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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 20 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 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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Gwendolyn cresswell
Thank you
Brian, thank you so much for filling my photo request. It really means a lot to me.
Thank you, Gwen Mueller Cresswell
Added by Gwendolyn cresswell on Oct 01, 2014 4:16 AM
Joanne
Louisa Walker
Thank-you for all the work in NOT ONLY locating the right stone for Louisa Walker and taking and posting the photo, but for verifying her through the census. I really like find a grave and showed it to my sister in law when we were visiting her this past summer. She asked if I could find and post a memorial for her sister-in-law, Louise. All she could tell me was the cemetery. ..I will be letting her know about your contributions and I know that she will appreciate what you have done as much as I do. Thank-you so much.
Added by Joanne on Sep 30, 2014 9:39 PM
Debbie Smith Shaffer
Wentz photos
Brian,

I have yet to find an Irvin Herbert Wentz but just give me time, no doubt a cousin. Thanks so much for your time and effort.

Deb
Added by Debbie Smith Shaffer on Sep 30, 2014 9:04 PM
Barb Kopshina
Thanks!
Thanks again Brian for the Richland Cemetery photos! Much appreciated. Barb
Added by Barb Kopshina on Sep 30, 2014 6:42 AM
Debbie Smith Shaffer
RE: Carrie Wentz Grave Photo
Brian!
You didn't just add the grave picture for Zane. Where did you get his picture? You must be related? Very nice!
Added by Debbie Smith Shaffer on Sep 29, 2014 5:36 PM
Debbie Smith Shaffer
Carrie Wentz Grave Photo
Brian,
Wow! Thank you so much for putting this picture on both Carrie and her husband's memorial page. It is greatly appreciated.
Debbie Smith Shaffer
Added by Debbie Smith Shaffer on Sep 29, 2014 4:50 PM
Patrick Reilly
RE: Karl family in Johnstown PA
You have confirmed what I heard too about Neuberg. I will be in Germany in October and hope to do some research on the Karl family.
Thank you for the info.
Regards, Patrick Reilly
Added by Patrick Reilly on Sep 29, 2014 12:52 PM
Barb Kopshina
Bates
Hi Brian,
I'm looking for Jennie's husband, Elmer E. Bates, but cannot find his death certificate. He died between 1910 and 1920. Hoping maybe he is buried there too!
Added by Barb Kopshina on Sep 29, 2014 7:27 AM
Michael S. Caldwell
William Caldwell
Brian, thanks once again, as always, for your help in all things genealogical! -- Have a great fall, Michael C.
Added by Michael S. Caldwell on Sep 29, 2014 5:23 AM
Kim Brown
Henry and Catherine Boyer, Oak (was Singer)
Hello, Brian...great to cross paths again and thanks for your efforts at trying to find this grave. We're still so tickled over you finding Louisa (Wechtenhiser) Boyer's stone! Best of luck with your research... Kim
Added by Kim Brown on Sep 28, 2014 7:32 PM
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