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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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Jemima Robbins Carpenter #133439322
Thank you for adding the info to the memorial of Jemima. We appreciate all that you do.
Added by Sherman-Thomas on Sep 24, 2016 8:01 PM
Sarah D
RE: Transcript images - Nemasket
Hi Jim,
Here are 3 memorials that you can removed the scan of Thatcher's book because I've added pics of the gravestones.
142722618 Abner Bryant;
142723961 Sylvanus Warren;
142723990 Huldah Warren.
Many thanks,
Added by Sarah D on Sep 21, 2016 4:40 PM
Laura Townsend Allen
RE: W. C. Townsend
I have been searching for my great-grandfathers grave site for over 20 years. I had about given up but decided to rejoin Ancestry one more time in hopes of finding more information and lo and behold it lead me to your photo! Thank you SO much for the work you do. I just wanted you to know how very much this means to me. Sincerely, Laura Townsend Allen.
Added by Laura Townsend Allen on Sep 21, 2016 1:14 PM
RE: Albert Bartlett - Southampton
Thanks for checking on Albert.
I am 95% sure that Albert Harvey Bartlett is buried in New Haven Ct. 147365231

Thank you for doing the transfers. Much appreciated. This branch was my Fathers Grandparents via his Mother.

Added by CRP on Sep 19, 2016 5:55 PM
Sarah D
RE: Transcript images - Nemasket
Yes, I had planned to do the few I have all on the same day but life got in the way. Pulled off this way and that way. Will do.
Added by Sarah D on Sep 19, 2016 6:36 AM
Judith Lee Howard Shea
Abijah & Margery
What a beautiful job you did photographing the twin stones of Abijah and Margery Howard, and the reverse side that says "Mother" and "Father." The stones are some of the most lovely I've seen, and you did them so well! Thank you! (South Hopedale Cemetery)
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Sep 15, 2016 11:11 PM
Kathryn J McCloud
Susannah Harrington French
Thank you so much for making the edit to this memorial. Thank you also for all the contributions you have made to Find A Grave specifically, and to genealogy in general! Kathy
Added by Kathryn J McCloud on Sep 13, 2016 2:24 PM
Frank Alfred Hays
Ruth (Hays) Ensminger 1919-2001 was Frank's first child. Ruth was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Frank A. Hays, then a professor at Delaware College, and his wife Laura Thiesen. Laura died from complications of the birth. She acquired a middle initial, "H", for Harriet, which did not appear on her birth certificate. Elizabeth C. Hays is her half-sister, Frank Jr. her half-brother. Ruth married Ezra Ensminger whose parents lived in Bowie, Arkansas in 1930. They settled in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and had at least 2 children. The above information was researched by E.B. Brookline. I am a daughter of Elizabeth Hays. I believe confusion may have occurred because Elizabeth's parents rented out a upstairs room in their house to another Ruth for years after my mother left home. I don't know this Ruth's details but am guessing that she is the Ruth presently listed incorrectly as one of Frank's children.
Added by Annie on Sep 09, 2016 4:56 PM
Russell W. Bixby 127986936
Hello James, Russell's obit was published in the Greenfield Recorder on 01/17/1906, it states he was born in Grafton Vt. His memorial has a different location. And, the obit says he died in Gill, not the location in his memorial. I have no idea which locations are correct. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Sep 07, 2016 12:06 PM
Gail W
Lucy Graves
I believe I have found the gravestone for Lucy Graves. (Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland, MA) I am having some difficulty transferring a photo from my phone to my computer. I will most likely need to wait a few days to do this. Do you still need the photo?
Added by Gail W on Sep 06, 2016 6:15 PM
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