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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 3 months, 15 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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Sharon Fulton
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 129802639 George/Agnes Wilton
Thanks! :)
Added by Sharon Fulton on Oct 21, 2014 10:22 AM
Sharon Fulton
Find A Grave Memorial# 129802639 George/Agnes Wilton
Hello! I was wondering if you would allow me to attach (with appropriate credit given) your headstone photo from this memorial to my tree on Ancestry?

Thanks for considering my request. :)

Added by Sharon Fulton on Oct 19, 2014 8:14 AM
Chip Rowe
Darlington photos
Many thanks for taking these photos for me! Really appreciate the mapping of stones as well. A big help.
Added by Chip Rowe on Oct 08, 2014 5:17 PM
Amy Turner
Chester Rural Cemetery
Bill, I am blown away by your response to my photo requests! Thank you so much. I am truly grateful for your photos, your infographic, the results of your newspaper and cemetery record searches, and the GPS coordinates. I hope to pay it forward! Again, thank you so much.
Added by Amy Turner on Oct 04, 2014 4:28 PM
Thank you!
Bill, thank you so much for the photo and the info about Alice Chadwick Smith and her family's graves. Thanks also for creating records for the other people in the plot. I also think it's great you were able to find her husband's obituary. Are you able to find one for Alice, as well, by any chance??

Thank you again so much. Much appreciated.
Added by cosette52 on Oct 02, 2014 7:09 PM
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cleaning headstones
Funny, you say to clean the stones. I will not clean the stones before taking a photo of them because I want everyone to see how the cemetery has neglected them! The cemetery has let the brush grow over the stones, not the person volunteering and taking the photos. I want the families to see how it really is at the cemetery, sinking stones and all!

Added by F.a.G. Member on Sep 28, 2014 5:19 AM
Bill, next time your going to Lawncroft, can you give me a yell. I would love to meet up with you. We were probably both there yesterday around the same time. I'm there every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Added by Jackie on Sep 25, 2014 4:13 AM
Debbie B
Wells family
Thanks, Bill, for more Wells photos. Much appreciated!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 24, 2014 7:06 PM
Amy Nugent
Powell marker too
You also photographed the Powells on the side of the Mattis stone. I didn't even know to ask for that one. Thank you!
Added by Amy Nugent on Sep 24, 2014 11:29 AM
Amy Nugent
Mattis headstones

Thank you so much for adding the photos of the marker for Abraham & Roseanna Mattis. The quality of the photos is outstanding! We appreciate the chance to see these headstones. This is my husband's direct line.

Thanks again,
Amy in Texas
Added by Amy Nugent on Sep 24, 2014 11:19 AM
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