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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 7 years, 6 months, 12 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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So Little Time
Thank you for taking the time to photograph the graves too far away for many of us to visit. We appreciate your help.
Added by So Little Time on Apr 23, 2017 3:39 PM
Tressa Jo Bissonette
Estella B. Young Klink - Memorial # 86467575
Thank you very much for adding the pictures of my family member Estella's page. I greatly appreciate it!! God Bless
Added by Tressa Jo Bissonette on Apr 22, 2017 6:35 PM
Tressa Jo Bissonette
Armagh Cemetery - Memorial # 87030298
Thank you very much for taking your time and going to the cemetery and adding photos of my family member Ida P McCluhen Stiles to her page. God Bless
Added by Tressa Jo Bissonette on Apr 22, 2017 2:07 PM
Tressa Jo Bissonette
Armagh Cemetery - Memorial # 127205064
Thank you very much for returning to my family member Roy E. Altimus burial site and down loading the Monument photos for me Brian. God Bless
Added by Tressa Jo Bissonette on Apr 22, 2017 10:28 AM
S. Scruggs
Mary Ann Howe
Hi Brian after looking at the death cert for Mary Ann Howe it says there mother was Bridget Mc
creosh not Mc Ginnis. do you have other information regarding this family that would clarify? thanks for any help. Do you happen to have death cert for Sarah Jane Howe? thanks Sue
Added by S. Scruggs on Apr 21, 2017 2:47 PM
Bill Yochim
RE: Ann Evans
Thank you so much for what your doing for me. From what I can see this was my Great Great Great Grandfathers Sister . Find A Grave Memorial# 5318658

Ann Owens Evans and her children were killed in the Johnstown flood.

Descendants of John Owens

1 John Owens
. +Ann Williams
... 2 Edward Owens b: 22 Jun 1828 Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, North Wales d: Abt. 1911
....... +Ann Owens m: 1848 in Wales b: 26 Mar 1827 Wales d: 05 Feb 1908 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 John Owens b: 15 Jul 1849 Atlantic Ocean d: 22 Dec 1928 Johnstown, Cambria Co., PA
............. +Mary Gettings m: 08 Nov 1878 d: Bef. 1900
.............. 4 Richard Owens b: Sep 1873 Cambria Co., PA
.............. 4 Annie Elizabeth Owens b: Nov 1879 Cambria Co., PA d: 1968 Cambria Co., PA
.................. +Olin Perry Thomas m: 1903 in Cambria PA Vol 25 page –425 b: 1882 PA d: 1941 Cambria Co., PA
.................... 5 Olin Perry Thomas b: Abt. 1905 PA
.................... 5 Mary Emily Thomas b: Abt. 1912 PA
.................... 5 Edward G. Thomas b: Abt. 1918 PA
.................... 5 John A. Thomas b: Abt. 1918 PA
.............. 4 Mildred Owens b: Feb 1886 Cambria Co., PA
.............. 4 Gussie Owens b: Nov 1889 Cambria Co., PA d: Aft. 1930
.............. 4 William Francis Owens b: 29 Mar 1891 Cambria Co., PA d: 09 May 1970
.................. +Elizabeth Fleming m: 1916 in Cambria Co, Marriage Index
.............. 4 Louise Virginia Owens b: Aug 1892 Cambria Co., PA d: Aft. 1930
.............. 4 Edward J. Owens b: Apr 1896 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 Mary A. Owens b: Abt. 1850 Cambria Co., PA
............. +William Lewis b: Abt. 1850
......... 3 Margaret Owens b: Abt. 1852 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 William Owens b: Abt. 1855 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 Elizabeth J. Owens b: Abt. 1856 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 Sarah Owens b: May 1858 Cambria Co., PA
......... 3 Susan Owens b: Abt. 1862 Cambria Co., PA d: 24 Jan 1899
............. +Alexander J. Waters m: 22 Jan 1895 b: 21 Oct 1857
......... 3 Catherine Owens b: Abt. 1864 Cambria Co., PA
............. +John C. F. Jones m: 1889 in Cambria Co, Index Pg. 53-1, Vol Pg. 6-60
......... 3 Joseph C. Owens b: Abt. 1865 Cambria Co., PA
... 2 Ann Owens b: Abt. 1830 Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, N. Wales d: 30 May 1889 Johnstown, Cambria Co., PA
....... +Evans

Ann Owens Evans and her children were killed in the Johnstown flood.

Note: I cannot connect to this family. For more information, in addition to the Will's posted on genweb, see "BIOGRAPHICAL AND PORTRAIT CYCLOPEDIA OF CAMBRIA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA" that is searchable on the Cambria, PA website.

This is was I had to work with... Thanks again for your work....

Added by Bill Yochim on Apr 18, 2017 7:30 PM
S. Scruggs
Mary ann Howe
Hi I am working on a reunion for Morris family in Texas and had some photos to go through... so hence Mary's photo. We had a piece of the story but after many hours of digging and tying up loose ends, reading the article of the obit it put it all in perspective. Just thought you might want to see her photo. I am sorry she doesn't have a marker tho
Added by S. Scruggs on Apr 17, 2017 11:45 PM
RE: Nyaha's Grave
I really appreciate all the work you have been doing for it! It totally was not necessary. And I had never even heard of Stanislaw! I definitely know now that I need to look into him. I've been researching the surname as part of a pet project. Thank you so much again for taking the pictures, and also for the offer! It is so appreciated.
Added by HT on Apr 15, 2017 6:09 PM
Cherie Lantz
Roy Conrad Lantz
Thanks so much for looking. I appreciate your efforts.
Cherie Lantz
Added by Cherie Lantz on Apr 15, 2017 5:46 PM
Judith Heckard Mathias
Sarah Miller Ream
Thank You
Added by Judith Heckard Mathias on Apr 15, 2017 10:48 AM
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