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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 19 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), 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 also 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. 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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Phantom Plot Picster
Hi Brian

Whoah - thanks for the quick response and great photos. I really appreciate it. Sending you an email too. -MaryAlice
Added by Phantom Plot Picster on Jun 01, 2015 12:42 PM
Mae Heck Cox photo
Thank you, Brian, for the photo and all your assistance with Mae's memorial, it is appreciated. Also kudos for all you do to assist Find A Grave in helping others who are searching.
Added by lolo1951 on May 29, 2015 7:41 AM
RE: Cora (Cox) Heinlein #142361062
I find all information for my relatives to be insightful and potentially helpful to confirm other details. As such, I would never want to deny someone else those tidbits.

Feel free to add anything/everything you find for listings I have. Should I be contacted by a family member and asked to remove something I would do so (and encourage them to take control of the listing). Otherwise, everything is valuable in my book!

Thank you :)
God bless,
Added by JM on May 28, 2015 6:37 AM
Karen L.(Gregory) Largent
RE: Grandview Lookup
Dearest Brian,

Well once again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You,

I did not even think to look and see if Grandview had a burial site lookup.

Shows you how valuable you are to so many of us.

Once again, I am in your debt.

This will be of immense help to me as I do my Genealogy research and the times I want to find

my relatives resting places and visit.

Added by Karen L.(Gregory) Largen... on May 26, 2015 5:51 PM
Karen L.(Gregory) Largent
6 Photo Requests
Dear Brian,

Thank You so much for taking all those photos for me! I appreciate it so much.

I may have more for you in the future so be prepared.

I have relatives all over Grandview and don't know where they are.

You are an angel and a truly good person.

My sincerest thanks.

Karen L Largent
Johnstown, PA
Added by Karen L.(Gregory) Largen... on May 26, 2015 1:26 PM
Kaycie Wilson
George Herbert Mathews
Thank you Brian for your photo of George's headstone.
Added by Kaycie Wilson on May 25, 2015 11:00 PM
Thank you
for the beautiful photo you took of the gravestone of John Michael at Harmony Cemetery - it is very much appreciated!
Added by tree-hugger on May 25, 2015 1:09 PM
Jack O'Connor
RE: Marlett-Grandview
I've deleted the request and I'll upload yours.


Added by Jack O'Connor on May 23, 2015 3:15 PM
Katina Peters
Jetta M. Mayle Scott


Tnk you very much for the photo, I really appreciate your time and help.

Take Care,

Katina Peters
Added by Katina Peters on May 23, 2015 3:05 PM
Jack O'Connor
Thanks. Can you put the photo on her husband Jame's memorial as well? His # is 105467276.

Thanks and take it slow.

Added by Jack O'Connor on May 23, 2015 2:59 PM
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