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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 5 years, 4 months, 14 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. 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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Deborah Martin-Plugh
RE: Simmonds in Chester Rural
Thanks! I made changes that you suggested and I also linked the memorial to this Simmonds family with suggested edits.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And thanks for all of your help!

Added by Deborah Martin-Plugh on Nov 25, 2015 9:16 AM
Deborah Martin-Plugh
RE: Thank you so much
Yes, I do have her death record and the infant's...but the microfiche image is a mess and it was impossible to read the cause of death. Her husband was William Simmonds. He did remarry, died in 1958. His death certificate indicated that he is also buried in Chester Rural Cemetery.

Any Simmonds information you have would be so very appreciated!

Thanks, again!
Added by Deborah Martin-Plugh on Nov 22, 2015 2:01 PM
Deborah Martin-Plugh
Thank you so much
Thank you for the photo and the detailing. I always wondered why there was no notation for her or William.

Added by Deborah Martin-Plugh on Nov 22, 2015 12:05 PM
Keith McDonald
Louisa L. Lankford Koch
thanks for taking the time to get her photo for me.
Added by Keith McDonald on Nov 21, 2015 12:09 PM
Thonas McFadden
Thank you for the photo of his headstone. I appreciate it very much.
Added by Khopper on Nov 18, 2015 8:34 PM
Thomas McFadden
Thanks for the correction. I don't know if it was me or findagrave. Sometimes when I add photos they will be doubled. I usually notice that and delete one.
Thanks again
Added by Khopper on Nov 17, 2015 4:49 PM
Roy Fisher
RE: David F. Paden, Sr. Lawn Croft
Thanks for the info on Catherine Paden.
I hadn't filled in her birth and death date until I saw your message.
Roy Fisher
Added by Roy Fisher on Nov 16, 2015 4:14 AM
Roy Fisher
David Paden
Thanks for the 3 pictures you posted of the memorial, death certificate, and obit.
Roy Fisher
Added by Roy Fisher on Nov 16, 2015 4:11 AM
Ellen Tonetti
Mary Louise Varro
Thank you so much for the photo of the grave marker of Mary and John Varro. Mary was my husband's aunt. She ran away from home when she was a teen and we have been obsessed with trying to find out what happened to her.

Thank you,
Ellen Tonetti
Added by Ellen Tonetti on Oct 30, 2015 3:21 PM
Howard Francis
Thanks for the quick photo.
Added by JET on Oct 20, 2015 6:41 PM
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