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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo I started out in the Air Force for a short time in the early 1980's, had a 15 year break and now I'm active duty with the PA Army National Guard (AGR) in an Apache (AH-64D) Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (soon to retire). My family has served in the military since the French & Indian War, all from Pennsylvania, down to two of my sons who served in the PA National Guard.

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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William Moss
William F Moss Memorial
I would like to extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to link the picture of my grandfather's memorial on this website. I am in the Army and not able to visit the grave. My grandfather was a great man, and is loved by many, who are also scattered about the states. I was happy to see this and have shared the link with other relatives.
Thank you,
-Sergeant William T Moss
US Army
Added by William Moss on Jul 01, 2015 6:19 PM
B. Felix
RE: James Felix #75645394
Thanks, they look great. James is my 3rd great uncle.
Added by B. Felix on Jul 01, 2015 11:58 AM
Linda Konrad
Thanks for the headstone photos. The rains and the subsequent gravesite conditions are very sad, aren't they.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jun 30, 2015 3:52 PM
Jeanne Yoakam
A big Thank You for transferring the memorial page for John Mossholder to me. I am a direct descendant of his and got his named registered into the DAR for posterity for his service in the Revolutionary War.

Thanks also for all the hard work you do pursuing your love of genealogy. It's a great lifetime hobby.
Added by Jeanne Yoakam on Jun 30, 2015 3:30 PM
Thank you!
Thank you for taking and uploading the photos of my mother's cousin Muriel and her husband. Appreciate it!
Added by lwhitman57 on Jun 30, 2015 3:08 PM
Linda Konrad
Thanks for the transfers of Olive and Oliver McCarty. Appreciate it.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jun 30, 2015 7:15 AM
Sharon Scott
RE: John Wilson Fry #145831214
Thank you for looking Brian. I appreciate the help and will mark him as a no headstone.
Added by Sharon Scott on Jun 29, 2015 7:37 AM
Dan Hoffman
RE: Ruth Sellers Wineman Find A Grave Pic
Thanks again! I think your work is above and beyond the call of duty. I love the pic that you pulled out of a yearbook. Pretty impressive! Best wishes to you as you provide support to family and others who are trying to work out their family puzzles. dan
Added by Dan Hoffman on Jun 28, 2015 6:00 PM
Rebecca Wright
Clara M. Fox
Hi Brian,

Thank you so much for the really nice clear photo of Clara's grave marker. I appreciate your time and effort and also thank you for posting her death certificate.

Best regards,

Rebecca Wright #47388083
Added by Rebecca Wright on Jun 28, 2015 5:56 PM
Kathleen Pearson
RE: A. Wineman
Thank you for letting me know where they are - it's nice to fill in the blanks. Have a grand evening.

Added by Kathleen Pearson on Jun 28, 2015 5:55 PM
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