlton on Jul 14, 2015 12:29 PM
Becky Helms Hice
Stutz
Bill, thank you so much for all the info on the Stutz's. I have met their son Gregory. Such a sad story. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave. Becky Hems Hice
Added by Becky Helms Hice on Jul 13, 2015 9:54 AM
Pamela P. Lavery
Re: Sandy Bank Burial Ground
Thank you for your response about the location, the next time I am in the area I intend to visit and photograph it. In the meanwhile I can tell someone who lives in Wilmington and has the same interest I do how to find this place. Thank you so very much.
Pamela Lavery
Added by Pamela P. Lavery on Jul 12, 2015 7:21 PM
Pamela P. Lavery
Sandy Bank Burial Ground
Can you tell me how to get to this cemetery? I haven't been able to find anyone else who knows about it. Thanks!
Pamela Lavery
Added by Pamela P. Lavery on Jul 10, 2015 8:54 AM
Joz
Gladys Reynolds Crispino # 54330611
Bill, as my memorial for this lady is a duplicate, I would ask that you enter your marker photos and the plot info into the correct memorial which is Gladys Reynolds Crispino # 52699397. Please let me know when you do and I will then delete my entry. Thanks, Joz
Added by Joz on Jun 26, 2015 2:48 PM
SMPowell
Elizabeth Stull
Thank you so very much for adding this great photo to this memorial. Appreciate the time and effort you and your wife devote to Find A Grave on behalf of others.
Sharon
Added by SMPowell on Jun 22, 2015 7:49 PM
MWH
Thanks
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph Samuel Smith's headstone. Greatly appreciated.
Added by MWH on Jun 21, 2015 2:27 PM
MHJ
Charles Edward Harris & Lina O. Harris
Bill:

Thank you so much for the great photos of these grave markers. It's very much appreciated.

Millie
Added by MHJ on Jun 20, 2015 1:15 PM
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