Brian J. Ensley

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12 years · 8 months · 12 days
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I have been involved with genealogy since around 1982 and have published several books on area cemeteries as well as local history. Of the 300+ cemeteries I have transcribed, when I create memorials 99% of them are from sites that I have personally visited because I believe that a memorial represents a person's life and is more than just the minimum of a name and date. I go above and beyond by adding as much data as possible through research because I treat each memorial with the same care and respect as if they were my own family. I am NOT a memorial collector. All of these years of transcribing cemeteries allowed me to create memorials long before many others joined this site.
This is a quest to preserve our heritage for future generations.

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.

If you have a minute, feel free to visit my mother's memorial Connie Ensley #43042891 and if so inclined leave a flower if you wish.
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I've taken over the responsibility of maintaining memorials from other members that either died, quit or were booted from this site. Please be patient as I try to add more information to them. Edits are always welcome as well as transfers to family members that I ALWAYS encourage. However, this does not mean a request for every single person with the same surname that may be a 9th cousin 8x removed. 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.

Please do not ask me to change a person's birth date based solely on a death certificate. Death certificates in PA (especially older ones) are notoriously wrong when it comes to birth dates. I will gladly make the change IF you have supporting documentation to go along with the death certificate, but not just based on it alone.

As for MILITARY RANKS: Find-A-Grave provides a drop-down field for this for a reason- to ensure our veterans are honored with the rank they achieved as per:


10 US Code 772 Section (e). A person not on active duty who served honorably in time of war in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title, and, when authorized by regulations prescribed by the President, wear the uniform, of the highest grade held by him during that war.

As a retiree of the U.S. Army from both the Adjutant General Corps. and the Judge Advocate Corps., I know a little about researching and if you have hard proof that goes against this policy, I'd be more than happy to have an open dialogue about it to share your thoughts.

Please use the EDIT tab to request changes. NO CORRECTIONS WILL BE MADE FROM THE MESSAGE SECTION ON THIS PAGE. This is what the feature was developed for. For those that have had that "team approach" and have helped fix and/or add information to these "orphaned" memorials, thank you!!

Please do not message me after you have found duplicate memorials. FAG has made it very simple to report them on your own. If you already have all of the information, contacting me or the other person (if applicable) is just duplicating our efforts. The same goes for establishing links, etc.- use the edit tab.

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. Twice I have lost thousands of photos with computer issues before I was able to back them up. By posting these, duplicate or not, I've been able to go back and save them from the memorials.

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.

I appreciate all of the hard work my fellow volunteers and contributors have made to this site!

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