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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am an avid genealogist from Western Massachusetts (Westfield/Montgomery Area)

I first joined Find-A-Grave in March of 2012, after having a monument placed on the grave of my biological grandfather Abolfazl , an Iranian exchange student studying engineering at Brigham Young University. A friend told me about this website and encouraged me to join and I did, adding just two memorials for my grandfather and Great-Great Grandmother Lucy Mercier, both who had very tragic lives and who I felt a deep connection to.

I have a very mixed ancestry: Persian, Turkish, Azeri, Armenian, Italian (from both mainland Italy & Sicily), French-Canadian, German, Polish, English (New England - Yankee) & Scottish. My earliest ancestor to arrive here was Rowland Stebbins in 1634 and my most recent was my grandfather Abolfazl, who came in 1947 at the age of 21.

There are two "schools" of thought on Find-A-Grave, both have admirable and commendable goals.

One 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 other 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.

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. In this past year I have taken close to 200,000 photos and to date uploaded over 100,000. 14 months ago I had to my credit just 12 photos, despite having been a member over a year at that point.

I am very quick to respond to all edits and make valid biographical changes/links. Usually within an hour and always within 1 day. I will never go inactive, and I will never ignore an email or edit request. I will not link to a "Burial Unknown" memorial as their existence on Find-A-Grave defeats the site objective entirely.

**If you need a local (Western Massachusetts) photo and you are not getting any response from a photo request, send me a message or email and I will get one for you provided the headstone exists. I am quite adept at decifering even the most worn and aged headstones, and have access to various local genealogy libraries and state archives which may provide plot and location info.


I will gladly transfer recent (post c. 1950) memorials to anyone with an interest in developing them further, preferably a relative or friend/acquaintance.

I will not transfer a memorial out of Find-A-Grave guidelines, which reads:

Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Only request transferring of management if you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree.

Second, Transfer requests will be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

If you try and bully me into transferring a memorial outside of the website's guidelines by sending rude messages or posting negative comments on my wall you will be reported to Admin.

Keep in mind that there is no valid change/addition that cannot be made through an edit or suggestion, and unlike many here, I will respond quickly and I will never shirk my management responsibility by going inactive or ignoring your message. The only reason any memorial I have created is currently bare or lacking detail is that I have not yet begun to work on the particular family or cemetery.

*If you find that I have discovered the final resting place of an individual you have created a memorial for (burial unknown or incorrect cemetery) please contact me via email or edit/corrections. I always search the cemetery & town (and often county) before creating a memorial, and would never intentionally create a duplicate. I work very hard physically traveling to these often remote cemeteries in the hopes of discovering those previously lost. It is rather rude to dismiss my efforts and send me a "DUPLICATE" message after you have moved your memorial to where I have found the individual. This is Find-A-Grave and as such the first memorial created in the correct cemetery is the permanent memorial. Many people use this website like a genealogy program and add entire books or surnames as Burial Unknown memorials, moving them as graves are located.

I also copy/paste into Excel a complete list of all memorials in cemeteries I have spent a great deal of time working with once I have completed uploading my photos. This way it is easy to determine if an identical memorial was "moved" into the cemetery from elsewhere, or an existing memorial in the cemetery altered to match another.

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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Nathaniel & Lois (Bugbee) Stowell gravestone photos
May I have your permission to download the photos of the gravestones of Nathaniel Stowell, Jr (Memorial# 49027936) and his wife, Lois (Bugbee) Stowell (Memorial# 49027908)?
I would like to upload them into my Ancestry family tree.
Thank you for your consideration.
-Ro Fleury
Added by MissKitty on Jan 21, 2015 9:15 AM
George Harger
RE: Isaac Gibbs #41466097
Isaac Gibbs remains in your care after the merger. Family connections are included, but the bad photo has not been removed. 140683274
Added by George Harger on Jan 20, 2015 5:06 PM
Kathy B
RE: Hannah (Going) Spaulding Withington
James, Thanks for all the information and the photo of Hannah Withington's headstone.
Kathy B
Added by Kathy B on Jan 18, 2015 5:40 PM
George Harger
Duplicates in Hill & Blandford Cemetery
Isaac Gibbs in Hill Cemetery.
Submit Hall in Blandford Cemetery.
Requests to merge have not happened yet. I will ask Admin again, as sometimes they get lost. I save the Emails then delete when accomplished.

Once done I believe all the duplicates in these cemeteries are fixed (100 or more), unless you see some more in Hill. Thank again for your photo efforts.
Added by George Harger on Jan 18, 2015 9:37 AM
Maria B.
Hi Jim

You are quite welcome and I did add him. I've also added two more you might want to check them out and see if they are related somehow.

Added by Maria B. on Jan 18, 2015 9:32 AM
RE: Ruggles Woodbridge

Thank you. I just happened to come across these while looking for someone different. I have noticed several duplicates in Evergreen and will address them at a later time.

Added by jefhamp13 on Jan 16, 2015 8:10 PM
Betty Budil
Pinehill Cemetery, Westfield Mass
Thank you James, You are a wonderful man to take time to take pictures of our love ones headstones and document information for all of us to see, use and fill in our lost records. My family names that were so special to see were Williams, Drew, Cosby, Cooper and others. Sincerely, Betty (Drew Beador) Budil
Added by Betty Budil on Jan 15, 2015 1:08 PM
Annie Flora Wells Bodman 139402430
Thank you James for updating the information. You were fast and timely.
Added by KKCoderre on Jan 14, 2015 10:17 AM
RE: Ellinwood
You are entirely welcome. Just trying to keep up with all the requests.
Added by Sue on Jan 13, 2015 6:44 PM
Susan Chandler Stanley
RE: Jesse S. Peters
Hi There!
It is so nice to see memorial with photos for Jesse. Thank you for all you do! Jesse was a distant cousin of mine, although I never met that part of the family. I know there are at least a couple others reviewing the Peters family history & they are more closely related. Perhaps one of them would be interested in hosting the memorial, but thank you for asking. We sure appreciate you giving your time to this project! :)
Added by Susan Chandler Stanley on Jan 12, 2015 7:35 PM
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