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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 8 months, 13 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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Debbie
Dr Marten S. Estey
Hello, I took care of the location. Your plaque photo looks great!
Thanks for the help.
Regards,
Debbie
Added by Debbie on Mar 29, 2017 2:16 PM
Donna
The Hard Family
Thank you so much for the GREAT photos & for taking the time to help me.

Donna
Added by Donna on Mar 25, 2017 5:35 PM
Katina "Tina" West
John Steffler - Steffler Family
Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to obtain the photo and information of my family member! Your thoughtfulness is so much appreciated!
Added by Katina "Tina" West on Mar 24, 2017 5:25 PM
Jessi Wilson
Joseph J Cassidy
Thank you for going to the cemetery to take a picture! I have noted that he is in an unmarked grave. I really appreciate your help!
Added by Jessi Wilson on Mar 22, 2017 5:59 PM
Kathleen Pierce Bond
Find A Grave Memorial# 156717887
Bill
Would you please remove the newspaper article from the memorial for John Eynon? I will gladly post information in the bio section, but I don't like documents in the photo area.
Thank you for the photo of his marker. I really appreciate that!
Kathleen Bond
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Added by Kathleen Pierce Bond on Mar 13, 2017 4:03 PM
Gen Finder
Catherine Moretti
Thank your for photographing the marker for Catherine Moretti. It turned out beautiful.
Added by Gen Finder on Mar 10, 2017 5:55 AM
Barbara Wilson Krause
RE: Samuel Cloud Perry
Bill, Thanks for your kind help and suggestion. So much appreciated.
Added by Barbara Wilson Krause on Mar 04, 2017 5:56 PM
Dan Oh
mary russell
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=144394194

You recently sent me an edit on this entry. I've added obits for her and her husband. You may be able to ID some of the children and link them.
Added by Dan Oh on Mar 03, 2017 10:54 AM
Aeris64
Mary A Worrell
Thank you SO much - the photos are great and I appreciate you going the extra mile and getting the family plot! You are wonderful.

Deborah
Added by Aeris64 on Mar 02, 2017 9:00 PM
Richard Haughton Livesey, III
My Maternal Great-Grand-Mother, Mrs. Fayetta Stahler Miles.
With many thanks! Most cordially, Rich Livesey.
Added by Richard Haughton Livesey,... on Feb 28, 2017 5:28 PM
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