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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 9 months, 12 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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Craig Hillemann
Photo of grave stone of T. Chalkley Palmer

Thank you for adding photos of the gravestone and also the death certificate of T. Chalkley Palmer. (I've now added a photo of him.)

Kind regards,

- Craig Hillemann
Added by Craig Hillemann on Apr 25, 2017 12:08 PM
Hannah Evans headstone
Hi Bill,

Thanks very much for taking the photo of Hannah Evans's stone in Springfield Friends burial ground. It's so helpful!

Added by ERM on Apr 24, 2017 6:40 PM
John ... for Family & Friends
Grider Family
Bill, appreciate all, thanks Jon
Added by John ... for Family & Fri... on Apr 16, 2017 6:04 PM
Donna Schauss
Grider Grave Stones Pics
Thank you so much for your excellent pics - as you always do! My "3rd great-grandfather" & "3rd great-grandmother" & their son - in my biological family tree.
Added by Donna Schauss on Apr 16, 2017 12:01 AM
Christine Dey
Spencer Hewes
Thank you very much for the beautiful photos and info.
Added by Christine Dey on Apr 15, 2017 9:06 AM
John ... for Family & Friends
Lane Family et al
Bill thanks for all the great data on the Families.
All have been updated, appreciate it, have a great Holiday John
Added by John ... for Family & Fri... on Apr 14, 2017 8:35 PM
Heather G
Mary Grueninger
Thank you for attempting to find Mary's stone.
Added by Heather G on Apr 14, 2017 2:00 PM
Alvin Oglesby
Theresa Knight
Please remove the headstone photo.

It belongs on Theresa McMullin's memorial which has the same photo.

look at the date of birth

Added by Alvin Oglesby on Apr 11, 2017 10:59 AM
William F. McDade
Doris Copple Moore
Hello Bill - Can you please delete the duplicate memorial for Doris Copple Moore (177 858 331), and link the memorial for Kenneth Michael Moore (177 859 596) to Doris Copple Moore (169 859 679). Thanks very much, Bill McDade.
Added by William F. McDade on Apr 10, 2017 12:53 AM
Tim Prestage
Criscuolo and Oronzio
Thank you very much for the photos. You have provided information that we have been searching for for several years. We very much appreciate your assistance.
Added by Tim Prestage on Apr 09, 2017 7:55 PM
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