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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 18 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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Margaret Reed Maryott
Joseph Owen Thomas-#77260404
Hi Brian, Thank you for responding so quickly for my
request of a photo for Joseph. Now I can read the information so much better. May I have your permission to use it in my genealogy records? You will be given full credit for the photo. Again, thank you and God bless you for your help, Margaret
Added by Margaret Reed Maryott on Jan 29, 2015 1:10 PM
Helen McDermott
Thanks Brian.
Will keep you posted.
Added by Helen McDermott on Jan 28, 2015 1:03 PM
Mark Lehman
RE: Willa Wright Bosser
Brian thats what I did ! Edit tab-additions and corrections. Help!! Mark
Added by Mark Lehman on Jan 27, 2015 12:45 PM
Thank you very much for taking Margaret Faint marker for me.

Added by Karen on Jan 27, 2015 12:42 PM
Marvin & Samme Templin
RE: Liphart Requests
Stay safe and no rush on our part.
Added by Marvin & Samme Templin on Jan 26, 2015 4:36 PM
Marvin & Samme Templin
Liphart Requests
Thanks for filling our requests.
Added by Marvin & Samme Templin on Jan 26, 2015 3:55 PM
Cody Kapcsos
RE: Kapcsos Graves
Thanks again! Fantastic work my friend!
Added by Cody Kapcsos on Jan 26, 2015 10:28 AM
Mary Hall Miller
Frederick & Eliza (Lear) Spencer
Hello Brian,
A belated thank you for all the great photos and additional memorials for this family: Frank Spencer, Mary Swailes and Margaret McVicker.
Thank you for all you many contributions and kind assistance.
Added by Mary Hall Miller on Jan 25, 2015 4:42 PM
G. Charles Ogline Lantay (aka Gregory P. Lantay)
137567434 - John E. Yoder
Hi Brian - Please consider adding as a Post Note to Joh Yoder's Find A Grave Memorial the following: Edward Earl Ogline Jr. md to Janice Elaine Folk Ogline was raised as young boy to the age of majority by Joh n E. Yoder after his parents divorced in what in today's society is referred as a foster parent. ...
FYI: Edward Earl Ogline Sr. & wife Emma Pearl Naugle Ogline divorced, separated and each remarried with neither parent taking or swanting any responsibility for taking care of, or raising the three children they'd bought into this world. Children Virginia & Edward Ogline were given by Emma to Farmer John Yoder & wife to raise on their farm while Charles was given to another family that relocated to Maryland. Charles ran away at the Age of 14 living as a homeless person until his death. Charles was buried with his father at our family's expense. A sad story for sure!!!
Added by G. Charles Ogline Lantay ... on Jan 25, 2015 3:12 PM
Jack O'Connor
Thanks for the photo.

Added by Jack O'Connor on Jan 25, 2015 9:52 AM
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