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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
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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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Harry W. Hawkins
Thanks for all your help and suggestions. I will consider the Ancestry site. And thanks for looking to see if you have the two obits. I'll contact the library. What is the right thing to do for a person who is a relative, I have the obit, but I don't know where he/she is buried? Is it okay to establish a memorial page without knowing the cemetery? Thanks for all your help and for the photos. Peggy
Added by pz on Oct 29, 2014 2:24 PM
Ray Hesketh
Thanksfor photo of Ethel & William Crompton
Ray Hesketh
Added by Ray Hesketh on Oct 29, 2014 9:52 AM
thank you for the beautiful photo!
Added by Elleymae on Oct 28, 2014 7:18 PM
Leah Hubbard
Photos are wonderful. Thanks for everything and for letting me add them to my Ancestry tree.
Added by Leah Hubbard on Oct 28, 2014 5:46 PM
Barbara Zoppi
Thank you Brian!
You finding the time to go and take pictures is amazing to me. A bit of feed back.. Blair is my mothers cousin. Most of that side of the family stayed in Pa. My grfather came to Detroit, so we dont know much about the folks that were there. I came across Blairs cousin who was raised by Blairs parents, Blair and Anna finished raising Bob and she became Grandmom to his daughters. Blair was always a stummper to me until I talked to Bob. Blair it seems was wonderful man to all of his family. He and Anna never had children and he passed away too soon. I am so grateful for your time Brian. Thank you for all your efforts. God bless you.

Barb Zoppi
Added by Barbara Zoppi on Oct 28, 2014 5:28 PM
Thank you!
Thanks for all the photos!
Hope the knee is all right...

Appreciate all your time and willingness to help!
Added by cbb on Oct 28, 2014 5:03 PM
Harry W. Hawkins
Thank you just doesn't do justice. You found the headstone. Wonderful photo. Thanks, Peggy
Added by pz on Oct 28, 2014 7:48 AM
RE: Harry Hawkins
Thank you so much for the photo. About 2 weeks ago I sent off for the death certificate. But would you email a copy to me? Please do not post it on the memorial page--I'm not ready for that yet. Yesterday, Oct 27th, I received a small envelope of the Hawkins/Lambert Family obits and some photos.
I am lacking a couple, maybe you have them too.
Pearl A Ohler (Lambert) died 2003 -Obit
Edna Wolford (Lambert) died 1988 -Obit
Both are sisters of Eva Hawkins (Lambert)
If you have them, that would save me and the library some time and effort. You have done a lot of work on these families and I thank you very much. I will be adding and posting once I get the info/data organized and ready.
(I am granddaughter of George F and Eva Hawkins)
Thanks again, Peggy

Also thank you for taking care of their memorial pages, you are doing a good job. They should stay with you.
Added by pz on Oct 28, 2014 7:42 AM
Leah Hubbard
Thank you very much for your valuable time and information. I wish that Find A Grave would have something in place that would indicate that no headstone is available. I put a picture on the memorial to show that no headstone is available. Let me know if the others requested are the same reason.


Added by Leah Hubbard on Oct 27, 2014 6:18 PM
George Buckus
Thank you so much for fulfilling the photo request for George Buckus. I truly appreciate your efforts!

Added by Cookie on Oct 27, 2014 5:31 PM
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