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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy software and am located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Providing quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important to me, 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. My most used tools are a battery powered weed wacker, a spray bottle of water, paper towels and a whisk broom. Also on hand are a pair of grass trimmers, garden knife, bug spray and hand sanitizer.
1. If the inscription is hard to read, try spritzing with water. Wipe off the excess and take the shot.
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 handheld Garmin Nuvi 2598 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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I am still behind on the information but thank you for the things you've sent today. A notice of a picture came for Elizabeth Jester Follett but I cannot see one posted. Is that on my end or was it removed or something? Thanks for all.
Added by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2016 1:29 PM
RE: Jester-Wallace
Thank you for the note about George's location. You may notice that there are other Underwoods connected to Mary Elizabeth Follett Underwood, if you're interested. I do think some care for the heat is necessary. You appear to have had your dig tools out today; don't you have a dig tent? How about a hat with a sprayer and fan? Whatever you can do under reasonable conditions will be appreciated.
Added by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 11:04 PM
RE: Jester-Wallace
I see that you have claimed more Jesters at Lawn Croft and wanted to let you know (if you want to know) that I also made a request for Raymond Wallace, Hannah's stepson, and her daughter Elizabeth Follett. Then I see that there are six more Folletts in the cemetery list but I'm not sure I can promise to make memorials. Anyhow, if you look for Elizabeth her husband is there and if the sections are close there may be more. (I will make basic memorials with no promises for more but I may be at my photo request maximum for the week so may not be able to do individual requests.) Please don't take this to mean that I expect you to take all these pictures; it's for information only.
Added by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 3:22 PM
Thank you for the picture and all the very helpful information.
Added by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2016 5:07 PM
Robin Truitt
The Hawley Folks
You are fantastic. I appreciate the photos and the time it took to do it.
Best regards,

PS: Thank you for the "Justice" info.
Added by Robin Truitt on Jul 09, 2016 5:14 PM
Robin Truitt
Justice M. Thompson 4202832
Thank you for your time and great photo of Mr. Thompson's headstone. It was appreciated.
Added by Robin Truitt on Jul 08, 2016 5:46 PM
Hueston Records
Per your suggestion, I have added the note "All graves in lot A-232 are unmarked but located as shown in the photo, per cemetery records." to the Hueston records.
Added by JanFamily on Jul 07, 2016 6:13 PM
Charles E. Carroll
RE: Richard Carroll
Richard is not related. It was only by luck that I traced Charles up North.
Thanks again!
Added by Charles E. Carroll on Jul 06, 2016 5:58 PM
Charles E. Carroll
Charles F. Carroll
Bill, thanks again for your much appreciated work and contribution to the memorial. This man who had been lost to North Carolina can now be recognized.
Added by Charles E. Carroll on Jul 06, 2016 4:20 PM
Charles E. Carroll
Louise K. Carroll, Rural cemetery
Thank you very much for the excellent photograph!
Very much appreciated.
Added by Charles E. Carroll on Jul 06, 2016 4:10 PM
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