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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 1 month, 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 and our Find A Grave memorials. 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 3MB 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 are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings at graveside and post them on the memorials (in the Plot GPS fields). Just by clicking the 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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Messages left for Bill Bloom (457)[Leave Message]
treesrmoi
Thank you!
For more photos of relatives. Even labeling the area! It's so wonderful to match photos with the zillion stories about these relatives, I'm dancing! ~Allison
Added by treesrmoi on Aug 31, 2014 8:31 AM
Izzy76
Charles "Buddy" Fullerton
Hi Bill, i just sent you an email but also wanted to thank you publicly for the fantastic photos (as usual the best work on find a grave!) you did for my Uncle Buddy. It looks like the other graves photographed are all his second wife's family, and thanks for photographing all of them too! Have a great day and weekend!
Added by Izzy76 on Aug 28, 2014 3:14 PM
treesrmoi
Photos
Etta Yarnall and cousin Abby Woodman! Thank you so very much for taking pictures!

Allison
SoCal
Added by treesrmoi on Aug 27, 2014 10:32 AM
Nancy Gibson Lowe
Albert Darlington
Thanks for taking & posting the photo of Albert's grave marker.
~ Nancy Lowe
Added by Nancy Gibson Lowe on Aug 27, 2014 9:38 AM
Lisa Jenkins
John H Jenkins photo request
Bill,

Thanks for taking the photo of John Jenkins gravestone. It has allowed me to confirm that this is "my" John and Isabella Jenkins.

LE Jenkins
Added by Lisa Jenkins on Aug 21, 2014 6:05 PM
ditdit
RE: Mellings
no relative that I am aware of- I was researching my Gilgers and Mary was a Gilger.

Take care.
Added by ditdit on Aug 05, 2014 5:41 PM
ditdit
RE: Mellings
no relative that I am aware of- I was researching my Gilgers and Mary was a Gilger.

Take care.
Added by ditdit on Aug 05, 2014 5:08 PM
ditdit
Mellings
Thank you very much for the photos of their gravestone. Your time and efforts are very much appreciated.

Take care.
Added by ditdit on Aug 05, 2014 4:04 PM
J_A_nyce
Evelyn # 133049739
Bill,
Thanks so much for the additional burial information and obituary for Evelyn. I have added it to her memorial as per your request. I have also updated her pages on my A/C tree. Thanks again!!!! Your photos are superb and all the additional information makes my job so much easier!

Blessings,
Added by J_A_nyce on Aug 04, 2014 7:40 AM
J_A_nyce
Rebecca Royds Ouseley__#131516965
I have no idea how Jackie's photo was removed! My understanding is only the poster of the photo can remove! I noticed it gone and figured she removed, but after reading your post and hers, I guess she didn't....perhaps Find A Grave???
Added by J_A_nyce on Aug 03, 2014 6:35 PM
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