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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a genealogist and native/resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). My earliest ancestor arrived here in 1639 (Rowland Stebbins). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available trans. and add memorials from my photos.

The primary motivation for my work on Find A Grave is of a genealogical nature and as such I encourage valid edits and biographical details and will work with members any way I am able in order for the finished result to look something like this or this.

90% of the memorials I manage are local to my area (MA/CT/VT/NH/RI). If I do create a memorial in a distant state/cemetery it is most likely for an individual with familial ties to New England.

As you can see by the # of photos I have uploaded in a short period of time (Since Nov. 2013 when I began dedicating more time to FAG) I work very hard trying to discover the final resting place of local individuals. I intend to photograph every memorial I have created and I have taken close to 300,000 headstone photos since November of 2013 only 1/3 of which are currently uploaded. I work on this daily, and currently over 120,000 of the memorials I manage have headstone/marker photographs.

I will respond quickly to edits and suggestions in the interim and will even go take a photo if requested. If you are related to an individual I have created a memorial for (or manage) please send me a message, I am quite liberal with transfers to family members.

If any memorial I have created currently lacks details or a photo that is only temporary and indicates I have created it from trans. and is on schedule to be further developed/linked/photographed.

There appears to be two "schools" of thought among the major contributors here at Find-A-Grave.

The first is to create a basic memorial for an individual in order for others to know just where that elusive relative/friend/acquaintance is buried. Exposure is immense and in that respect there is no other website quite like this one.

The second school of thought is to take this amazing resource and utilize all of the wonderful tools it offers to us as genealogists. Detailed bios, photographs, documents and the most beneficial of all, interlinking relations, both by the relationship edit option or by inserting html code linking to another memorial directly.

As a genealogist I wholeheartedly subscribe to the latter, and as a result have worked very hard traveling extensively in my local area of New England photographing and memorializing those buried in cemeteries which do not have a readily available published trans.

I will gladly transfer memorials out of guidelines to relatives, I may however wish to fully develop the memorial first to make sure details are not lacking. In this case perhaps after a day or two. In the case of more recent deaths (after 1900) you may expect a transfer as soon as I am aware of the request.

Burial Unknown memorials: I will not link to a memorial where the final disposition is unknown, the Burial Unknown option was set up by FAG originally for recent burials with the provision they be removed after 30 days (see FAG Guidelines) this quickly became a way for people to build a family tree or collect a specific geographic or surname group.

Likewise a memorial created in an unverified cemetery (often said here to be "plopped") defeats the integrity and purpose of this website and belittles the hard work of it's volunteers. I will need to verify any newly created memorial I am asked to link to before approving the edit.

Find-A-Grave's primary objective has always been to document the final disposition of an individual. Long standing Burial Unknown memorials serve only to cause confusion and negativity here.

The first memorial created in the correct cemetery (NOT as a burial unknown memorial) is the permanent memorial. Date of creation is not considered when comparing a memorial created correctly, in a verified cemetery, and one created as "burial unknown".

**When notified FAG will always remove/merge a burial unknown memorial moved into a cemetery where a grave has been verified.

recent examples:

1. Samuel Bliss

2. Noah Thomas

My transfer policy is much more liberal than most so send a request *if you are upset that I have located the grave for a person you created a memorial for as "burial unknown"

Thanks to all the FAG photo volunteers for your hard work! You are truly what makes this website such an incredible genealogical tool.

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Jane Cormuss
RE: Forrest Bryan (#121530865)
Belated thanks!
Added by Jane Cormuss on Oct 26, 2016 7:58 PM
bill preston
Annie P. Phillips Upham #134786994 @ Pine Grove
James: Thank you for posting her obituary and extract of 1880 Census. I had sent the SAC on 8/18, but Find A Grave never sent an advice of acceptance. I was just reviewing outstanding items. Find this is a common occurrence. Bill
Added by bill preston on Oct 23, 2016 4:56 PM
Mona Anderson
Incorrect Photo
Somehow you have placed an incorrect photo on this memorial: Find A Grave Memorial# 131527100. (Computer gremlins that day?)
Added by Mona Anderson on Oct 23, 2016 7:46 AM
Barb Destromp
Cora E. Whittemore Williams
Thanks so much for the transfers.. I truly do appreciate them..
Added by Barb Destromp on Oct 19, 2016 7:41 AM
Copeland Bios in Bristol, Mass
Thank you, James!
Added by Mary on Oct 19, 2016 7:09 AM
Judith Lee Howard Shea
Eunice Foster

Hope you had a good summer taking photos! Still have a good fall with nice weather to go! I hear tomorrow it is going to be 82 !

Problem of the day: There are now 2 memorials for Eunice Foster,
135506252 and 135506242.

One has birth and death information which I added not too long ago, and the other doesn't. I think maybe something happened because at one point you had one of them under the name "Haller," and then I let you know about that.

Anyway, I thought you would like to know about this so you can delete the one with the least information!

Thanks for everything you do, especially trying to accommodate people with getting them the photos they long to have!
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Oct 17, 2016 6:56 AM
Hi James, You added a photo to Lydia Arnalds memorial last year. On the bottom it mentions her son. Would you please add a copy of the photo to his memorial too. He is here Infant son Arnald. Thank you.
Added by Denise on Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM
Wendy Wilson Holmes
Hi James, Margaret Anne Kennedy is my 4 great grand aunt.
If you could transfer her memorial that would be great.

Thank you in advance for all your hard work.


Wendy Lee Wilson Holmes
Added by Wendy Wilson Holmes on Oct 13, 2016 8:04 PM
Edwin Smith
Is it possible to retake the photo for Edwin Smith (Memorial# 124261526) without the shadows? Thank you!
Added by Janet on Oct 13, 2016 12:53 AM
Bartlett, Potter, Taft Decendant
Wow! Thank you James!
Thank you for your many years of research and documenting. You have helped thousands of people connect their family trees.

With appreciation,

Added by Bartlett, Potter, Taft De... on Oct 12, 2016 4:30 AM
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