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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 9 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. 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 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.

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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Theresa O
RE: Albert George # 63274800
I was the client Brian, I'm sorry, I guess I should have written that. What I was wondering though is that the flag holder says GAR on it and I mistakenly thought it stood for Granddaughters of the American Revolution so I thought someone in the George family must have served in the Revolutionary War. I looked it up, which is what I should have done to begin with and found it is Grand Army of the Republic. I hope your knee heals completely and quickly. I think the last time I contacted you, you were recovering from some kind of surgery? I wish you well! Thank you for responding.
Added by Theresa O on May 22, 2015 5:52 PM
Jack O'Connor
Are ok to be up and running around ??
Added by Jack O'Connor on May 22, 2015 2:26 PM
Theresa O
Albert George # 63274800
Hey Brian! I am just trying to get around to some of my relatives to create virtual cemeteries, but it's going to take awhile. Anyway, I was on my 2x great grandfather, Albert's memorial you created and noticed the GAR Flag Medal. I know I can be a member of DAR from a Mobley ancestor but I don't remember being aware of a George. Can you tell me more? I chose not to apply because our son is adopted and it is strictly bloodline, but I still want to give recognition. Thank you!
Added by Theresa O on May 22, 2015 10:16 AM
Spirit Keeper
RE: Flora Belle Weller Stahl #115680266
I am sorry I just got that information from a death certificate had no memorial numbers. Thought i would pass the info on that i had in front of me maybe hoping someone would know who she belonged too I will not send that info on your memorials if you do not want me too. Just let me know? Thanks
Added by Spirit Keeper on May 20, 2015 11:38 AM
Art Block
Elizabeth Morley
Thanks for the photo. I appreciate it.
Added by Art Block on May 19, 2015 1:52 PM
Amanda Hrivnak
RE: Hrivnak
Sorry it took so long to get back to you ! Yes the store in Oakhurst was my Grandparents.
Added by Amanda Hrivnak on May 15, 2015 7:55 AM
glenda (contributor #47305349)
John Paul & Mary Matilda Snyder
Thank you for the photos!
Added by glenda (contributor #4730... on May 12, 2015 10:42 AM
John Russell Pierson
Norman Palmer
Thanks for the pic!
Added by John Russell Pierson on May 12, 2015 5:53 AM
Kelly Weightman
Photo requests
Hi Brian

I wanted to thank you for taking the photos of my mother and grandparents graves.

I really appreciate it.

Take care.

Kelly Ager Weightman
Added by Kelly Weightman on May 12, 2015 12:42 AM
Brush Valley Lutheran Cemetery
Once again, my deepest gratitude for all the photos you have taken. No surgery yet?
Added by mygenpassion on May 11, 2015 4:42 PM
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