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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 18 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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!
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Thomas Allman Eichelberger
RE: P. S.
Thank you so much for adding all those pictures!! They look great! So I am related to Mary Ferree Eichelberger Gobin because I am related to the Eichelberger family lines. But if you want to transfer any memorials over to me I would be more than happy to manage them.

Thank you!

Added by Thomas Allman Eichelberge... on Feb 25, 2017 8:50 AM
Norman Dodge
Find A Grave #9716457
The you for taking and posting a photo of Catherine S. "Katie" Lynch Harrigan. This is greatly appreciated
Added by Norman Dodge on Feb 23, 2017 6:05 PM
Thomas Allman Eichelberger
RE: Mary Ferree (Eichelberger) Gobin, Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA #104474003
Thank you for your pictures! This is much appreciated. :)
Added by Thomas Allman Eichelberge... on Feb 22, 2017 2:56 PM
Frank Bobak
Thanks Brian for the photo for John Updyke, I appreciate your work. It was a nice weekend to be out.
Added by Frank Bobak on Feb 21, 2017 6:27 AM
photo request for Herbert Stevenson
photo request for Ruth Stevenson

Thank you for taking the time to fulfill these requests. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Again, Thank you!
Added by JD STEPHENS, U.S. NAVY VE... on Feb 20, 2017 6:05 PM
KD Marble
Ray and Mary McKool
I cannot thank you enough for adding the death certificates to Ray and Mary McKool. My friend has been searching for the parents of Ray and Mary McKool for over 30 years.
Added by KD Marble on Feb 19, 2017 11:05 PM
Janice Coleman
Mike Ropar
Thank You so much for the photo of grave and certificate, Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks again
Janice Coleman
Added by Janice Coleman on Feb 19, 2017 7:07 PM
Linda Konrad
Note deleted. Thanks for finding it and pointing out the correction.
Added by Linda Konrad on Feb 19, 2017 5:19 PM
D Rea
Thank you for the image.
Added by D Rea on Feb 19, 2017 8:33 AM
Arnold Isaiah Bell Davis
Memorial number 81918835
Thank you so much for the pictures you have posted to this memorial. I really appreciate it!
Arnold Davis
Ocala, FL
Added by Arnold Isaiah Bell Davis on Feb 18, 2017 6:50 AM
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