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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 11 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 (2143)[Leave Message]
Jan Wint DeRosia
Harry Ferrier
hank you Brian for the photo of Harry's memorial. I appreciate to dedication of people who put their life on hold to fill photo requests in FindAGrave.4
Thanks again
Added by Jan Wint DeRosia on Aug 22, 2014 3:31 PM
Burton Brooks
Watkins Pictures
Thank you very much for the grave pictures of my great great grandfather.

Are you related to the Watkins?

If you are not please entertain my requests for transfer. Again thank you.
Added by Burton Brooks on Aug 22, 2014 12:18 PM
John Di Angelo
Charles Hinchman
To get your request for a photo of this person at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia, California it would help if you could call the cemetery and obtain the grave location and add that information to your request, or message me with the location.

They are very busy but they do respond to requests but you might have to leave them your email or telephone number so that they can contact you with the grave location at a time to suit their work schedule.

Their number is (626) 359-5311

Kind regards

John Di Angelo
Added by John Di Angelo on Aug 22, 2014 9:53 AM
Thank you so very, very much for photographing the Ferg clan. You are a wonderful person to do this work. Again, thank you.
Added by LesaK on Aug 22, 2014 8:48 AM
Joe Scholly
Louis Szadvari

Once again. Thank you for the great photo!

I hope you had a great vacation. Sorry to put you back to work.

Added by Joe Scholly on Aug 21, 2014 6:52 PM
Spence Burton
RE: Ada Rickard Heiser
Thanks for the marriage record... I did not have that info...

Added by Spence Burton on Aug 21, 2014 4:29 PM
Spence Burton
Ada Rickard Heiser
Almost forgot to also thank you for transferring the care of this memorial to me. Much appreciated!

Added by Spence Burton on Aug 21, 2014 4:11 PM
Spence Burton
Reuben H Heiser
Thank you for the headstone photo of Reuben H Heiser and his wife. I appreciate all the work you do here...

Added by Spence Burton on Aug 21, 2014 4:04 PM
Thank You!!!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me!!! It is beyond appreciated!!!
Added by NLB on Aug 19, 2014 2:58 PM
Michael Solomon
Thanks Brian for the great photo!
Added by deblfc on Aug 18, 2014 10:28 AM
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