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Brian J. Ensley (#47190867)
 member for 7 years, 11 months, 16 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 working at a local hospital, and now I'm retired from Active Duty with the PA Army National Guard (AGR) after my Apache (AH-64D) Attack Reconnaissance Battalion was disbanded.

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.

If you have a minute, feel free to visit my mother’s memorial Connie Ensley and if so inclined leave a flower if you wish.

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) Please credit me if using my photos elsewhere!! This includes Ancestry.com, your personal genealogy page, etc. I don't mind if you use my photos, just please cite your source!

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 (3878)[Leave Message]
Cheryl Carmany Marr
Flora Murvine
Thank you, Brian, for your time and effort to locate her grave. I appreciate it!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on Sep 25, 2017 4:51 PM
Greg Tucker
Sidman Cemetery Photos
Thanks much for the Edna Mumau photos.
Added by Greg Tucker on Sep 23, 2017 6:31 PM
Mary Jane Kratzenberg Senn
RE: Pauline Boes

I can't take credit for taking the photo only for adding it to the memorial. My nephew attended the service for his aunt, Sister John Francis Danko (183029794) and took photos of all the markers in the cemetery, my part is cropping and adding them to the memorials. I'm starting with the 14 already on Find A Grave and will add an additional 30 or so to complete all of the burials at Our Lady of Divine Providence.

I'll pass on thanks to Matt,

Janie
Added by Mary Jane Kratzenberg Sen... on Sep 23, 2017 6:28 AM
🍁C.
Thank You. Re. Malcolm Wayne Green Vietnam Veteran
Hello,

Thank you for your kindness and visiting my Special Uncle Wayne, he was a Vietnam War Veteran suffered from Agent Orange which brought on a rare form of Leukemia.

I tried to leave my message on the Memorial of your Beautiful Mother, but it went " Message Would Be Under Review.. ". My initial message as , " I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your Beloved Mother, at such a young age. Her picture show, kind eyes, a beautiful smile among other Beautiful traits. I am thinking of You. ". I had to delete it and change it.

Blessings to You and Your Family,

Carolyn

Tennessee
Added by 🍁C. on Sep 20, 2017 8:28 AM
MKoestler
RE: John Bartok #98785732
Thank you for brining this picture to my attention. I am glad I had the correct one on there too! The incorrect picture has been removed. Thank you again!
Added by MKoestler on Sep 18, 2017 1:15 PM
Paul Gaus
Thanks
Thank you for all the help you have provided.
Added by Paul Gaus on Sep 16, 2017 5:50 PM
Frank Bobak
RE: Checking In
Just been very busy. I don't know what happened, June and July were what 5 minutes long and August maybe 10. LOL

Hope all is well with you.
Added by Frank Bobak on Sep 11, 2017 12:26 PM
Tom Schoening
Infant Male Litz
Thanks for the photo in Grandview Cemetery and the additional information on the plot - You are one class Act - Keep up the great work

Regards - Tom
Added by Tom Schoening on Sep 11, 2017 5:08 AM
Heartbroken Daddy's Girl
william green

thank you for showing the location of his unmarked grave

Connie

Added by Heartbroken Daddy's Girl on Sep 10, 2017 1:32 PM
Priscilla
Susanna (Countryman) Friedline Shaulis
The correct photo for Susanna, born 1803 died 1873 was uploaded by Ancestor Searcher and is in a memorial for Susanna Shaulis born Aug 6 1833 (incorrect - photo shows it's 1803) died Mar 29, 1873. Same cemetery: Lavansville Lutheran Church Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial # 110683719.
Added by Priscilla on Sep 09, 2017 7:39 PM
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