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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 1 day
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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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Clyde Gangawere
Findagrave Memorial 121687499
This Memorial is for Jennifer Kate Spory (1979-1992) which you initiated in Dec 2013. I am trying to tie her to her unknown parents. Can you help with any info on this????? Clyde Gangawere
Added by Clyde Gangawere on Jul 13, 2014 10:19 PM
Amber B.
McGuirk Request
I fulfilled your request for Joseph McGuirk. There were 2 others buried in the same plot. I created the memorials and transferred to your management.

Added by Amber B. on Jul 13, 2014 5:42 PM
Linda Konrad
Thanks for the reminder of what occurred with the graves and headstones at Sandyvale.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jul 13, 2014 3:41 PM
Nice. . . .
. . . bio which I stumbled upon. I underscore your priorities, too rare here but on the rise.

Philip in NYC
Added by pkarchs on Jul 11, 2014 12:40 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
John Rile (Roel) Memorial# 77752378
Thank you Brian. That solves the mystery of my Civil War Veteran. Elizabeth
Added by Elizabeth on Jul 10, 2014 5:11 PM
Denise Conrad Wagner
Katherine Sann Schwing
I just happened to notice you added Katherine's death certificate to her memorial. Thanks!!
Added by Denise Conrad Wagner on Jul 10, 2014 4:44 PM
Art Dubell
Hi Brain
Thank you so very much for taking the grave picture for me.Thank you for your time.Have a great day
Added by Art Dubell on Jul 09, 2014 3:58 PM
Maria Pickworth Wayland
Thank you so much for taking such a great photo of my 3x great-grandmother's grave. Also appreciate the Death Cert. And lastly, thank you for your service to this country, as well as this site!
Added by GenSleuth on Jul 08, 2014 7:05 PM
Andrew Strauss
David Margroum
Thanks for the information on David Margroum's unmarked grave. Nancy Leslie would have been his mother in-law.
Added by Andrew Strauss on Jul 08, 2014 1:40 PM
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