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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 7 months, 14 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 the inscription? There is nothing more frustrating than having a photo posted with the inscription obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or if the photo is too small to be readable! Also, there are 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 (ranting?) here 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 close and as level as possible with the stones and markers (kneeling is allowed :-)) so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make them 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!
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Peggy Bargen Duey
RE: Seth & Bertha Duey
Thank you for the nice compliment. As you can tell I am addicted to Find A Grave. My philosophy is "No One Should Be Forgotten". My newest project is to get all of the unmarked graves markers in our local cemetery and then for the county. I find a lot of them because the editor allows me to bring home the bound newspaper books and type obits for memorials. I just wish everyone would add them to the memorials...sigh. Such a wealth of info.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Feb 25, 2015 8:06 AM
Peggy Bargen Duey
Seth & Bertha Duey
A big thank you for taking such a great picture of my husband's relative's stone. I greatly appreciate it!!!!
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Feb 25, 2015 6:55 AM
Leigh Miller
Stella Vernon
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for the photo! Your time & efoort is greatly appreciated.
Added by Leigh Miller on Feb 09, 2015 1:25 PM
Allan Thomas
Memorial# 80550717
Mary Balfour F. Lewis Leiper, who married a Mr. Trainer after Samuel Leiper's death. (1815 - 1878) Mary was the daughter of Dr. Charles W. Lewis, of the Augusta County, VA. Lewis's, and Mary Bullen Irvine, and granddaughter of William Irvine, M.D.., Brigadier General of the American Revolutionary Army

Incidentally, her brother William Irvine Lewis died at the Alamo.

Thank you for your contributions / photography.
Added by Allan Thomas on Feb 02, 2015 8:14 AM
Robert Wentzel
Thank you for the photo and posting his obituary.
I appreciate it
Added by Mad on Jan 30, 2015 4:37 PM
David Baird
derrick family
Bill, thank you so much for getting these photo's of the Derricks especially went it's in the middle of winter.
Added by David Baird on Jan 28, 2015 8:21 PM
Richard Wright
RE: Virginia Gray Bullitt Leith
Hi Bill,
Great job! Thanks and keep up the good work, we need contributors like you to make this site in the "top of its class"!
Richard Wright
Added by Richard Wright on Jan 28, 2015 7:12 AM
Henderson photos
Bill , thanks so much for the photos. Lena and Stanley were my friend grandparents. Lena died very young and the family was broken apart so finding what happened to them has meant closure for the Henderson family. Beautiful work, I sincerely appreciate the time you took to fulfill this request and the meticulous way you documented it.
Added by Lizann on Jan 23, 2015 4:22 PM
Jeff Phifer
Archibald Phifer
Thank you very much!
Jeff Phifer

(Archibald's 1st cousin 4x removed)ha!
Added by Jeff Phifer on Jan 14, 2015 5:43 PM
Anastazia Neczypor Mamczur
Thank you for the photo of Anastazia's grave maker!
The other two were bonuses which I already had,but someone else will love to find.

If you happen to be a relative, please contact me.

Added by EFedena on Jan 13, 2015 9:26 PM
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