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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 6 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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Messages left for Brian J. Ensley (2691)[Leave Message]
Catherine Carbaugh
Thank you so much for taking the time to get such a beautiful photo of my Great Aunt Catherine and Great Uncle John's headstone.
Added by Patti on Apr 21, 2015 2:04 PM
Joseph & Dorothy Horner Headstone
Thanks so much, Brian, for taking the great picture of Joseph & Dorothy Horner's headstone. Taking photos myself, I do appreciate our time and effort.
Added by surcasa on Apr 21, 2015 1:12 PM
Dave B
Edith and Charles Kelley
Thanks for the photos.
Added by Dave B on Apr 20, 2015 5:15 PM
John Balogh
Words can not express my thanks to you, on the posting of the Grave Stone and the Photo also: of those of us in B-battery 6th BN 11th Arty. knew as "Big Bad John". As I viewed your postings this afternoon, in remembrance of the Bond that was formed with John, these old eyes were wet with tears of the loss of a dear friend. I am posting a photo of John & myself in 1969 on San Juan hill 12 miles out of Doc Pho, South Viet Nam. Again many thanks for your active membership in Find a grave.

P.S. are you related to John?
Added by Clent on Apr 17, 2015 10:57 PM
Helen matthews
I wanted to say thank you for the photos and the addition of memorials of her sons if I have not done it already. Also you posted her death certificate. Did you find this thru research or are you related in some way?

Thank you Linda
Added by Lindasue on Apr 17, 2015 7:11 AM
John Russell Pierson
Hillo Mabon.
Thanks for the pic and your time.
Added by John Russell Pierson on Apr 16, 2015 3:49 PM
Thank you for the photo for Bessie Heiple in the husband cemetery, I appreciate it.
Added by robertson on Apr 16, 2015 1:55 PM
Photos and Tranfers
Ulysses, Lillian Pritts, Minerva Hoover,Edward Hoover Tranfers Sherman Hoover and Florence. As always Great Photos and Greatly Appricate all the Death Certifcates to . All is Well.Hope all is well with you. Thank You so Much Karen
Added by KAREN LOVY on Apr 15, 2015 5:56 PM
Mary Growden Trout
Thank you so much for looking for this person in this cemetery. The fact that she is "not there" answers many of our nagging questions. And helps to prove that this indeed is a mis-quoted spouse!
Added by Andrea on Apr 14, 2015 3:16 PM
Elizabeth Sherrick Weaver Photo's
Dear Brian, Thank you for her photo, the headstone, and the obituary of Elizabeth Sherrick Weaver. I did not realize she died in Ohio. God Bless You. Ardith
Added by aam on Apr 12, 2015 4:28 PM
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