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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
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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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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
RE: McNelly, Singley and Bartolone
YES it is! I used to dorm at the "castle" which is near Glen Terrace, and your Aunt used to drop me off at night if we were working same shift at Crozer, she said she would feel better knowing I got to the dorms without being bothered. I don't know if you know, but students did 2 years "book work" and then 2 years "clinical" to graduate with 4 yr degree in nursing..I actually worked there EVERY day after classes/clinical to get paid to help with expenses, but also to get "extra" credits towards my degree/specialty so I worked ALOT of hours with her.

I knew Mr. SIngley also from the church, through Mrs.Glass, but also from Sun Oil Daycamp as my dad worked there as a welder.......he tried to teach me how to make a lanyard once, and I was so clutsy he told me maybe I should use my toes LOL! I think about camp every time I ride down Concord Road, also think of all the accidents there on the bend, and church getting struck many times by lightning, lol!

I do get up there to the conchester once a month when weather is nicer to bring home huge containers of "doggie sauce" from John's Doggie SHop..........can't do without them, lol, but sorry to know that E(M sandwich shop is gone in Boothwyn......also still go to Linville, infact had been there the day before it burnt down.
Doggie shop in downtown chester closed but conchester is still open and run by Pete's son and daughter in law.......

I also haven't seen Joanne since school days, wonder how John died? Yes he was a tad "rough edged" but look at the boys he hung with....

I too have run into several SV's but also Chi's in lawncroft..sad....freaks me out sometimes as they were ones that I NEVER WOULD HAVE thought would die so young.....alot of school athletes!


Added by gennie on Jan 11, 2015 8:38 AM
Bartelone, Singley?
OMG we kind of intertwine--I hung around with Joanne, and spent alot of time with MR.Singley! Small world!
Added by gennie on Jan 10, 2015 8:15 PM
Hi Bill,

Thank you for the offer, I will take you up on it as I have alot of Youngs to get listed/photo'd in Chester Rural...relatives. I used to walk between Widener(then Penn Morton PMC)to Crozer for my training and got the willies then, so can imagine how much fun it would be now, lol! At that time I was dating a Chester foot patrol cop but knowing what I know now about him, he wouldn't have been much help-was an "id" lol.

I didn't know you were related to Elizabeth McNally!
She was such a TREMENDOUS person and a HUGE influence to me when I was a student there! Can't tell you how much she meant to me.....and I am where I am today from what I learned from her! So sad she died so young!

Added by gennie on Jan 10, 2015 8:03 PM
Thomas Fife
RE: Judson grave
I do have a question for you. I checked my info on Judson and cannot find any of the names on the headstone in his family tree. Do you have contact information for that cemetery that I could write to? I'd like to confirm that is my man.

Thanks again,
Added by Thomas Fife on Jan 10, 2015 5:10 PM
Thomas Fife
Judson grave
Thanks Bill!
Added by Thomas Fife on Jan 10, 2015 5:03 PM
Hi Bill,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE GREAT PICS of Edward and his wife Mary Kate!

I had hoped to be up there myself for a Nursing School Reunion at Crozer, and had hoped to be able to wander around there myself....BUT Murphy's law,lol, haven't gotten up there.......

Is it really that bad in that area? Doesn't seem like it was ever really safe, although daylight didn't seem to be dangerous, but hear about all the shootings,,,,,is that really bad now? Or mostly downtown?

Added by gennie on Jan 09, 2015 6:24 PM
Marvin & Samme Templin
Franklin Hull
Thanks so much for filling our request.
Added by Marvin & Samme Templin on Jan 07, 2015 1:39 PM
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