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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. 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. Take the time to do them right and show respect to 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. The higher the resolution, the better it can be enlarged.
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 and post them also.
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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Dorothy Schwemmer
Richard Boyd
Thanks much for the photo of his grave. It's always sad when a young persons life is cut short.
Thanks again,
Added by Dorothy Schwemmer on Oct 24, 2016 7:56 PM
Monica Woodward
Charles Marriott
Thank you for the photo and the extras. I appreciate it very much. :)
Added by Monica Woodward on Oct 20, 2016 12:39 PM
Mary Lou
RE: Shinn family in Lawn Croft
Charles Henry Shinn and Mary Jane Gallagher Shinn also have a daughter buried at Lawn Croft. She is Mary Jane Shinn Corner 1929 - 1997 and her husband Kenneth R. Corner 1927-2009

Section R, Lot 478, graves 3 and 4
Added by Mary Lou on Oct 18, 2016 10:43 PM
Mary Lou
RE: Shinn family in Lawn Croft
Louis Shinn III #170668660
His brother Steven John Shinn is buried in the same plot with Louis (Louie).
Added by Mary Lou on Oct 18, 2016 9:58 PM
Mary Lou
RE: Shinn family in Lawn Croft
I have no idea about the Shinn/Johnson connection. Thank you for all you have done.
Added by Mary Lou on Oct 18, 2016 8:42 PM
Mary Lou
Elizabeth Louise Wright Shinn
#170761564 Her sisters are indeed Pauline and Lucia. However there is no other sister that I know of. We always called Elizabeth BETTY LOU and so did everyone who knew her including my uncle, her husband.
Added by Mary Lou on Oct 18, 2016 7:51 PM
Mary Lou
RE: Shinns in Lawn Croft
Bill, I just don't know what to say. This was such an unexpected surprise. I had planned to add them at some point; just hadn't gotten around to it. Just found your two messages tonight. Sorry to be so late in seeing them. I would be happy to give you other names and LOCATIONS at Lawn Croft for the SHINN family. Thank you enormously. Sincerely wish there was something I could do for you.
Added by Mary Lou on Oct 18, 2016 7:30 PM
william shepherd
RE: Amos G. Edwards #160925456
I have found Margaret buried with her parents in Aston but there is no current record of her on the site so I may do one for her

Added by william shepherd on Oct 17, 2016 6:51 PM
william shepherd
Thank you
I would like to publicly Thank you Bill for all the work you put forth and for being a inspiration.

I could never have thought how great this site is
and the connections that have been lost in time being bonded back together in death.

Unbeknownst to you it was you recording my sister and Grand Mothers grave that brought me to this site and I have took to collecting this information and solving some long lost questions of who my family was.

My Uncle never got to know much of his side "Edwards" and in a few weeks I have found his Grandparents and there,s as well.He is over joyed in knowing who his family was and there history as am I

Added by william shepherd on Oct 17, 2016 6:39 PM
RE: Albert Moor #4202850, Media Cemetery
Thanks- will remember to do that in the future . :) Diane
Added by Diane on Oct 14, 2016 3:36 AM
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