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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 9 months, 21 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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William Norman Swank
Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am crossing my fingers the deceased veteran grave stone process is quick and simple. If you could transfer William Norman Swank - 77523666 and his wife Louise Swank - 77523683, I would greatly appreciate it. Those are my husbands great grandparents. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave!!
Added by MKoestler on Aug 01, 2015 4:14 PM
Anne-Marie Gabor
RE: Photos

I'm having trouble with my home computer connection, so I'm at the library reading my email.

My 2 sisters and I will be visiting London from August 7 to 19. Will send you a postcard!
Added by Anne-Marie Gabor on Aug 01, 2015 11:08 AM
Betsy Starnes
Leopold Theys
Thanks for the pictures. I am putting info together on a family tree for my granddaughter who is a Theys.
Added by Betsy Starnes on Jul 31, 2015 1:21 PM
B. Felix
RE: Mary Victoria (Felix) Herdman #117486972
Thank you, and yes if you want to transfer Felix's to me.That would be great.
Too much sun for me. I like the cool weather.
Added by B. Felix on Jul 31, 2015 12:57 PM
charla hancuff
RE: Charles Tomb
Yes it is! We live in the Hunter stake (Hunter area - now called West Valley. Right outside of SLC. This valley all runs together. Don't know if you ever served here. The North mission was split 2 yrs. ago and we now have a brand new mission . Excellent sign of growth!
Added by charla hancuff on Jul 30, 2015 10:57 PM
Swarney, John
Hi, I can't remember if I thanked you for adding the photo of Mr. Swarney's memorial marker. Much appreciated. He was in the same unit but different Battery than my uncle. But he was in the same Battery as a man I met while researching the 778th. And that man is still living. He's 97. Best regards an again, thank you for your work on veteran's memorials.
Added by klassikat on Jul 30, 2015 5:00 PM
charla hancuff
RE: Charles Tomb
Yes I am from Utah, (Washington state raised). Both my husband and I have lines into Pensylvania and neither of us have ever been there. So grateful for people willing to help others they have never even met. Someday when I get the right equipment and more knowledge , I would like to help with photos also.
Added by charla hancuff on Jul 30, 2015 4:53 PM
Dave Srednicki
RE: Harriet Bomboy
You're welcome, Brian. Yes, you may use my photos for your family tree genealogy. I am returning to Creveling Cemetery in a few days, I will retake the Bomboy headstones (minus the grass clippings) plus the large family marker. Their are 6 Bomboys in this group. From north to south is Rev Charles L #149963025, Harriet L #109530862, Harold L #109530877, then the large Bomboy marker, Charles F #148354029, Ella H #148354893, and Ella Lehman #149991619.
Added by Dave Srednicki on Jul 30, 2015 7:52 AM
Joseph Labarko Jr
Mr Ensley,
I went to add a photo for Mr. Joseph Labarko Sr from the Soldier's circle and came across one of your photos that I believe is for a listing yet to be created for his son, Mr. Joseph Labarko Jr.

Please see ID 129018998 for the Sr listing. I did not create a listing for Jr as I'd want that to be in your records since you have the grave photo.
Added by JM on Jul 29, 2015 7:30 PM
I just want to say I have run in to a lot of your photos, thank you for taking the time. And thank you for taking nice photos of the whole stone.
Added by TRICIA on Jul 29, 2015 5:36 PM
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