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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 14 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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Rebecca Ellis
When I requested the Tedjeske photos I was hoping you would be the one to fulfill them -- but I really thought you would wait until spring! Thank you so much for going out in the cold weather to get these photos. They are great! And I appreciate that you also added the death certificates. You've been so much help. You always do a wonderful job :)
Added by Rebecca Ellis on Jan 23, 2015 8:29 PM
Cody Kapcsos
Kapcsos Graves
Thank you so very much for the photos of my ancestor's headstones! These will help me with the progress on my family history. Much appreciated.


Cody Kapcsos
Added by Cody Kapcsos on Jan 23, 2015 11:30 AM
JoAnne Gulliver
RE: John S. Roudabush
Thank you for checking. I have just been told that John was struck and killed by a train while he was walking home from work. Caught his foot between ties on a bridge. Horrible.
Added by JoAnne Gulliver on Jan 23, 2015 10:30 AM
Betty Walter
Gravestone photos
Thank you for the gravestone photos for Thomas A Mervine and his wife Victoria Jones Mervine Gilbert. Much appreciated.
Added by Betty Walter on Jan 22, 2015 2:35 PM
Holly Heaps Scott
RE: Annie Bradley #90706739
Hi Brian
Boy I sure would like to make these Bradleys fit, but so far, not happening. Such nice headstones, so odd (or maybe not) there are not dates. I am under the thought that that Bradley grouping are probably all related, but I am having no luck connecting my dots. I will look for any revisions you post but please don't go out in the weather just for me.
Added by Holly Heaps Scott on Jan 21, 2015 6:49 PM
Kathleen Clemence
RE: Elizabeth Jane
Thank you Brian for a great link that I was not aware of! And thank you for checking on an obit for me. We will check with one of the living children and see if they know if there was an obit - that is actually how we got the one for Fred.

Really appreciate your help - great to work with you! Thanks again -

Added by Kathleen Clemence on Jan 21, 2015 6:13 PM

Thanks for taking the Krupa stone photo!
Added by Spanky on Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM
Joseph K Hockins #57752527
Thanks for the very fast photo. You must be having a break in the weather as we are here in Texas.
I have planned a photo day for me tomorrow. I am inexperienced, but it is a nice feeling to post a memorial page. Thanks for all your work.
Added by pz on Jan 20, 2015 3:05 PM
Kathleen Clemence
Elizabeth Jane "Liza" Simmons Kline, memorial 97178450
Thank you so very much Brian for the fabulous updates! This is my husband's great-grandmother (mother of Beatrice, his grandmother on his father's side). Have not been able to do as much research as I would like as we live clear across the country (Nevada) so really appreciate your help. Are you related to the Kline family? Thanks -

Added by Kathleen Clemence on Jan 20, 2015 1:57 PM
Eugene A Arford
First, thank you for serving our country!
Then, thank you for treading out into the snow to take this picture.
I have been doing my "extended family" in PA's family trees for the last four years. They had never gotten around to it, and "Snakey" was one of those relatives many people knew of.
Once again, thanks,

John S. Arford
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Added by JSArford on Jan 19, 2015 2:54 PM
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