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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 25 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 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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Anne-Marie Gabor
RE: Headstone pictures for Frank Gabor
Dear Brian --

Thank you for transferring my relatives' online memorials to me! I am happy to sponsor them.
When you went to, did you just put in their names? What other information came up? Was there a family tree?

My maternal grandparents, Paul and Anna Ondrula, lived at 315 Chestnut Street in Johnstown, PA, across from Saint Stephen's Catholic Church. The residence was listed as part of the Cambria City National Historic District and became a stop on the walking tour. In 1998, the duplex was engulfed by flames ("Blaze causes $30G damage,TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT, Fri., Dec. 11. 1998). After an investigation, the owner of the building was convicted of arson and went to prison. The residence was torn down to make way for a parking lot!("They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."--from Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi"
Added by Anne-Marie Gabor on Jul 07, 2015 10:42 AM
Anne-Marie Gabor
Gabor Online Memorial

Dear Brian --

I was pleasantly surprised to see that you have created an online memorial for my grandparents John Andras Gabor and Anna Susanna Barbush Gabor. But how did you get their middle names and my grandmother's maiden name?!

The family record for the birth of my grandfather is July 8, 1875 (the date given on his Social Security Death Index).

Would you please add the names of all of their 4 children to their online memorial? They are:

Mary Regina Gabor Bacha (Aug. 29, 1901 - June 29, 1985)
Andrew Raymond Gabor (Nov. 17, 1909 - March 12, 1985)
Elizabeth Cecilia Gabor Huston (Oct. 31, 1912 - May 2, 1999)
Francis Albert Gabor (Nov. 24, 1914 - May 20, 1990)

Thank you, and God Bless!
Anne-Marie Gabor
Added by Anne-Marie Gabor on Jul 06, 2015 4:01 PM
Anne-Marie Gabor
Headstone pictures for Frank Gabor

Dear Brian Ensley --

Thank you so much for adding the headstone pictures to the online memorial of my Uncle Frank Gabor, his Record of Burial Place of Veteran, and especially your personal tribute "In Memory Of A Veteran."

God bless you and your family for your military service. Your extensive involvement with genealogy and preservation of heritage is admirable!

I am very sorry to learn of the tragic passing of your beautiful mother Connie. I have added a flower tribute to her online memorial page.

With love,
Anne-Marie Gabor
Added by Anne-Marie Gabor on Jul 06, 2015 2:33 PM
William J. Schmidt
Thank you so much for taking and posting this photo. I have not been back to Pennsylvania since I was a little girl and my grandparents were living then.
I do really appreciate you doing this. Cherie
Added by slaphappygal on Jul 05, 2015 7:58 PM
Rick Platt
Thank you for the photographs of the Davison gravestone. I am grateful for your fulfilling my request.
Added by Rick Platt on Jul 05, 2015 6:26 PM
Grace E. Duman-Gray
Brian, thank you so much for the wonderful photos of my cousin's maternal aunt! the pictures are not only appreciated and very nice ones but with an additional bonus of a headstone (Duman) that I can see in the background ^_^ Thank you for your service!!! Merilyn Smith-Bortz
Added by MSB on Jul 05, 2015 4:45 PM
RE: Naomi Lesser #143231625
Thank-you, Brian, for the photo of Naomi's resting place, by her mother and thanks for all the the photo requests of mine that you have fulfilled AND the research beyond. Didn't you just have knee surgery?? I was like shocked when I seen you out taking photos almost immediately afterward. Hope you are recovering well and God bless. :-)
Added by Joanne on Jul 04, 2015 8:21 AM
Janet Easly
Alfred Bennetts
And thank you for Mary's husband Alfred's marker as well. I very much appreciate your time and effort.
Added by Janet Easly on Jul 04, 2015 7:40 AM
Janet Easly
Mary Bennetts
Brian, thank you so much for photographing Mary's grave for me. She was my great aunt.
Added by Janet Easly on Jul 04, 2015 7:34 AM
poorbaugh 6.28
family reunion
Reunion sunday july 12, 2015, celebrsting the 63rd
Burbach-Purbaugh-Poorbaugh at Mt Olivet church picnic grove, loc 9 miles south of Berlin, pa off rt 160 on Legislative rd , rt 2020 the Glencoe rd.

at 1pm
Added by poorbaugh 6.28 on Jul 03, 2015 9:15 PM
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