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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 7 years, 8 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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Jenessa Van
John Wallis's headstone
Dear Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to upload the marked picture from the cemetery. It means a lot to my family and I.
Added by Jenessa Van on Jul 22, 2017 10:14 AM
Sandra Russell Lyons
RE: My grandparents
Thank you so much. It truly is wonderful what you are doing.
Added by Sandra Russell Lyons on Jul 21, 2017 1:16 PM
Sandra Russell Lyons
My grandparents
Bill
Thanks for all the wonderful work you do, its greatly appreciated.

I was wondering if you could transfer the grave of my grandparents to me.

My grandparents are George and Annie Sellers.
The people listed are my mother, aunts and uncles.

Find A Grave Memorial# 176722378.
They are buried in Chester Rural Cemetery.

Thank you.
Sandra
Added by Sandra Russell Lyons on Jul 21, 2017 6:57 AM
William Mills
Bireley Family Plot
Thank you so much for adding the photos and excellent layout images for the Bireley family. I really do appreciate it!
Added by William Mills on Jul 19, 2017 3:56 PM
Connie Saculla
RE: John McCall
Thank you yes very warm in Stockton C.A this summer.
Appreciate your help !
Connie
Added by Connie Saculla on Jul 17, 2017 6:07 PM
Connie Saculla
John McCall
Wow Bill that was fast,
thank you so much for all the timeyou put into this great photo !!
The family will be so happy,
May we se the photo on our tree on Ancestry.com ?
Keep up the great work !!
Connie
Added by Connie Saculla on Jul 17, 2017 2:07 PM
Connie Saculla
John McCall
Wow Bill this is amazing, thank-yoy for finding my children's family !!
How did you do so fast ?
Keep up the wonderful work !!
Added by Connie Saculla on Jul 16, 2017 8:56 PM
Tina Thompson
Media Cemetery lookup
Thank you so much for getting the picture for me..
Added by Tina Thompson on Jul 16, 2017 4:53 PM
Debbie W
Anna Shields
Thank you, Bill, for adding the photo to Anna Shields' memorial -- and for all the work you've done with F.A.G!
Added by Debbie W on Jul 16, 2017 10:01 AM
Joz
105483941 Anna L Shields
Hi Bill, it appears we have a duplicate entry of the above which is 79789562. I have included the obit and other information from the obit onto her memorial. Since you have also added her, I would be willing to delete my memorial if you would like to take all the information and put it on your memorial. Please let me know so I can delete mine. Thanks, Joz
Added by Joz on Jul 15, 2017 7:43 PM
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