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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 14 days
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Bio Photo I started out in the Air Force for a short time in the early 1980's, had a 15 year break and now I'm active duty with the PA Army National Guard (AGR) in an Apache (AH-64D) Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (soon to retire). My family has served in the military since the French & Indian War, all from Pennsylvania, down to two of my sons who served in the PA National Guard.

I have been involved with genealogy since around 1982 and have published several books on area cemeteries as well as local history. I finally earned my Master's Degree in 2006. 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 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 ask permission to use it in your own personal family tree such as or just properly cite the source from where you obtained the photo. HOWEVER, on any of my photos, be sure to cite the source to give proper credit.

2) 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.

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. AND, Find-A-Grave FAQ's page states that they allow Death Certificates to be placed on memorials.

8) The mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania can be brutal during the winter. But with snowbrush in hand, that doesn't keep me from fulfilling requests. Unfortunately the quality of my photos in the winter months isn't normally up to the standard that I set for myself. Please- don't hesitate to ask for a re-take during the summer. Just send me a reminder.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Dave and Betty
Isaac Seigh
Thank you very much for the photo of Isaac and Dorothy Seigh. Very much appreciated. Dave and Betty
Added by Dave and Betty on Jan 23, 2017 8:36 AM
Ron Rounsaville
Thanks again for the rapid response to my photo requests. You and Michelle have been very helpful in my genealogy research. I wish you had a summer place in Detroit. Many of Frank and Matt Sobditch's children moved to Detroit in the 1930s and 1940's. Hopefully, I will eventually get some responses from there. The problem with research in Michigan is that Michigan does not have death certificates on Ancestry. That may change. I'll just wait. Thanks again.
Added by Ron Rounsaville on Jan 19, 2017 6:55 AM
Linda Konrad
Roberts - Charley
Brian, I have made all the additions to Anna and Richard Roberts' memorials. Thanks for the new information.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jan 18, 2017 3:49 PM
B. Felix
RE: Arvilla Felix
Thanks for the transfer's. Trabert and Trabert Clark are both 2nd Cousins 2x removed and Herbert is 3rd cousin once removed.

I'm related to about all the Felixes in Cambria, Somerset and Bedford Co.

Added by B. Felix on Jan 16, 2017 3:53 PM
Barbara Sisbarro
Bert Felix

Thanks for the pic of Bert Felix

Barb Sisbarro
Added by Barbara Sisbarro on Jan 15, 2017 3:29 PM
B. Felix
Arvilla Felix
Thanks for the transfer.

Added by B. Felix on Jan 15, 2017 7:28 AM
Gerry Freed
Ester Mishler
Thanks Brian !!!
I was not sure when the picture was taken.
(Note No Death Date)

Thanks Again

In HIS Service
Gerry Freed
Added by Gerry Freed on Jan 13, 2017 10:26 AM
Tom Schoening
RE: Dudgeon
Brian info added to both memorials, the more info the better !!!!

Thanks Tom
Added by Tom Schoening on Jan 13, 2017 3:54 AM
William Donahey
Gertrude Donahey
Thank you Brian. You have been such a great help.
Added by William Donahey on Jan 12, 2017 4:04 PM
William Donahey
Frank donahey
Thanks again Brian.
Added by William Donahey on Jan 12, 2017 4:02 PM
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