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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. I track the tree using Legacy software and am located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Providing quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important to me, 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. Take the time to do them right and show respect to 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. My most used tools are a battery powered weed wacker, a spray bottle of water, paper towels and a whisk broom. Also on hand are a pair of grass trimmers, garden knife, bug spray and hand sanitizer.
1. If the inscription is hard to read, try spritzing with water. Wipe off the excess and take the shot.
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. The higher the resolution, the better it can be enlarged.
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 and post them also.
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 handheld Garmin Nuvi 2598 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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mary Jane obrien
Thank you so much for your help
Added by mary Jane obrien on Jun 21, 2017 2:10 PM
Lewis Caskey #102539593
Duplicate memorial has been merged by Find A
Grave, but you'll need to delete one of the death certificate images. Thanks.
Added by EmilyEm on Jun 19, 2017 9:32 AM
Bill, I unclaimed to 4 requests at Lawncroft. I'll explain if I see you there sometime, or email me.
Added by Jackie on Jun 16, 2017 6:47 AM
William Nees
Media Cemetery
Thank you very much for taking the photograph for me.
Added by William Nees on Jun 14, 2017 3:21 PM
Olive's Branch
Clifton Earl Sterling #180320637
Thank you, Bill, for your wonderful memorial and tribute to Mr. Sterling. Beautiful photo. GPS too! And you linked him to his parents, nice! I really appreciate all your efforts. Valerie
Added by Olive's Branch on Jun 13, 2017 3:27 PM
Emma Wear
Hi Bill,

I managed to find the resting place of Emma. Unfortunately the gravestone has fallen over and was completely covered. It took me a while to find her and I got lucky I think as I started clearing away mud and debris. I only had my hands so I apologise that I couldn't clean the stone as well as I would have liked but I can transcribe the stone from what I could see. I have added this images to her memorial.

Here goes:

In loving memory of
Samuel Wear
Who died Oct. 24th 1884
Aged 39 Years,

Also Emma wife of the above
who died March 17th 1924.
Aged 80 Years.

Also Abraham their son
who died July 17th 1893
Aged 25 years.

Also David their son
who died Nov 11th 1934
Aged 84(?) Years.

There is additional text that seems to say of the above suggesting their is a least one additional name but there was a heavy stone preventing me from seeing the rest.

I really hope this helps you, I see that you do a lot on this site for people and I am glad that I could fulfill one of your own personal photo requests.

Best wishes,

Added by Anouska on Jun 12, 2017 4:43 PM
Debbie W
Anna L Shields Headstone
Bill, Beautiful photograph of this family headstone! May I include the photo in the citation for this memorial in my tree? Of course, showing credits for you as the photographer. Kind regards, Debbie
Added by Debbie W on Jun 10, 2017 6:51 PM
Dan Oh
Taylor Nichols
This may be of interest to your research. Again, the dates are not transcription errors.

The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
December 1, 1885

Taylor S. Nichols

A telegram was received Monday stating that Taylor S. Nichols, of Akron, Ohio (well known here) is dead. He had been sick for some time with consumption. He is a brother of our townsman, Joseph G. Nichols. It has been only about six weeks since Mrs. Jos. G. Nichols buried her youngest sister.

December 2, 1885

Will be Buried To-day.- Taylor Nichols, who moved to Akron, Ohio, from West Chester about three years ago and whose death at that place was announced Tuesday, was a son of Taylor Nichols, deceased for many years a blacksmith at Strode's Mill. His remains will be buried in Akron to-day. A brother and sister of deceased also reside in Akron.

NICHOLS- At his residence in Akron, Ohio, November 29, Taylor Nichols of East Bradford, Chaster County, in the 40th year of his age.
Added by Dan Oh on Jun 09, 2017 12:34 PM
Dan Oh
Mary Eavenson

Just added and linked Mary A. Moore Eavenson to Thomas B. Eavenson.
Added by Dan Oh on Jun 09, 2017 9:37 AM
Dan Oh
RE: Albina Eavenson
OK. I'm actually sitting on the updates to see if I can find obits. If I let the go now, I won't have a record of what to look for. Sit tight, it will happen.
Added by Dan Oh on Jun 08, 2017 3:24 PM
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