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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 13 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. 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.

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 (2107)[Leave Message]
Robert Wedding
Photo error
One of your photos was accidentally added to memorial # 127118749. Could you please remove it at your convenience. Thanks.
Added by Robert Wedding on Jul 25, 2014 2:28 PM
Alice Edwards
And I just saw you got my Aunt Hazel too! Many thanks... you are an angel.
Alice Edwards
Added by Alice Edwards on Jul 24, 2014 4:16 PM
Alice Edwards
Wm Leo Meagher
Sear Brian
Thank you so much for this photo. I had no idea where this baby was buried until I found his death cert. on Ancestry. I don't know how you did it so quickly. I have been to Grandview... it is so big. Thanks again!

Alice Edwards
Added by Alice Edwards on Jul 24, 2014 4:10 PM
Jack O
St. John's
It appears that you had a hard time at St. John's. I'm sorry that you made quite an effort with no results.
Thanks for trying. I appreciate it.

Jack O'Connor
Added by Jack O on Jul 24, 2014 3:49 PM
Ortz family photos & obits
Brian, I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me with my Ortz family. I have done this for others so many times; it's so much fun to have someone return the favor. That's what Findagrave is all about. (Why on earth little George died in 1892 and was still listed as being alive on the 1900 census, I'll never know.)
Added by KathyCook on Jul 24, 2014 3:32 PM
George Butler
I noticed the difference in dates but was waiting for the memorial photo before making any changes. Thanks for all the photos from Grandview and !!! transfers. Hope you're having a great summer.
Added by mygenpassion on Jul 21, 2014 6:35 PM
Robert Sage
LCPL James Valentine
Thanks for helping us find him.
Robert Sage
MSGT (ret)
Added by Robert Sage on Jul 17, 2014 10:19 AM
Emily Marsh
Thank You!
Thank You so much for taking the photos.
Added by Emily Marsh on Jul 16, 2014 2:53 PM
Rebecca Ellis
Brian, thanks for the information on Edward and Lila Vogel -- much appreciated!
Added by Rebecca Ellis on Jul 16, 2014 10:33 AM
Denise Conrad Wagner
Brian, I am almost in tears! I am just now realizing you were at Grandview today and took pics of Karl Moeller, my ggrandfather. I've been looking for him for years. Thank you so much! I had no idea his daughter Marie was buried there as well. I can't thank you enough.
Added by Denise Conrad Wagner on Jul 10, 2014 5:15 PM
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