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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
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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. 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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Betty Jean Wolverton-George
James Tyler Reid
Brian - You are such a blessing taking these headstone photo for James so close to Christmas.

Many blessings -

BJ
Added by Betty Jean Wolverton-Geor... on Dec 27, 2014 1:34 PM
Betty Jean Wolverton-George
Charles Edward "Charlie" Davis, Sr
Brian also Thank You for the headstone photo for Charlie.

Blessings,
BJ
Added by Betty Jean Wolverton-Geor... on Dec 27, 2014 1:28 PM
Betty Jean Wolverton-George
William Tyler Reid
Brian,

Thank you for fulfilling our headstone request for William.

Blessings to you,
BJ
Added by Betty Jean Wolverton-Geor... on Dec 27, 2014 1:24 PM
Norma Jean Bales (babyj)
Schmerer Families
thank you so much for all the photos of stones you add to grandview , Sandyvale, Forest Lawn and other Pennsylvania cemeteries The Schmerer Families are those of my mothers side and I appreciate all you do. Thank You, Norma J Bales
Added by Norma Jean Bales (babyj) on Dec 27, 2014 6:13 AM
Nancy Thompson
Parks, Clara (Custer)
Brian:

Thanks so much for the tombstone photo for William R. and wife, Clara (Custer) Parks. Great job! Keep up the good work!

Nancy
Added by Nancy Thompson on Dec 26, 2014 10:03 PM
Andrea Jenkins
Knox photos.
Thanks sooooo much for photos of my husband's great grandfather & gr grandmother's tombstone. We live in FL & don't make it back to PA.
Added by Andrea Jenkins on Dec 26, 2014 4:45 PM
Cyndi
Berkey Cemetery:
Thanks so much for adding such a wonderful pic to Christena Hiteshew's memorial, it is greatly appreciated !!
Cyndi
Added by Cyndi on Dec 26, 2014 3:47 PM
Mike Corray
Dunbar Headstone
Brian,

Thanks so much for adding the headstone of Anna and Theodore Dunbar to their memorials. Mike Corray #48079886
Added by Mike Corray on Dec 25, 2014 7:51 PM
mygenpassion
Various Cemeteries
Thank you for all the photos recently uploaded. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Added by mygenpassion on Dec 25, 2014 6:07 AM
Bridgett
Thank you for your dedication
Brian, I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the preservation of the history our ancestors have left in our care.
I do not live in Johnstown, PA but that is where my father's family settled, emigrating from Ireland.
My direct Ancestor Families are: Rosanna Sweeney 3 great grandmother.(I do have a picture of her but I really need to find it and load it up) her daughter Johanna (Anna) Murphy and Bernard Kearney s/o Michael and Bridget (McColgan) Kearney were my 2nd g. grandparents. The other 2nd great grand parents were Mary(McCrory) Murphy d/o Bernard and Bridget (Daly sp?) McCrory and Joseph Murphy s/o James and Mary(Toohey Tuohy)
I am always looking for new information and pictures and truly appreciate the effort the volunteers have helped me with.
Thank you again for all your hard work
Bridgett Kearney
Cadillac, MI
Added by Bridgett on Dec 25, 2014 4:53 AM
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