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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
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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 Ancestry.com. 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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Mike Corray
Dunbar Headstone
Brian,

Thanks so much for adding the headstone of Anna and Theodore Dunbar to their memorials. Mike Corray #48079886
Added by Mike Corray on Dec 25, 2014 7:51 PM
mygenpassion
Various Cemeteries
Thank you for all the photos recently uploaded. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Added by mygenpassion on Dec 25, 2014 6:07 AM
Bridgett
Thank you for your dedication
Brian, I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the preservation of the history our ancestors have left in our care.
I do not live in Johnstown, PA but that is where my father's family settled, emigrating from Ireland.
My direct Ancestor Families are: Rosanna Sweeney 3 great grandmother.(I do have a picture of her but I really need to find it and load it up) her daughter Johanna (Anna) Murphy and Bernard Kearney s/o Michael and Bridget (McColgan) Kearney were my 2nd g. grandparents. The other 2nd great grand parents were Mary(McCrory) Murphy d/o Bernard and Bridget (Daly sp?) McCrory and Joseph Murphy s/o James and Mary(Toohey Tuohy)
I am always looking for new information and pictures and truly appreciate the effort the volunteers have helped me with.
Thank you again for all your hard work
Bridgett Kearney
Cadillac, MI
Added by Bridgett on Dec 25, 2014 4:53 AM
Leslie
Violet Keith
Thanks so much for your help!
Added by Leslie on Dec 24, 2014 2:33 PM
Jack O'Connor
Latest batch
You don't stop do you??

Thanks and take tomorrow off.

Very much appreciated.

Jack
Added by Jack O'Connor on Dec 24, 2014 12:12 PM
Tom Schoening
Ho Ho Ho
Merry Christmas

Tom
Added by Tom Schoening on Dec 23, 2014 6:56 PM
EKancestry1
Gerald and Clara Brocius
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to photograph and add photos for these two memorials. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! EK :)
Added by EKancestry1 on Dec 23, 2014 6:21 PM
Marianne Fisher
Re-Berwin & Betty Smyers
Thank you for the great photos & wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
Added by Marianne Fisher on Dec 23, 2014 6:09 PM
Betty Walter
Wilson Grvstone Photos
Thank you so much for the gravestone photos for John, Edith, and Dwight Wilson's gravestone photos. Much appreciated.
Added by Betty Walter on Dec 23, 2014 4:54 PM
Gordon Houston Holmes
Francesco/Joseph Carruba
Thank you for posting the info on my family. It was perfect timing for the fact my Wife's father is in Mentcle, visiting his only brother left. These 2 boys where is brothers and we are most grateful for the pictures and info.

God Bless and Happy Holidays

Gordon
Added by Gordon Houston Holmes on Dec 23, 2014 2:01 PM
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