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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 16 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. 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.

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 (2119)[Leave Message]
Jen
McKlveen
Brian, Thanks so much for the photo and the transfers! Jen
Added by Jen on Jul 28, 2014 6:37 AM
Jack O
RE: O'Connor-St. John G.
That makes me feel a little better knowing the history of the cemetery.

Thanks again.
Jack
Added by Jack O on Jul 28, 2014 5:15 AM
Jack O
O'Connor-St. John G.
Are you sure you're going to the right cemetery?? :)

That's what they get for leaving the O'Connor Cemetery in Forwardstown.

I appreciate the effort on my behalf. Maybe we'll get lucky next time.

Thanks

Jack
Added by Jack O on Jul 28, 2014 3:44 AM
Mary Richarmé McGinn
Alfred Kohler
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Added by Mary Richarmé McGinn on Jul 27, 2014 7:57 PM
Michelle ❤❤💕❤❤
Re: Kuckenbrod
Hello Brian,

Just wanted to say I deleted the memorials, no problem at all. I appreciate all the wonderful photos and links you provide. Hope all is well.

Michelle
Added by Michelle ❤❤... on Jul 27, 2014 6:42 PM
JAM
Pauline Kuchenbrod
Thank you so much for photographing the grave of who I thought was Pauline Kuchenbrod. I didn't set up the original memorial, and now that I see this grave is actually for someone named Anna Elmira Kuchenbrod, I will change the name. I noticed some links put into the memorial page which I did not do and weren't there before. This is now obviously not the Pauline Kuchenbrod I was looking for. But many thanks for identifying my mistake.
Added by JAM on Jul 27, 2014 6:01 PM
Dale Shaffer
John Bittner
Thank you for providing the photo of John's marker. Your devotion to Find a Grave is so appreciated. Thank you again.
Added by Dale Shaffer on Jul 27, 2014 10:12 AM
Linda Konrad
Gunsallus
Also, with the blue sky, flag and sports emblems. Nice photo.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jul 26, 2014 8:26 PM
G. Charles Ogline Lantay (aka Gregory P. Lantay)
65464111 - Mary Mier Lape w.o Benjamin
FYI: Added her dc to the Find A Grave Memorial should ya have time to edit the Find A Grave Memorial correcting DOB. Tx Chas 7/26/2014
Added by G. Charles Ogline Lantay ... on Jul 26, 2014 1:50 PM
KathyCook
Ortz's
Hi, Brian ... I have officially diagnosed you as a find-a-grave junkie, just like me! LOL ... You are having as much fun linking family members together as I do, even though I'm not related to them. Thanks so much for all you have done! I'm leaving tomorrow for Missouri & Kansas to visit family, and will diligently look at all that you have put together for me when I get back.
(How good are you at Greene County PA records? I have a big brick wall involving that county from the 1840s.) :D
Added by KathyCook on Jul 26, 2014 12:58 PM
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