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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 4 years, 2 months, 18 days
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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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CB Langley
James P. Grant

I see that the names of James P. Grants parents were posted on the site. Do you know what the source is for the two? I cannot find records for either one of them. Based on James P. Grant's record, one parent was from Scotland and the other from Ireland. JP Grant married my 3rd Great Aunt,
Virginia C. Dean(e).


Charles (Brad) Langley
Added by CB Langley on May 23, 2016 12:22 PM
The Seljevik family
Hi James
thank you for the correction and additions on
Nina # 145059235
Agnore # 145059252
Alice # 145059195
Now I try to find Eilif # 162928544

Added by Lisbeth on May 23, 2016 9:51 AM
Deb Biggs
Photo for Ezery (Ezra) Day
Hi James,

I was wondering if I might have your permission to use the photo that you took of Ezra and Hannah Day's tombstone on both my personal computer tree and on my ancestry tree. I would, of course, annotate that the photograph is yours.

Ezra and Hannah Day are my 6th great grandparents through their son, Ezra II.

Thank you for your consideration, and thank you so very much for your dedication to the memorials that you have created and the photos that you have offered to help complete them. You have obviously spent (and spend) many hours on this service. Please know that there are numerous people that find your memorials and photos and are thrilled by that newly found link to their loved ones.

Deb Biggs
Added by Deb Biggs on May 21, 2016 2:16 PM
Judith Morrison
Josiah Stebbins
Thank you for helping me find my 5th Great Grandfather. Your work is so very appreciated.
Added by Judith Morrison on May 21, 2016 7:57 AM
Pauline A. Wyman
Thank you James for the posting. Her husband was my 2nd great-great uncle.
Thanks again,

Added by Bob on May 19, 2016 10:59 AM
# 136298207 Arthur T King
Hey, James was wondering if you could make a note on Arthur's memorial that his real date of birth is 20 Nov 1884 per the Births Registered in the town of Rowe for the year 1884 found in Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840-1915.
Added by jmgs1 on May 14, 2016 8:03 PM
Daniel Peer
RE: John Alexander
First off, thank you for taking the time to respond and to create the memorial in the first place. After closely examining what I was looking at, you did not claim he was born in Massachusetts and I clearly needed to check my facts better. Please accept my sincere apologies.
Added by Daniel Peer on May 14, 2016 1:17 PM
Scott Stanley
Sarah Rosetta (nee Stanley) Dickinson
I was wondering if you would be so kind to transfer the management of Sarah Rosetta (nee Stanley) Dickinson, Memorial #127244094, to me as she was our GG-aunt. She is the sister of my GG-grandfather William Evans Stanley.

Thank you for memorializing our family member and the incredible pictures. You have taken at least forty pictures of our family members graves over the years. Thank You!!! We really appreciate all you your hard work and kindness.
Sincerest Regards,
Scott Stanley
Added by Scott Stanley on May 13, 2016 1:09 PM
Thank you & Transfer Request
Hi James!
Thank you so much for the awesome pictures of grave sites for many of my ancestors! This is such a great help. If you are willing and have the time, I would like to have the following memorials transferred to me. They are my Gr Gr Grandparents and Gr Gr Aunt... Frederick Abbey, Lucy J. Abbey and Mary L. Abbey Find A Grave memorial numbers:
Thank you so much! Sarah

Added by Sarah on May 11, 2016 2:06 AM
H Miller
Hepsibeth Whitney
Thanks for the pictures of my ancestors. My 5th Great Grandmother. This is a missing piece of info about her death.
Added by H Miller on May 08, 2016 10:23 AM
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