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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 16 days
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Bio Photo I have been involved with genealogy since around 1982 and have published several books on area cemeteries as well as local history. It has been my goal to document as many cemeteries in my area as possible before much of the information is lost to time. Besides transcribing cemeteries I have recently found the value in photographing headstones as a way to help preserve this valuable information for future generations. It seems that most families have that one person who seems to answer a calling in life to be the family historian- I guess that's me as well as for my wife's family.

What I find incredible- I went from using a typewriter and carbon paper in the early 1980's, to now being able to take a photo of a headstone and upload it to this site instantly while in the cemetery, from my iphone.

If you want to see why what we do is so important and photographing headstones in order to preserve the information for future generations is vital, check out Blough Cemetery to see how a cemetery's condition can change in 15 years. This is NOT a numbers game- Again, it is a quest to preserve our heritage for future generations.

Now for the "Fine Print...:"

1) If you suggest any corrections/links, PLEASE use the edit link on the memorial and include all pertinent information. Also, if I have created a memorial that is a relative, please feel free to ask to have it transferred. Just be sure to include your member number and relationship. If transferred, would appreciate any information that I have added remain intact after transfer. If I do not transfer a memorial, it is only because it is a relative of mine as well, unless you're more closely or directly related.

2) If I have a photo on here, I am the copyright holder unless I cite the source in the caption from another contributor. If it is a photo that I own, please feel free to use it in your own personal family tree such as HOWEVER, on any of my photos, be sure to cite the source to give proper credit.

3) When I add memorials for non-relatives, I try to be as complete and accurate as possible, and I do so with the same care and respect as I would for my own family member.

4) If I post a photo on a memorial in which you had already posted one, please don't take offense- sometimes additional photos under other conditions (ie- light, weather, etc.) can provide a whole different perspective. Many times I've swapped out my own photos when conditions were different the second time around and the new photo had more detail, especially with worn stones. If you are the owner of that memorial and don't want someone else's photos just ask and I will remove it. Likewise, if you have a photo to add to mine that can help enhance the memorial, please feel free to contribute.

5) Please show proper etiquette when it comes to people volunteering their time and gas. A simple thank you goes a long way. If you want multiple monuments photographed, please take the time to create a memorial for each person rather than attach a message to one request asking for multiple photos or "everyone else in that cemetery with the same surname."

6) Through my publisher I have published over a dozen books just on cemetery transcriptions alone, taking the time to carefully transcribe hundreds of cemeteries. I've noticed that people have taken that work to enter memorials "en masse" and are then uncooperative when it comes to transferring, correcting, linking and editing these memorials for family members and other researchers. This is not a numbers game so I would encourage a team approach in this project.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Messages left for Brian J. Ensley (2163)[Leave Message]
RE: George William Dunmyer
Thank You for his obituary and the added information.
Added by bcullisi1 on Aug 28, 2014 12:32 AM
G. Charles Ogline Lantay (aka Gregory P. Lantay)
Jennie S. Lape
Thank you for your Find A Grave message. Be advised that I am unable to locate an obit date in 1985, or even her name in the SSDI. I'll change the memorial's dod year date to 1985 and the middle initial per the tombstone photo but either of needs to locate her death certificate or an obit to verify. Also I added Find A Grave Memorials for Catherine Zimmeerman Lape & Phillip Lape. I notice several of their children have Find A Grave memorials that need to be linked to the parents. Find A Grave Memorials 134963506 and 134966997

Added by G. Charles Ogline Lantay ... on Aug 27, 2014 8:48 PM
Gwendolyn cresswell
Veterans memorial
I wanted to thank you for the update on Otto Mueller. I do genealogy research but have found myself going through the Pennsylvania Veterans burial cards and have been creating memorials to them. I am stuck on one. Herman Joseph Mueller
St Joseph's Brownsville Rd Pittsburgh, Pa. I have all of the information but I am unsure of the correct cemetery that findagrave offers. Since they don't list the road name. Thank you for any information that you can help me with. Gwen
Added by Gwendolyn cresswell on Aug 27, 2014 5:33 AM
Gruber pictures
Thank you for posting all those Gruber pictures for me. You are doing a great work.
Added by Speiglemom on Aug 26, 2014 8:50 PM
John Di Angelo
RE: Charles Hinchman
You might have to call again if they don't get back with you. They are not as proactive as we'd like them to be :-)
Added by John Di Angelo on Aug 26, 2014 4:19 PM
RE: Queer Cemetery
Ok I will follow the dircetions on the Queer Cemerty page .Thank you Karen
Added by KAREN LOVY on Aug 26, 2014 4:15 PM
RE: Queer Cemetery
I was hoping it wasn't hard to find I am making a trip there in September Me .sister.Aunt and cousin we r going to clean it up th ey r closley related I want to Thank you for all u have done on the Queer Cemetery . Is there any sugestion on getting to the cemetery.Thank You Karen
Added by KAREN LOVY on Aug 26, 2014 4:04 PM
Queer Cemetery
Is tje Queer Cemetery very hard to locate? Thank you Karen
Added by KAREN LOVY on Aug 26, 2014 3:25 PM
Michael S. Caldwell
Brian, thanks so much for fulfilling my photo request for the Jacoby stone. That answered a long-standing mystery about Esther (i.e., her remarriage). Much appreciated -- Michael
Added by Michael S. Caldwell on Aug 26, 2014 2:12 PM
Barefoot Family
Thank you very much for the wonderful pictures.
Added by Babydw on Aug 25, 2014 8:08 PM
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