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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 1 month, 15 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. DO NOT e-mail suggestions, corrections or photo requests directly to me. 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.

7) I will post obituaries to my memorials as long as the proper citation is made to give the proper credit for the source. If family members want their information private, then they should consider not having it published in the local newspaper/website and funeral home website. There is no legal expectation to privacy when the information has been made public. Death certificates are public record as well. As long as these sources are properly cited there should not be an issue in regards to copyright laws.

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 (2396)[Leave Message]
Carrie Pritts Berkey
Brian, once more I thank you for all of your work. The photo is excellent.
Did your knee surgery go well?
Added by GeorgiaCA on Nov 26, 2014 10:37 AM
Ron W./Terry M.
McCoy Headstone Photo
Many thanks for the photo taken at Grandview Cemetery in Cambria County. It is much appreciated. It is wonderful to see such a passion for family history and how it can be preserved for future generations.
Again, Many thanks
Added by Ron W./Terry M. on Nov 25, 2014 8:06 PM
Laura Sell
Thank you from the Sells!
Our family sends a big thank you for the photos you've taken of Anna Sell, and Sophia and John Meise memorials.
We have not been able to travel the long distance to Johnstown ourselves. It means so much to see their headstones and share this with our extended family. Many thanks,
Laura Sell et al
Added by Laura Sell on Nov 25, 2014 6:43 PM
Mary Hall Miller
Charles Cessna and Harry and Mary Ann Mock
Hello Brian,
Thank you for your kind photo additions! They are beautiful monuments and great photos!
Thank you!
Added by Mary Hall Miller on Nov 25, 2014 3:51 PM
Mark Pina
Sem Kaufman
Thanks Brian the picture is great. Mark
Added by Mark Pina on Nov 25, 2014 2:22 PM
Linda Konrad
South Fork
I'm not sure if I thanked you back in Sept, 2014, for all your work done on my behalf at South Fork Cemetery. There were several unmarked graves which you documented and some where you found the headstones. Thanks for all you do.
Added by Linda Konrad on Nov 25, 2014 8:31 AM
L. Patton
Thank you for taking the time, appreciate it.
Added by L. Patton on Nov 25, 2014 6:52 AM
Sabrina Otsuka
Phillip Fetterman
Thank you for the nice headstone photo,
I really really appreciate it alot.
Added by Sabrina Otsuka on Nov 24, 2014 11:52 PM
Frank Bobak
Brian, again thank you for the photo I appreciate all you do for Findagrave.
Added by Frank Bobak on Nov 24, 2014 6:12 PM
Appreciate you taking time to make the photos. Your volunteering effort is so appreciated.
Added by MHurren on Nov 24, 2014 4:30 PM
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