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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 7 years, 1 month, 5 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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Messages left for Bill Bloom (874)[Leave Message]
James McMunn
Hi Bill - could you please remove the photo on James McMunn's page (# 88318398)? I have a photo where his plot is now. Thank you. Kimberly
Added by Kimberly on Aug 17, 2017 2:36 PM
Brian (Lease) Pennock
Thank you for the photo of Albert's headstone
Added by Brian (Lease) Pennock on Aug 14, 2017 8:03 AM
Michael S. Markwood
RE: Charles Joseph Wolfe #180877979 Lawn Croft
Sounds great, thank you.
Added by Michael S. Markwood on Aug 07, 2017 7:24 PM
Michael S. Markwood
RE: Charles Joseph Wolfe #180877979 Lawn Croft
Hi Bill,
I have removed the photo request even though there is a Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Card that says he is buried in that cemetery.

Added by Michael S. Markwood on Aug 07, 2017 7:01 PM
Frances Schwartz
Thanks, Bill! The photo looks great. All edited completed.
Added by Debbie on Jul 29, 2017 1:47 PM
Tom Donahue
Sarah Kaplan
Thank-you for photographing this stone. She must had quite the life.
Added by Tom Donahue on Jul 28, 2017 5:58 PM
Florence Parks
Many thanks for your time and efforts in locating and photographing this lovely stone. Keep up the good works.
Added by TurningHearts on Jul 28, 2017 12:44 PM
richard mooney
RE: #47321231
Bill, my bad. Memorial # is 127659530. You did a great job in locating that Highfield plot. I'm sure several of my ancestors are in there. Thanks so much for the contact info for old Union cem, and thanks so much for the prompt response. Great work
Added by richard mooney on Jul 25, 2017 4:05 PM
Walter Marvel
Bill, Thank you, yet again for photographing another ancestor. I truly admire your selfless willingness to trudge out there and search for family members of others to fulfill a request. Thank you!
Added by Pip on Jul 24, 2017 9:30 PM
richard mooney
Bill, I'm trying to locate a resource to identify several graves in the Old Union Cemetery in Wallingford, Del. Co. One of which was Emma Highfiel Mooney that you have identified very well in this record. Can you please give me contact info for this cemetery. Thanks.
Richard Mooney
Added by richard mooney on Jul 24, 2017 6:15 PM
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