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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 21 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. 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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Jack O'Connor
RE: St. Bernard's-Indiana
Get'm all and I'll make up memorials for them.

Many thanks.
Added by Jack O'Connor on May 03, 2015 3:46 PM
Jack O'Connor
RE: St. Bernard's-Indiana
Here they are, at lest the one's I know about. I would have to bet that ANY Strittmatter's at St. Bernard's are part of this family. I understand they are all in one large area.

STRITTMATTER, Edward P.- 1888-1965
Wife, Mary Pauline, 1910-1969

STRITTMATTER, Joseph E.-1897-1982
Wife, Mary E. 1896-1970

STRITTMATTER, Thomas J.-1926-2009
Wife, Mary J.- 1932-???

STRITTMATTER, Neil Robert 1929-1985
Wife, Josephine A. 1934-???


Added by Jack O'Connor on May 03, 2015 2:13 PM
Allan Miller
Dorothy Dicco #145890124
Thank you Very very much for the photos and transfer of Dom & Dorothy. Your work is very much appreciated.
Allan Miller
Added by Allan Miller on May 03, 2015 8:23 AM
Tom Schoening
Laura Patchin
Brian - I see someone has done a lot of work linking the Patchin Family - Which is really great. Are You or someone in Your family related to the Patchin's ????????

Regards - Tom
Added by Tom Schoening on May 03, 2015 8:07 AM
RE: Thank You!!
Awesome!! Thank You! I just went on there and seen the one for Harry, I couldn't figure it out because I was on there last night it wasn't there now today there it was. They are my husband's great grand parents a lot of his family are up there in Jenner's town. We live in Pittsburgh pa and haven't been up there since 2000.
Thank You So Much.
Added by joan on May 02, 2015 6:37 PM
Jack O'Connor
RE: St. Bernard's-Indiana
Ok, I'll let you slide this time. But please jot down the name Strittmatter. There's a bunch up there and yes, the church and staff have been less than helpful.

Thanks again,

Added by Jack O'Connor on May 02, 2015 2:08 PM
Jack O'Connor
St. Bernard's-Indiana
Thanks, I wish I'd known you were heading that way. I had a few on the list for several years that I finally took off last year :(

Added by Jack O'Connor on May 02, 2015 8:48 AM
Charles Patterson
Bernard Conway

As always, a huge thanks!

Added by Charles Patterson on May 02, 2015 7:51 AM
Donna Jean Robinson
Matey Golias
Thank you so much for the headstone photos and death record. It's so appreciated.

Jeanne Robinson
Added by Donna Jean Robinson on May 02, 2015 6:07 AM
# 142629104 Photos in place
Hey, Cuz, THANKS for superior!! McCUTCHEON photos(# 142629104). A "bit more" of our MECHLING related family documented. Caral
Added by Caral on May 02, 2015 4:17 AM
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