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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 12 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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Mary Lou
RE: Steve and Christina Waschsen
Don't know why the cemetery records and the grave stone would have much different names but do know that every record I looked at for this family had a different spelling. Even Steve above spells it differently on draft, a later marriage; and his children all spelled it differently. Again, thank you.
Added by Mary Lou on Sep 26, 2016 9:34 AM
Mary Lou
Adarin/Adrian Gallagher
Lawn Croft Cemetery. Thank you for the photo and for all the work you put in to find this. Live in NC and went to Lawn Croft early last year. Was told that Adarin/Adrian had a flat granite stone but I could not find it. Got the info from Kay in the office. Did not know about the other graves as I had been there to photo graves of my grandparents Charles Henry Shinn and Mary Jane Gallagher Shinn, and some of their sons, a daughter, and some grandkids. Being in my seventies, don't know if I can make another trip there. Thank you profusely for your dedication!
Added by Mary Lou on Sep 26, 2016 9:27 AM
Mary Lou
Steve and Christina Waschsen
Thank you immensely for the photo. The persons are the grandparents of two of my three brothers. Have had one heck of a time trying to research this family as they have documents listed as Waszczyseyn, Woschisen, Waschisen, Waschisin, Waszczyszn, Waseryn, Wassen and finally, the spelling on the headstone. Can't tell you how much I appreciate your help. Thank you.
Added by Mary Lou on Sep 22, 2016 5:40 PM
Allyn Spear
Thanks for the Photos
Bill,

Thanks yet again for the Thomas Pace memorial photos. You do great work!

-Allyn
Added by Allyn Spear on Sep 22, 2016 7:31 AM
Beth Andrews
RE: Miller/Muller/Roan in Chester Rural
Thanks for the transfer!
Added by Beth Andrews on Sep 21, 2016 6:10 PM
ddjohnsonri
RE: May Merrill photos #169097229
I knew it was there somewhere, walked right by it the first time. Went back again after studying the map, finally noticed the inscription on the back of the Soule stone. Question is, why?

-- ddj
Added by ddjohnsonri on Sep 21, 2016 4:44 PM
Beth Andrews
RE: transfer of find a grave
To be completely honest we aren't sure why it was changed. We were always told our name used to be Muller. John U has it listed as Muller on his will. My dad Howard and his 3 brothers never knew his grandparents because they died before they were born. My brothers and think that it possibly had an umlaut over the U and someone mistook it for and i. If you have some other knowledge on this we'd be happy to entertain it.
Added by Beth Andrews on Sep 21, 2016 12:33 PM
Beth Andrews
transfer of find a grave
Bill, these photos are great. Would you be willing to transfer my family's find a graves to me? John U Miller 113371167 and the family attached to him. I would appreciate it. Beth Miller Andrews
Added by Beth Andrews on Sep 21, 2016 8:53 AM
Mary Lou
Stephen Waschsen
I attempted to answer your email but it would not go through. Section G Lot 642 Grave 4. Will again attempt to send you the longer email I wrote was unable to get to go through.
Added by Mary Lou on Sep 20, 2016 7:47 AM
Leigh Miller
Irving Turney
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for this photo. Your time & effort is greatly appreciated! Leigh
Added by Leigh Miller on Sep 20, 2016 5:49 AM
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