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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 6 days
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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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Messages left for Brian J. Ensley (2212)[Leave Message]
Cora Grace MAHAN Dishong 79570878
Thank you so much for the wonderful photo in Pike Grace Brethren Church Cemetery.

You make me happy. Blessings
Added by Janet on Sep 16, 2014 8:36 PM
Harry Sheesley
Thank-you very much for attempting to provide a photo of Harry Sheesley's marker. It is so sad to hear that his grave is unmarked. I will try to provide a photo of him for his memorial. Thanks again so much for trying and for the information.
Added by Joanne on Sep 13, 2014 10:26 PM
Della Tibbott‏
Thanks Brian for your time and effort to try to find Della's gravesite.
Added by mygenpassion on Sep 13, 2014 5:43 PM
sheila wiseman
hugh and margaret hughes
Thank you very much for these photos. I live in Indiana so its unlikely I would have ever seen them
Added by sheila wiseman on Sep 13, 2014 4:35 PM
Clarence Heaton
Mr. Ensley,
I would like to thank you ever so much for the photo request that you fulfilled for me. I appreciate the time you took to take the photo.
Sincerely, JML
Added by mainjane8210 on Sep 13, 2014 1:10 PM
Nancy Thompson

You are a very dedicated Find A Grave member and I thank you for the gravestone photo for Robert Long and wife, Ida May (Rager). With people like yourself, Find A Grave is a great website. Imagine the people that would never see their ancestors gravesites - with folks like yourself, we can now see a picture of our loved ones who have passed away! Thanks again, Brian!

Added by Nancy Thompson on Sep 13, 2014 11:04 AM
Nancy Thompson

Thank you so much for the gravestone photo for Rev. Walter McMinn and wife, Evelyn (Long) McMinn. I really appreciate what you have done - keep up the great work!

Added by Nancy Thompson on Sep 13, 2014 10:57 AM
Shaffer tombstone
Thank you so much for the tombstone photo. I went there once to find this & couldn't find it. I thought maybe there wasn't actually a stone. Thank you again. I appreciate it.
Added by slbearer on Sep 13, 2014 10:35 AM
denise wylie
RE: James Rose Memorial# 77218589
Brian thank you for the info...i know my Grandfathers name was James Rose and he worked for the CCC Corps in 1934-1936 in Phillipsburg Pa.i dont know his middle name..i know he lived in Stowe Township Allegheny County for some you know if this James W. Rose ever worked for the CCC Corps? or lived in Stowe Township? im still trying to find my Grandfather,My Mom who passed away in 2012 always wanted to meet her Dad...and we have bin searching for years...thank you so much...God Bless..Denise :)
Added by denise wylie on Sep 13, 2014 9:28 AM
Michele M.
Thank you so much Brian for taking time and finding my requests. It means a lot to my family! Keep up the good work!
Added by Michele M. on Sep 13, 2014 9:03 AM
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