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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 7 months, 15 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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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
Richard Haughton Livesey, III
My Maternal Grand-Father, Judge John Joseph DuVal, Jr.
With many thanks! Most cordially, Rich Livesey.
Added by Richard Haughton Livesey,... on Feb 28, 2017 5:25 PM
Highfield & Mooney
Hello Bill,

Thank you for trying to find the headstones I requested and letting me know the graves are unmarked. I'll make a note of it on their pages. Thank you for the grave locations also Bill.

Have a great day!

Thanks again, Tina
Added by T on Feb 23, 2017 11:18 AM
Additional Edits on Robinson at Chester Rural
Again, many thanks. Such valuable information for me. Are you able to tell the parents of John V. Robinson? Isaac R? WendyT
Added by WendyT on Feb 23, 2017 9:32 AM
Isaac and Sarah Robinson at Chester Rural Cemetery
Thank you, thank you, Bill! You really did go above and beyond! I love that you are so thorough. I especially like knowing about Abigail. Abigail was the second wife of Isaac's father Isaac. The father died in Fernwood and had lived in Upper Darby, so moving the body to Darby makes sense. I bet Isaac, first wife Elizabeth, and 2nd wife Abigail are all together someplace! By the way, Isaac Robinson Sr was supposedly the first police chief of Chester, Pa.
Added by WendyT on Feb 20, 2017 1:57 PM
RE: William & Clara Robinson at Chester Rural Cemetery
Thank you Bill. I so appreciate your help.
Added by WendyT on Feb 20, 2017 6:15 AM
William & Clara Robinson at Chester Rural Cemetery
Hi, Bill, Many thanks for posting the photo to the memorial for William and Clara Robinson. I have been working on my husband's genealogy and these folks play a role. I am interested in William's father and family, trying to put the pieces together. William's father is Isaac Robinson, Jr, who I have also put a request in for. Ultimately, I would like to figure out where Isaac Robinson, Sr. is, but no luck so far!
Thank you for a great photo. Great Work! WendyT
Added by WendyT on Feb 19, 2017 5:16 PM
Thank you!
Bill, thank you for quickly filling another one of my photo requests for Chester Rural Cemetery and for requesting relevant updates to the memorials! I really appreciate your work-- thank you so much.
Added by cosette52 on Feb 14, 2017 11:10 AM
Carpenter Stones
Added by Giapet on Feb 08, 2017 6:39 AM
RE: Flounders
I chuckled when I read your response. The reason I wanted a photo was to see if there was a DAR marker.
Peggy was a DAR State Regent and National Officer.
Thanks again.
Added by Bobbi on Feb 04, 2017 2:05 PM
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