|Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)|
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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. I strictly follow Find-A-Graves transfer policies (direct relation within 4 generations) and 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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|Emily Marsh||RE: PA cemeterys|
Thanks for the information.
Emily Marsh :)
|Emily Marsh||PA cemeterys|
Hello again I was wondering if you knew anything about this cemetery Glade Reformed Cem, Stonycreek Twp, Somerset Co, Pa. My 4th great Grandparents were buried there. Is it the same as this? http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/cemeteries/188.htm
There are so many Glade cemeteries. Do you have any information on this cemetery as well? St John's Cem, Somerset Co, Pa.
Emily Marsh :)
|Harriet W. Berry||Montgomery/Woodward Cemetery, South Bend|
Just got through perusing for way-back Carothers relatives, and want to say thank you for all the wonderful photos! (All of them, elsewhere included.) Means a lot to us folks who probably won't otherwise have the opportunity to see them.
|Michael||Lewis and Mary Himes|
Thank you for taking a photo of Lewis and Mary Himes' grave marker for me. It was very kind of you to do so….
Added by Michael on Dec 07, 2013 7:20 AM
|Michael Koch||cora hess|
Thank you for the pictures!
|Rachel McCulloch||RE: Thomas Dunford|
Your the best!!!
Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!
|Mike||Thank you sir|
For trekking out into the snow to photo the gravestone of Nellie and Charles Wilson. Much appreciated.
Added by Mike on Nov 26, 2013 11:03 AM
Thank you so much for getting the picture of William and Mary Abele's grave photo! It is beautiful!!
Added by KimW on Nov 25, 2013 9:47 PM
|JP3||Harry & Elizabeth Jones|
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph this headstone. It will help greatly in furthering my research. Thanks again!
Added by JP3 on Nov 25, 2013 7:48 PM
|George & Peggy Stumpf||Lemuel SPICHER|
Thank you for taking the time to get a photo of Lemuel's headstone. This photo is fine, we have the same issue here in Wyoming during the winter with snow covered stones. Your time and effort is very much appreciated.
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