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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 11 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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Chester Rural

Notes added - thank you for the research and pictures!
Added by WCH on May 26, 2017 5:14 AM
Beverly Lister
Find A Grave Correction: Frank Siegel
In regard to your suggestion, I made a listing for my great grandfather Frank B. Siegel because there was none, how can you say it is a duplicate? His wife Anna was on find a grave but he was not, so I added it. For that matter, Otto Siegel my grandfather is listed but not my grandmother martha, so If I add her will you also tell me it is a duplicate? I have trouble finding most of my relatives on find a grave when I know what cemetery they are in.
Added by Beverly Lister on May 24, 2017 7:44 AM
Chester Rural

Corrections made - thank you!

Though I'm kind worried that I didn't catch the duplicate myself...

Kind regards,
Added by WCH on May 23, 2017 5:55 PM
kathy marsh
photo requests filled
Hi Bill
Thank you so much for doing the photo requests and added pages.
Kathy Marsh
Added by kathy marsh on May 19, 2017 6:29 PM
RE: Louis Davis #150804442
It's vertical on my computer and my phone.
Added by Justin5117 on May 19, 2017 7:06 AM
Media Mix-up
Thanks for your help with the Laskey memorial. Mine will come down soon. I did send Loren my text for the bio since it had HTML coding and credited the person who sent it to me. I was surprised you had posted the death certificate as FindAGrave prefers obit and death certificate information be re-written in Bios so life as well as death is memorialized.

Again thanks for your sleuthing for this cousin of my husband.
Added by EmilyEm on May 16, 2017 9:03 AM
DJ Paul
Thank you for the kindness!
Hi Bill,

Thanks very much for the rapid response to photo request... your very fine photo and highly readable image is simple well done. Our paternal uncle Captain Lester Eugene Paul, his wife Selma and infant daughter Leda are well served by your fine work. Thanks again for your caring efforts.

Best regards,
DJ Paul, CWO4(ret.), United States Navy
Added by DJ Paul on May 12, 2017 7:36 AM
Howard Reed tombstone photo
Thanks for the photo. It is top of the photo list.

Linda Keown
Added by Linda KEOWN on May 08, 2017 9:36 AM
Thank you!
Thanks for the photos for the Gancis (Sebastian, Amy & Wanda), and for the Baumgarts (George & Anita).

I appreciate the additional info for Anita and the co-ordinates for the Ganci lot. All the additions you requested have been made.

Added by Shoe142 on May 06, 2017 11:06 AM
Paul B
Colonna marker
Thank you for the photo set.

This was indeed useful.
Added by Paul B on May 03, 2017 8:14 PM
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