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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am an avid Genealogist from Western Massachusetts (Westfield / Montgomery area), whose main objective is to find, memorialize and photograph the headstones for those individuals in my area of New England whose final disposition is not readily found in online sources.

Please read below if you have been searching for an individual on Find-A-Grave and located a memorial I created for (or have been transferred management for) him/her. I am very active here (28 Mar. 2015) and as such am quickly responsive to all edits/transfer requests. Feel free to make any edits/suggestions you wish, all are most welcome! I will always try my hardest to help you in any way that I am able. There is no need for negativity or rudeness without first contacting me either here or privately by email. I am not here to "collect" memorials or "keep" them under my own management when approached by a relative or other interested party. In truth I wish the counts listed in the upper right corner of a bio page were not visible as they often serve to promote misconceptions in terms of a volunteers motivation here.

I have become an experienced cemetery photographer this past year and would love to work with anyone on a collaborative project. I can photograph a medium sized cemetery in 1 day and a larger cemetery in less than a week comprehensively. Photographing would be the part of any collaboration I would prefer to be in charge of, creating memorials could be the charge of the others involved.

This can open up the geographic distance for participants considerably. I also have access to thousands of unpublished transcripts I can share with anyone interested. Email me privately if you believe you may have a project in mind.

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 transcript.

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.

One quick point I (reluctantly) need to make as it has become a more common issue for the entire FAG volunteer community in recent months:

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.

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 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"

(*read that last sentence again to see just how strange it is that someone would feel that way to begin with).


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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Samuel (Barns) Barnes
Hi James,

The source that I used is at this like and it shows that your Lucy is one of his children.

Added by Our Family History on Mar 30, 2015 10:04 AM
Cyndy Munday
RE: Thank You
Thank you Jim. I just love how we are all working all over to make this the best sharing site for information. It has been a tremendously wonderful site for us and I am sure we are not alone with that sentiment. Folks with an attitude like yours are what makes it all work. Appreciate your note. Cyndy
Added by Cyndy Munday on Mar 28, 2015 8:04 PM
Nancy Hills Lamps
Transfer of memorial
Will you please transfer my 3rd great grandfather's memorial. It's Henry Granger #132093829 Mine (#47171156). I have more information on Henry and his family.

I am amazed at all the memorials you have added.

Thank you,

Nancy Hills Lamps
Added by Nancy Hills Lamps on Mar 28, 2015 12:39 PM
RE: Frederick John Cornwell
I found that Nora did remarry.. Henry R Stone in 1924 in Worcester and died Nov 9, 1974 in Worcester (b. March 19, 1891 in Worcester recorded as Lora) Don't know burial info though.
Added by LMR on Mar 28, 2015 10:22 AM
RE: Leon Piotrowski
thank you for taking it so well, I know it annoys some folk, think the database just goes nuts sometimes
Added by Daff on Mar 28, 2015 10:09 AM
Frederick Cornwell
You can move your memorial for Fred #139647237. I'll delete mine. Glad you noticed this.
The birthdate on the death record is incorrect though at Oct 27 1891. Found his birth recorded as Frederic John Cornwell Oct 22, 1890 in Worcester.

Added by LMR on Mar 28, 2015 8:56 AM
I'M making progress/ JPOCONNOR 733-3235
Added by John P OCONNOR on Mar 27, 2015 6:32 PM
Margaret Starkweather
Dorothy Bousquet
I 'm this woman youngest child. I didn't expext to see a photo of her head stone on find a grave. Dorothy had two men in her life 4 children by each man. From, Margaret Bousquet Starkweather
Added by Margaret Starkweather on Mar 23, 2015 10:14 AM
White family
Thank you for allowing me to work with you on this family. That stone was one that I needed to return to, and try to make more sense of the engraving. Several members of that family, I have been able to trace back to the Mayflower, quite possibly this is another one. Continue your great work on the site, you supply us all with valuable information. Happy graving!
Added by goose on Mar 23, 2015 3:17 AM
I'll just respond by saying "exactly" to what you just typed. I could go on about a few people but it's not worth my time. I'll just say the thing that bugs me the most is the memorials with just a name, no dates or even plot #'s to kind of know they are in the same area. I mean c'mon!

I do not know how you do all that you do in such a small amount of time but keep it up.


Added by Ryan-O on Mar 22, 2015 10:04 PM
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