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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 15 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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William C. Dishong
Thank you for creating this memorial and transferring it to me.
Gail Henry
Added by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 5:29 PM
RE: William C. Dishong #170042177
Thank you for your assistance with the Dishongs. John Dishong was the husband of my husband's aunt. I have worked on my family genealogy for more than 40 years, but just recently got involved with my husband's since the previous person who did it passed away last year. I also approved your edit regarding his military rank.
Gail Henry
Added by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 5:15 PM
replacement pic
You've got a good memory--it was 126462046.
Added by RobMinteer57 on Sep 24, 2016 4:45 PM
Grandview and other cemeteries
Thanks for the transfers--and there will probably be several more in the coming weeks as I work my way through my Cramer and Boyer families.

And thanks for the offer to take replacement pictures for some of them. I have never requested that from anyone, because I concur with what most people in the Forums thought, that it would be rude to make such requests. Obviously cheap digital cameras didn't take very good pics in certain conditions years ago--and when the limit was 750KB on Find A Grave, that limited quality, too.

On the other hand, I know that many of the pictures I have added are not of very good quality, and would not be offended if someone added better ones and requested that I removed my obviously inferior ones.

I think yours are good, though, so there's no need to re-take any specific ones on my account. But if you're just bored some day and decide to replace some of your winter ones, I won't complain--of course, I won't know about it either unless you tell me.
Added by RobMinteer57 on Sep 23, 2016 7:20 PM
Vicky Bergman
Thank you!
Photos arrived!
Added by Vicky Bergman on Sep 23, 2016 5:58 PM
Scott Kerns
Uriah Kern
Thank you very much for the photo of the grave of Uriah Kern. I have been looking for that for a very long time.
Added by Scott Kerns on Sep 23, 2016 5:51 PM
Saylor Photo Requests
Thanks Brian,

for the great photos and your time.

Added by Lasherp on Sep 23, 2016 5:31 AM
PJ Krostag
Grandview Photos
Thanks for the quick turn on the Ream and O'Leary photos. Thanks for all the work you do in the Johnstown area.
Added by PJ Krostag on Sep 22, 2016 12:12 PM
Roger Luther
Harold Berkebile
Thanks, I deleted the duplicate entry for Harold. My mistake!

Added by Roger Luther on Sep 22, 2016 7:06 AM
Kristina (Covalt) Aldred
Civil War vet stone photos

Thank you for taking all these photos.

Kristina Covalt Aldred
Added by Kristina (Covalt) Aldred on Sep 21, 2016 5:27 PM
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