|Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)|
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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. I strictly follow Find-A-Graves transfer policies (direct relation within 4 generations) and 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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|Brad Campbell||RE: Susan Bittner|
It is always my pleasure to help. There are several other Bittners in Evergreen, if you are interested.
|Shirley Bradley||Photo Requests - Bradley|
Hi Brian - Thank you for the headstone photos for Alfred and Elsie Bradley - and for the extra time and work for adding the close-ups. That snow looks COLD. What a great volunteer!
|chloe perdew||Charles Hinchman|
Thank you very much for the links to Charles Hinchman's parents! Your help is appreciated.
|Chad Kendell||Re: Woodward|
Thanks for great pictures !!!
|Elizabeth||RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 72328569|
Thanks for responding Brian. I spent all of yesterday looking for him. I have sent away to the Nat'l Archives for his Civil War record and hope to learn something that way. Surprisingly, he suffered a gun shot wound in the leg, but returned home only to have another 7 children. Once I find him, we'll be able to link him to the rest of the family. Thanks again for your work. Elizabeth
|Elizabeth||Find A Grave Memorial# 72328569|
This is a grave for my 2x great grandmother, Anna Mary Stuck Rile. Hoping to find her husband, John Rile, and a Civil War Veteran (he survived 4yrs), still living in 1890, although in Brothers Valley, Somerset, Pennsylvania. I am wondering whether or not his gravesite is in the area of her grave. However, I think it likely you would have included that if it was so just checking and he may be in a cemetery in Brothers Valley. Thank you. Elizabeth Radley, Brooklyn, NY
|Tom Kouts||Kautz, Kouts|
Thanks for all your work on this family. Guess we are shirt tail relation. Thanks again
|Sandra Kepple Welch||Sauro|
Thank you for transferring the Sauro memorials.
Maybe when the snow has melted there will be a stone to photograph. Thanks again
Sandra Kepple Welch
|Denise Conrad Wagner||RE: Priscilla Helsel Phillips|
I just checked in today and saw your message. OMG! I can't tell you how many times I've given up on finding Seth's first wife! I know his son, Seth "Jr" (not sure if he's literally a junior, but I refer to him as one) stayed with Priscilla for many years and I've always been curious about who his biological mother was. I would be very interested to learn more about her if you find anything.
Thank you for your help!
|Rita Seeley||Thank You|
I am finally working on my family tree again and now all of the work you have put in is paying off for me. My family has a lot of Benshoff, etc., Strayer, Goughenour, etc., and related families and you know Sandyvale is full of those families. I greatly appreciate all of the work you are putting in to this project of yours. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Rita Seeley (Benshoof, Benshoff, etc) descendent.
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