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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 5 years, 2 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the family tree research that my father started - he did a great job of researching and gathering quite a bit of information, and I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy. I'm located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Having quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important, 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. Taking the time to do them right shows that we respect 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. I keep a pair of grass trimmers, small whisk broom, garden knife, spray bottle of water and a roll of paper towels with me. Water can bring out some inscriptions, and combined with paper towels is pretty good for removing bird poop. A bottle of hand sanitizer is also advised.
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.
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. 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 vintage handheld Garmin Nuvi 350 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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Tim Prestage
Brezzezicki Family
Thank you for taking the time to photo this maker and for uploading the documents.
Added by Tim Prestage on Sep 30, 2015 8:18 PM
Brenda Haynes
John Reynolds
Thank you so very very much for taking the photo. Living in Texas made it very unlikely I could ever make it up there to see it. I appreciate your efforts to give it to me.
Brenda Haynes
Added by Brenda Haynes on Sep 29, 2015 9:59 AM
Michael Riggs
Thanks for uploading grave photos for the Jacksons in Rosedale Cemetery!

Michael Riggs
Added by Michael Riggs on Sep 25, 2015 1:15 PM
Halliday Jackson
Thank you for the great photo,
Added by 5chandlers on Sep 25, 2015 10:47 AM
Isaac Haines photo
Thank you so much! Your work is greatly appreciated.
Added by LynnTG on Sep 24, 2015 8:53 AM
Kevin Stiff
Dorothy L. Siglin Redmond
Thank you for finding Dorothy for me!

Added by Kevin Stiff on Sep 20, 2015 8:50 AM
Wallace G Lane Jr
RE: Amy Stamford Green-Wood Cem.
Well yes, they are her great-grandparents.
Added by Wallace G Lane Jr on Sep 11, 2015 10:20 AM
Photo thanks
Sarah McManamy; Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester.
Delaware County. ... Thank you. :-)
Added by AMB on Sep 09, 2015 1:01 AM
Photo thanks
Sarah McManamy; Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester.
Delaware County. ... Thank you. :-)
Added by AMB on Sep 09, 2015 12:49 AM
Edit Info Sent
Hi Bill, I know you are probably REALLY busy and you do a great job, but I just wanted to know if you received any Edits from me in the past two days. I have been sending them referring to obits posted via the edit field/other. Please let me know so that if you aren't getting them I can figure out another way to notify you without sending alot of e-mails. Thanks, Joz
Added by Joz on Sep 04, 2015 4:38 PM
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