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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a native and resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available transcript and add memorials from my photos, when I do rarely add from transcript I have the cemetery slated to photograph.

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 97,000 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 transcript 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 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.

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 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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Linda Hiross
Davis Damon
Hi James..I notice you were active this year at First Parish, Norwell. I have had an inquiry from a descendant of Davis Damon (1812-1888), wondering if he is buried there. His two wives, Lucy and Ruth and his parents Elijah and Sally (Sears) Damon are buried there. Both Lucy and Ruth were daus of Luther and Alice (Nash) Damon.
I have posted a lot of listings myself from this cemetery, but you have added considerably to that.
I was just wondering if you have him listed in your files or photos and haven't yet posted him?
Any thoughts?
Thanks for your monumental additions to Find A Grave!
Added by Linda Hiross on Nov 24, 2015 9:35 AM
A Southern Snow
Snows of South Hadley MA
Thank you for the corrections and edits to bring this old Snow family from W. MA together. I appreciate your speedy correction of what was probably my error in confusing Josiah Snow Jr. with his father. The memorials now are correct. Happy Thanksgiving! I give thanks every day that my ancestors had the courage and foresight to brave many perils to find a land of liberty for them and their progeny. May we find a way to defend her! A Southern Snow
Added by A Southern Snow on Nov 23, 2015 7:29 PM
RE: Jonathan Standish (1775-1837)
Thank you.
Added by Addie on Nov 22, 2015 10:51 AM
Louis Roth
I totally agree with your philosphies....

would like to see if I can add your photo to my tree on Ancestry

Find A Grave Memorial# 151438393

many thanks, and have great Thanksgiving

Added by Louis Roth on Nov 21, 2015 8:11 PM
Sandra Moore Jackson
Hi James, I'am so sorry I have a duplicate of you's Eldad Merrell #12966586 please take the info from mine Eldad Merrell #151924229, and put it on your's so I can delete mine and link his wife Sarah, his name is on her stone.

Thank You Sorry
Added by Sandra Moore Jackson on Nov 20, 2015 5:48 AM
P.K. Magruder
RE: Seidell - Florence
I put Rose's full name at the top of the bio. She may have died a Seidell but she is listed as a Joslyn on the marker. It will be searchable on the Internet. I also put in a note about alternate last name spellings for any future searchers.

Thank you for transferring the photos; I deleted my icky one.

Augustus and Sophia should be arriving your way shortly.
Added by P.K. Magruder on Nov 18, 2015 1:16 PM
Kimberly Eckhardt
Marsh's in Simonsville
Hi James,
They also have a son buried next to them, Henry I believe, who died at age 27. Are you interested in his photo as well?
Added by Kimberly Eckhardt on Nov 18, 2015 8:21 AM
P.K. Magruder
Thank you for sharing the tree. They belong with their family and I know you will take very good care of them.
I hope you don't mind if I continue to include them on my Park Street Cemetery tour as they are 1 of the only 9 zinc markers in Northampton.
Added by P.K. Magruder on Nov 17, 2015 5:03 PM
James Warren
RE: Platt Marsh - Memorial # 147955480
Hi James, I have de-linked them. I was looking at the Thorntons listed, as my G. Grandmother was a Thornton. Her folks are buried in the Whipple Hollow Cemetery in West Rutland, and may not be closely related.
Added by James Warren on Nov 16, 2015 5:40 PM
Country Mouse
RE: Thanks again
Hi Jim,
You're welcome. I went to Old Burying Ground in Berlin, today. I took a lot of photos. I found some "new" people too, so it will take me a while to add them all to Find A Grave.
I found two Horton/Houghton graves and put their photos on their pages, Patience F. and Levi.
(they are very hard to read, but on Levi's you can just make out his entire name) The marriage record lists him has Levi Houghton and she as Patience Harlow. I figured you may want to change her page since it reads "Horton". I had to add Levi as a new grave. He had many siblings, maybe 11, that I did not list, yet. There were two more but they only included the father's name, so I need to look up the parents' marriage date to confirm.
Levi remarried to Lucy Ann Conant. I can't figure out how to add her to his page as a spouse without removing Patience.

I found Dexter Fay and will put his photo up.

Your Silas + Susannah Horton, I believe they are the Houghton's already listed with photos. My photos but another person's memorial.
As for Cora Andrews, her death record, at first lists her in another cemetery in Berlin, G.R. 2 but then says she is buried at O[ld] C[em]. I can't find her in Old Burying so I will go to the other cemetery on Pleasant St. and see if she is there.
I would like to work on photographing other cemeteries, close to me, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster. I prefer the older, smaller cemeteries that aren't out in the boonies. I would like to finish Old Burying first if that works for you.
I figure, I hope, I have at least another month before any snow may fall.
The shadows can be difficult to work around this time of year but there are no leaves on the trees, so that's a plus. Late spring, early summer may be ideal as far as less shadows due to a higher sun. Oh well, any bad photos can always be retaken when the conditions are better.
Keep checking your memorials as I will be adding photos all week. Thanks, Gail
Added by Country Mouse on Nov 16, 2015 3:04 PM
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