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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 2 months, 5 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 (467)[Leave Message]
Sue Dougherty
Thaddeus Stevens Dougherty, Jr.
Thank you, Bill, for the picture of where my young uncle is buried. I know that his grave had been moved and perhaps the grave marker was lost then. Do you do any photography at Lawn Croft? I have a couple of photo requests there. Sue Dougherty
Added by Sue Dougherty on Sep 17, 2014 1:36 PM
Debbie B
Wells family
Bill, thanks so much for taking the time to go out, find, and document these burials, and then putting together all the links, adding memorials for the children and putting in edits. I can't thank you enough. On the off chance that you didn't submit parent information for Mary Ann Bonsell Wells, could you do that? Father #27554420, mother #27554389.
Thanks again. You are a good and thorough researcher, and have been a big help with my family tree.
--Debbie
Added by Debbie B on Sep 17, 2014 11:51 AM
Michael
Bill Thanks so much for the great picture
Great picture and great work. Thanks so much for your time and energy in finding this grave for me, it is greatly appreciated.

Michael
Added by Michael on Sep 17, 2014 6:36 AM
J. H. O'Cain Jr
Lola May Bailey
Thank you for the addition of the photo. Updates added to memorial

Jim
Added by J. H. O'Cain Jr on Sep 16, 2014 3:40 PM
Memerizion
Re: Sgt Kalivas
Thank you so much for going to the trouble of taking this beautiful photo of John's headstone. :)
Added by Memerizion on Sep 15, 2014 12:07 PM
Lisa R
Media Cemetery Hunter's Graves
Thanks so much for the excellent picture of grave site with labels. I haven't been to the graveyard yet but want to get there. The Hunters are great great and 3 great grandparents. I love the photo.
Terrrific work.
Added by Lisa R on Sep 13, 2014 11:27 AM
Susan W Bartholomew
One more
William and Lizzie McCray - thanks so much!
:) Susan
Added by Susan W Bartholomew on Sep 10, 2014 8:04 AM
Susan W Bartholomew
And Herman and Mary too!
Thanks again.
Added by Susan W Bartholomew on Sep 10, 2014 8:00 AM
Susan W Bartholomew
Mary Broadbelt
Thanks for posting the headstone picture back in May. I'm way behind. Appreciate your kindness.
Best wishes, Susan
Added by Susan W Bartholomew on Sep 10, 2014 7:54 AM
Edie
Goodness! That was quick!
Thanks for transferring my g-grandfather, Anthony Wayne! ;-)edie
Added by Edie on Sep 05, 2014 9:45 AM
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