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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 6 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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Hankins, Showalter, Burris photos

Hi Bill!

Sorry, I haven't been checking my emails, and didn't realize that you are still hard at work fulfilling my requests!

A belated BIG THANK YOU for all the great photos you posted for my memorials in Lawn Croft Cemetery - plus the GPS, locations, edits, notes and tokens. Your kindness and generosity are deeply appreciated.

Added by dare2dream on Oct 08, 2017 9:43 PM
Ruth Rosen
Hi Bill, thank you for the cemetery update. I have put in Ohev Shalom.
Added by Debbie on Sep 27, 2017 1:48 PM
Crystal Payne
George Tarman edit
Good Morning Bill and thank you for the information regarding George. I added the note you requested.

Are you related to George? I am wondering also if you are related to the Blooms from Franklin County, Pa. Alma Bloom married Lewis Franklin Muth, my maternal grandmother's cousin.

Thank you so much for the information and for all that you do to help further a person research.
Added by Crystal Payne on Sep 25, 2017 5:48 AM
Patricia Jones Lewis
Charles Cantler
You are wonderful. Thank you for taking the photo and posting it. It is so nice how you marked the unmarked grave. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the caption information.
Added by Patricia Jones Lewis on Sep 24, 2017 12:30 PM
RE: Chester Rural Cemetery Photos ++

Bill, thank you so much for creating the Levering memorials and transferring them to me. All the photos, diagrams, notes, GPS additions - you really did a thorough job!!

Thank you for all your contributions to Find A Grave - I am so fortunate that you claimed my requests! 🏆

Added by dare2dream on Sep 20, 2017 10:41 AM
Melissa Mariano
Pvt Daniel Carter
Fast as lightning!
Thank you so much for the headstone photo-looks great!
Melissa :)
Added by Melissa Mariano on Sep 18, 2017 9:35 PM
Chester Rural Cemetery Photos ++

Hi Bill,

Thank you very much for all the Hankins, Showalter and Starr photos, death certificates, explanations, edits, and adding GPS and proper locations. I really appreciate all your hard work and dedication!

Added by dare2dream on Sep 17, 2017 6:56 PM
Chester Rural Cemetery

Hi Bill,

Thank you very much for the great photos (yes, I see that bush!) of Mark, Emily and Frank Showalter's headstone, and for adding the GPS coordinates. Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Added by dare2dream on Sep 14, 2017 8:27 PM
John Speer
Samuel and Bessie Bloom
If you are related, I would be ok with transferring the memorials of their son and daughter-in-law (Gilbert/Isabel) to you. Please let me know.
Added by John Speer on Sep 08, 2017 7:48 PM
Cross grave
Thank you so much for the picture of husband's grandparents grave. We appreciate that you were able to get this picture for us.
Added by agrady on Sep 06, 2017 4:47 PM
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