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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 7 years, 5 months, 14 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) in an Apache (AH-64D) Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (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 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. I finally earned my Master's Degree in 2006. 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 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 ask permission to use it in your own personal family tree such as or just properly cite the source from where you obtained the photo. HOWEVER, on any of my photos, be sure to cite the source to give proper credit.

2) 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.

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. AND, Find-A-Grave FAQ's page states that they allow Death Certificates to be placed on memorials.

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.

9) I AM NOT a memorial collector. Since I transcribed over 300 cemeteries in the area and did the legwork to find this information in the heat of summer, swatting bugs, climbing through jagger bushes, and looking on a mountain side all day for a single grave, I've entered many of these graves on here so the information would be preserved, thus the large numbers. BUT, when family wants to manage a memorial, I rarely deny any transfer. Balance that number against the large number of requests fulfilled which shows my real dedication, despite 2 in 10 members ever bothering to thank me for my time and fuel, etc.

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 (3670)[Leave Message]
Edward Kuyat
Thank-you for the cropped photo of Edward Kuyat. Ed is my mother's cousin and I never seen this picture before. I was wondering if you had the whole photo. It probably has more of my mother's family on it. Thank-you so much.
Added by jmvernal on Mar 24, 2017 3:18 PM
Kim Gutshall
Thank you so much Brian for taking the time to get these photos! Glad to see the snow is finally melting your way.
Added by Kim Gutshall on Mar 22, 2017 3:40 PM
William Donahey
Ross Clawson
Thank you Brian.
Added by William Donahey on Mar 22, 2017 11:47 AM
Virginia Sobotkin
RE: Hi
Thank you for your thoughtful message. I can't find much on my ancestors anymore so I am trying to bring families together on Find-a-grave. Some of these are only remotely connected to my family.

Have a great day!
Added by Virginia Sobotkin on Mar 20, 2017 3:42 PM
Harry Rogers
Thank you Brian for all the photos you took today. Much appreciated. The photos look great.
Added by Harry Rogers on Mar 20, 2017 12:03 AM
Marta R. Gaughen
Lamison, Hess, Unverzagt, etc Families
Dear Brian,
It seems you've got my family covered. Thank you for showing an interest and helping me to find my long lost family members.
Re John Lamison, I had the military grave notice through I was really hoping he would have still had a headstone to photograph. It appears the further back I go, the less likely it is to find one. I think I must be related to nearly everyone in Johnstown! LOL. Wonder how many more Hess, Unverzagt, Lamison, Glitsch family members you have there? Again, thank you for your help
Added by Marta R. Gaughen on Mar 19, 2017 9:34 AM
RE: George Burtnett
Brian, I just seen your question tonight. I'm sorrym but I can't remember anything about his obit off the top of my head. talk about bad memories, If there is anything wrong with anything that I sent, just delete it. All I know for sure is that he was in the JHS class of 1964.
Added by jmvernal on Mar 18, 2017 7:45 PM
Carole Feingold
Canan photos at Grandview
Thanks for the great, beautiful photos. And the transfers. I think the snow added a beautiful touch. Best to you, Carole
Added by Carole Feingold on Mar 17, 2017 10:15 PM
Kim Gutshall
RE: Peachman & Barclay
Hello again.
I agree with you on the possible deleting of 1 pic... that the VA Application for Headstone is the one to delete. I saved them all so if something else has to be deleted I'm good.

As far as getting the pic soon and the lighting is not right you can wait til Spring when its beautiful and sunny.

The information I was telling you about that I am at a road block....
James Peachman was Married to Catherine Barclay. It is Catherine's 1st Husband that she shared 2 children with. I have been searching forever and come up empty handed. UGH

Here is what I have

Catharine Amelia Barclay Born 03 Sep 1895 and Died 29 Jun 1921 in Altoona, Blair Pennsylvania
She married William Blair Myers on 19 Feb 1912 in Juniata, Blair, Pennsylvania. William Blair was born 13 Apr 1890 in Thomastown, Blair, Pennsylvania and died 12 Jan 1959 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. On William Blair's United States World War I registration Cards, 1917-1918 it states that a wife, 2 children and mother & father in law are dependent on him.

Nowhere can I find a cencus with 2 children. William Blair was married after Catharine, to Lucy A Styers (Born 02 Feb 1905 Died 06 Mar 1948 Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania and is buried in Fairview, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania and no Luck on Finding a marriage certificate for them. But I know that he had 4 children and gave 2 of them away to an orphanag in Mt Joy Lancaster area after the mother died in 1948.

If you have time to look anything up and see what you can find that would be great. But please dont take away from the things you are doing.... I will continue to look. Again thank you for offering to help me on this matter. Building a family tree is sometimes very frustrating.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Hope you have a fantastic day... at least the sun is shining here in good ol' PA

Added by Kim Gutshall on Mar 17, 2017 11:28 AM
Albert Ledoux
RE: Dorthy Alice Peer #128263600
If Johnstown is Little Alaska, Gallitzin is Little North Pole!
Added by Albert Ledoux on Mar 16, 2017 4:32 PM
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