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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 5 years, 2 months, 11 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.

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 (2469)[Leave Message]
Marge & Bob
Thank you for taking the time to get Margaret Douthitt another family member
Thank You
Added by Marge & Bob on Dec 21, 2014 9:44 PM
Joe Scholly
Klenner & McGonegal
Thank you once again for the memorial pictures!

Hope you have a great holiday.
Added by Joe Scholly on Dec 21, 2014 8:53 PM
Re: Della Watton McLaughlin

Thank you so much for this photo. I have been waiting a long time for this one (she is my Great Aunt).

Please know how much your effort on my behalf is so greatly appreciated.

Kind REgards,
Added by D S on Dec 21, 2014 4:47 PM
Bob Todd
Many Thanks
Brian, Your pictures are greatly appreciated, since father Time has limited my ability to travel. If you would be so kind, I have one more Aunt and Uncle (Dale and Irene Todd) buried in Green Wood Cemetery of whose tombstones I need pictures.

Thank You Very Much, Bob Todd in Manassas, VA.
Added by Bob Todd on Dec 21, 2014 3:47 PM
RE: Richard Launtz #133847683
Happy to transfer Richard and Florence Launtz to you - and yes, you may use my cemetery photos. I don't "copyright" my photos but offer them to anyone for reference purposes. I'm happy I could assist in linking you will lost family members - families belong together.
Added by lolo1951 on Dec 21, 2014 3:39 PM
Tim Wilkinson
Naomi Elizabeth Phillippi Eppley
Thank you for the gravestone photo.
Added by Tim Wilkinson on Dec 21, 2014 12:09 PM
John Russell Pierson
William Palmer
Thanks for the pic!
Added by John Russell Pierson on Dec 21, 2014 11:31 AM
sheri kehrer
Thank you! Have a merry christmas!
Added by sheri kehrer on Dec 20, 2014 11:56 PM
Re:Hazel June Reeger Smith
Thank you so very much for the photo of Hazel June Reeger Smith headstone. (my aunt)
I appreciate your work.
Thanks- Acrey
Added by Acrey on Dec 20, 2014 5:42 PM
Carl Bennett
Griffith photo
Thank you again!
Added by Carl Bennett on Dec 20, 2014 3:51 PM
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