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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 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.

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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Max
RE: Hi
the D.C. temple is quite impressive from the beltway but more so up close.
Added by Max on Feb 26, 2015 8:39 PM
Regina Boyles
RE: jacob walter ripple
Thanks so much for your recent additions!
Added by Regina Boyles on Feb 26, 2015 7:31 PM
Hope Parrish
Murr gravestones
Thank you so much Brian! I'm am so happy to finally see these headstones. I am extremely grateful for all you do!
Added by Hope Parrish on Feb 26, 2015 6:25 PM
lauraru
Photo of grave
Thank you so very much, Brian. The mystery deepens! My Granddaddy was born in PA but moved to NJ & lived all of his adult life in Fl. His Grandfather, who immigrated from Germany, lived in Cape May, Mount Holly, NJ area & has a stone there w/ a wife Anna. My Granddaddy remembers little about him & they were always told there were 2 families & he left all of his money to the Catholic church. So, finding this marker and another wife in PA, helps fill in many blanks. Now, more searches will begin. The digital age is amazing & can do what they could not, my Granddaddy's father & his brothers all went by the name 'GIEBEIG' & we were told the spelling had been changed & there were no other Giebeig's anywhere except for them.
You've really done something very important. As a very young boy, he could never understand why he was treated so badly by his Grandfather from the only memories he had of him. This all makes sense.
All blessings,
Laura Ruth Norris
Granddaughter of Paul S Giebeig, Sr
Added by lauraru on Feb 26, 2015 12:49 PM
Jack O'Connor
RE: Kristen Gaus (1963-1963) at Grandview
Oh, I can wait for May. She's in section CA2, lot 252 if I didn't tell you that already.

Jack
Added by Jack O'Connor on Feb 26, 2015 11:55 AM
Bill Daugherty
Charles Lightner Photo
Hi Brian,

Thanks for the Charles Lightner photo.

Bill D.
Added by Bill Daugherty on Feb 26, 2015 9:15 AM
Regina Boyles
RE: jacob walter ripple
Wow! You added quite a few, right? Can you share your resource for death certificates? I have really enjoyed seeing these documents and got some more info for my genealogy. My mother grew up in Johnstown and has a lot of family buried in Grandview Cemetary. Thanks so much!
Added by Regina Boyles on Feb 24, 2015 7:22 PM
Joyce Stiles
RE: Marlind A. Stiles marker
Thank you for your service..... My second oldest brother is a vet, as was my father, the other two brothers managed to miss the draft. My second oldest brother has a titanium knee and it is working out for him, I think I am going to see if the injections are a choice for me, I have a bitter pill following my fathers knee surgery. He contacted fournier's gangrene and died because someone came into his room after being in another patient room and did not wash her hands. Needless death.

I have a real nice article posted at Ancestry for my cousin Larry Eugene Stiles who was a medic on a helicopter in Vietnam. He was very young when he went into the service. He has passed on now so I posted the article so others are aware of his service.

Once the weather breaks I will get the photo for you.

;)

Joyce
Added by Joyce Stiles on Feb 24, 2015 2:43 PM
Joyce Stiles
RE: Marlind A. Stiles marker
I think we should take Phil by his scrawny neck and give him a good shake!

I hear you about photos at this time of year, this is still a very nice photo. Please keep in mind I am a very patient person so don't ever feel you must "trudge across the tundra" to take any photo I request.

I have a knee that needs replaces and was at the hilly Armagh cemetery a couple years back. I took a good deal of the Stiles line but somehow missed a few. I do post them at Ancestry but always give credit for the taker of the photo for their hard work.

I live in Latrobe and see your request for Samuel Hauger. One of our customers manages the Unity Cemetery so I will get him to map me the location for Samuel's marker and snap a photo for you.

My hyacinths are peeking out of the snow..... so spring is coming.

Joyce
Added by Joyce Stiles on Feb 24, 2015 12:04 PM
Joyce Stiles
Marlind A. Stiles marker
Brian,

Once again you have come through with a great photo of my deceased relative. You must be in great shape to walk these large cemeteries.

Thank you again,

Joyce (Stiles) Stern
Added by Joyce Stiles on Feb 24, 2015 7:12 AM
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