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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. 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 an inscription that obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or too small to be readable? This is also important to 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 here (ranting?) 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 as close and level as possible to the stones and markers - don't be afraid to kneel so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make your shots 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!

And lastly, thank you for all you do to help us out!
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Noel Keen
Thank you
Thank you for the information you helped with for my ancestors and the kind words for their military service so long ago.
Added by Noel Keen on Aug 20, 2015 8:29 PM
Thanks you so much for taking the picture. It is a wonderful blessing to me and my family. Thank You again, Melody Byard
Added by Melody on Aug 17, 2015 6:17 PM
RE: Arscott
Awesome, many thanks! ;)
Added by Cheryl on Aug 16, 2015 10:45 AM
RE: Arscott
Hi Bill,

That's fantastic! Where did you find the article?
The Arscotts and Drozdowskis have been hard to find records on, your terrific!

Please keep the Memorials, they are not family to me, I'm just helping out my cousins.

Thanks so much. ;)
Added by Cheryl on Aug 16, 2015 8:02 AM
scott hailey
Added by scott hailey on Aug 15, 2015 5:42 PM
Morning Bill,
I was wondering if you saw any other Arscott's at Chester Rural Cemetery. There might be a George and Sarah Arscott, but I'm not positive. Any Arscott's you might come across probably belong to my cousin.
Thanks so much for your help. ;)
Added by Cheryl on Aug 14, 2015 6:53 AM
Allen Parsons
Henry Lemuel Powell
Hi Bill,
First, the work you do is remarkable, such a wonderful tool for those whose hobby is geneology.

Some info. Henry L. Powell' twin daughters were Mary Lloyd (interred there at Chester Rural) and Martha Powell Smith, my g-grandmother, who is interred in Moundsville, W.V. where she moved from Philadelphia to be near her daughter, Elsie Smith Nuss McDonald. They are interred in the same lot in Moundsville.
Added by Allen Parsons on Aug 12, 2015 8:35 AM
Thelma Hill
Hello and thank you. I appreciate the info to her unmarked grave. Your time is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much - Kimberly
Added by Kimberly on Aug 12, 2015 6:29 AM
Harry Whisler
Thank you for the headstone photo. I added a family photo if you care to look at it. Harry is the boy on the left.
Added by Rick on Aug 11, 2015 2:39 PM
Great picture!
Thank you soooooo much. ;)
Added by Cheryl on Aug 11, 2015 11:31 AM
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