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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 4 years, 3 months, 19 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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Adelia M Thomspon

Looking at my 2nd great grandmother -- I'd never known her death date. That page you have in the photo, what is that? I'd love the source so I could add it to my tree. Thank you so much! It's very helpful.
Added by Balto on Jun 21, 2016 6:55 PM
john rose
sorry the memorial 1 memorial is John Rose not James.
Added by CHARLENE CASTLE GIBBONS on Jun 21, 2016 9:27 AM
There is another memorial #81694152 for James Rose.
I don't know which is right. Please inform.

Added by CHARLENE CASTLE GIBBONS on Jun 21, 2016 9:25 AM
Jeff P
RE: Stephanie

thank you for the transfer, I will take good care of it.

If that was you there with Eric I do remember you. Thank you for coming to the service. That might have been the hardest day of my life.
Added by Jeff P on Jun 17, 2016 6:37 AM
Tim J.
Anna Sears Transfer
Thank You, Sir.
Added by Tim J. on Jun 17, 2016 4:26 AM
Jeff P
Stephenie Jill "Stevie" Bontempo
I want to thank you. I think you did a great job with my sister's memorial, and so quickly!

I understand that you transfer management to family members. I just wanted to let you know that I would take over management of my sisters memorial if you want. I know you have a very large number to manage.

You do seem to have a lot of work cut out for you! I commend you on all the hard work you have done! You have taken more pictures of headstones than I have taken of pictures of anything... where do you even get enough disk space??

Kind regards,
-Jeff Plotkin
Added by Jeff P on Jun 16, 2016 9:54 AM
prairie plains
Joseph Tripp Chase, New Bedford
Thank you for your study and follow up re. that particular memorial and name. If you would like me to transfer it to you for you to maintain, I'd be more than happy to do so.
Added by prairie plains on Jun 16, 2016 8:29 AM
Erv Roberts
Walter Pellerin Emma Pellerin
Would you consider the transfer of them to me this is my great grandparents. Greatly appreciated!! thanks so much!!
Erv Roberts 48931412
Added by Erv Roberts on Jun 14, 2016 8:07 AM
Alan Eugene Koch
Thomas McElwain
Dear James,

Thanks so very much for transferring Thomas. The McElwain family is an important part of my wife's ancestry.

Best regards, Alan
Added by Alan Eugene Koch on Jun 13, 2016 2:50 PM
Tim J.
Rosewarne's at Springdale Cemetery
James, thank you very much for the transfer of these ancestor's memorials to my care. Your efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Added by Tim J. on Jun 13, 2016 7:21 AM
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