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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 17 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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Gladys Reynolds Crispino # 54330611
Bill, as my memorial for this lady is a duplicate, I would ask that you enter your marker photos and the plot info into the correct memorial which is Gladys Reynolds Crispino # 52699397. Please let me know when you do and I will then delete my entry. Thanks, Joz
Added by Joz on Jun 26, 2015 2:48 PM
Elizabeth Stull
Thank you so very much for adding this great photo to this memorial. Appreciate the time and effort you and your wife devote to Find A Grave on behalf of others.
Added by SMPowell on Jun 22, 2015 7:49 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph Samuel Smith's headstone. Greatly appreciated.
Added by MWH on Jun 21, 2015 2:27 PM
Charles Edward Harris & Lina O. Harris

Thank you so much for the great photos of these grave markers. It's very much appreciated.

Added by MHJ on Jun 20, 2015 1:15 PM
William Lacy Briggs
Thank you for taking time out of your day to take pictures for this site. It is greatly appreciated! I sent a private email message to you if you could please read it at your convenience. Thanks again!
Added by Reightnour13 on Jun 19, 2015 1:37 PM
Stanolis lot
Hi Bill,
thanks so much for the photo's you took of my Stanolis family members at Lawn Croft today!!! Tell me, judging from the photo of the overview of the graves, am I to assume Aunt Rose and the other's are actually buried behind the bronze markers bearing their names?

Thanks again,
Added by Danj on Jun 07, 2015 4:04 PM
john lodge
Harry T Lodge / Gladys Furhman Lodge

Thank you for your very fine work and keen eye (mispelling on Gladys name). I only type with two fingers and it is hard to remember which one to use first.

You have provide me me with valuable photo's and information.

John H Lodge
Added by john lodge on May 26, 2015 6:47 PM
DeFuria family
Oh my -- you did more than we ever anticipated for our records on the DeFuria family. You are marvelous.
Added by sjwright on May 24, 2015 10:15 PM
Mark D Anderson
Albert Ferguson

Many thanks for the photo. Can you advise me of the approximate location for my records - I have a cemetery map somewhere in my files? Thanks again for your efforts.

May 24, 2015
Added by Mark D Anderson on May 24, 2015 9:58 AM
An Angel Above
Merrill Templeton
Hi Bill,

I'm sorry you went through all that in trying to locate Merrill's grave. I went by his death certificate not realizing he could have just been cremated there. I will update the Memorial. Thank you again and I'm sorry for putting you through all that. Sharon
Added by An Angel Above on May 14, 2015 8:44 PM
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