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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 10 months, 16 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. I finally earned my Master's Degree in 2006. 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.

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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Messages left for Brian J. Ensley (2942)[Leave Message]
B. Felix
RE: Ronald McIntosh #117756259
You're welcome.
All taken care of, sorry for the mix up.
Added by B. Felix on Aug 27, 2015 4:08 PM
Susan Carrington Kilgore Wiley
Melvin McGiffin
That was super fast work and I appreciate the photo so much. Many thanks. Susan
Added by Susan Carrington Kilgore ... on Aug 26, 2015 7:40 PM
Tweety Emmett
Reagan's Tombstone Photos
Brian,

Thank you for taking the photographs of my Reagans I appreciate it. I hope you are well.

Take care.

Mary
Added by Tweety Emmett on Aug 26, 2015 9:46 AM
Jack O'Connor
RE: St. Benedict's
I got them this morning.

Jack
Added by Jack O'Connor on Aug 26, 2015 4:25 AM
Jack O'Connor
St. Benedict's
Thanks for all the photo's.

Jack
Added by Jack O'Connor on Aug 25, 2015 6:35 PM
John Russell Pierson
Ruhamag Palmer
Thanks for the pic! That's good enough for me.
Added by John Russell Pierson on Aug 25, 2015 4:26 PM
Karen L.(Gregory) Largent
RE: The Grahams
Brian, Do you know the Captains whole story? And his son's is really a good one too. If not let me know and I'll tell you the whole thing.

You have been very busy.

Your helps is much appreciated as your military service will always be also.

I have begun Thanking every service person I come across now. Just my little way of saying "Thanks"
for all our freedoms.

Karen
Added by Karen L.(Gregory) Largen... on Aug 25, 2015 3:05 PM
Karen L.(Gregory) Largent
The Grahams
Dearest Brian,

Are you working exclusively for me now? LOL! I must once again Thank You for the pictures of all the Graham stones. You know my GGGGrandfather Captain Patrick Graham was very famous in Johnstown. Do you know his Civil War story and that of his son Robert Smiley Graham? I must tell you them if you don't.

You have once again come to my rescue and I am eternally grateful.

Your friend,

Karen L Largent
Johnstown
Added by Karen L.(Gregory) Largen... on Aug 25, 2015 2:27 PM
mygenpassion
Armagh Cemetery
Many thanks for the photos. Your time and efforts are much appreciated. I've added the suggested notes to Samuel and Urban. Thanks
Added by mygenpassion on Aug 24, 2015 6:41 PM
Jennifer White
RE: '77 Flood Victims
I just started working on a VC today for the flood museums, and still sifting through it. In the process, I noticed your work. So helpful!

I was just over two when the flood occurred. Interestingly, those are some of my first memories. We lived in New Florence and my parents took in some people from our church who lived in the trailer parks in Seward. The lucky ones.

I just started looking in to it today as my mom was asking if there was memorial for Vincent Keck and his entire family, a classmate of hers. My grandmother also lost her cousin, Elva Rager.

Such a tragedy, but I am grateful that they can be remembered here on findagrave.

Blessings to you,
Jenny
Added by Jennifer White on Aug 24, 2015 3:29 PM
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