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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a native and resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield).

*Note: Currently I am processing submitted edits and adding bio details in the morning each day, as I have a number of outside projects taking up most of my afternoons and evenings. As the cooler weather approaches I will resume processing updates more frequently during the day.

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), created from photographs I have taken in person, or from locally obtained transcripts. 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 90,000 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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Janis Paulding Swanson
John and Urania Paulding
Hi Jim, Thanks for photographing the gravestones of John and Urania and creating the memorials. It is very much appreciated (as always!)as is all the work you do for Find A Grave. Take care, Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on Aug 30, 2015 2:34 PM
Tom Whalen
RE: Paul Madigan
OK, that makes sense. I will ask her to remove her memorial, and if she won't, then I'll contact the admins.

Best regards,
Added by Tom Whalen on Aug 29, 2015 5:28 PM
Jess E. Bromley
Great idea but how?
I'd like to do as you suggest, contacting Find A Grave by sending a copy of the note I sent to you and the other memorial managers but I don't see how to contact them. Their list of options and information is endless but I don't see a way to actually contact Find A Grave directly. Do you know how this is done?
Thank you very much
Jess Bromley
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Aug 29, 2015 11:24 AM
Jess E. Bromley
I'n not sure how to handle this
There is some information Iíd like to bring to you attention to see if some changes can be made
There are two Orrin Bromleyís and their wives are listed incorrectly
Orrin Bromley #131425998 was actually married to Mary A. Burdick #131426004

Orrin Bromley #47953040 was actually married to;
(First) Sarah W. Brown #1754458
(Second) Sarah P. Bowley #47953190

My family had a habit of using names over and over again and Iím sure this has caused this problem.
Iím not sure how to make these changes with the edit tab as I normally would as I think it would be
even harder to understand what Iím trying to relate here.
Iím sending this message to the memorial manages involved
Thank you very much
Jess Bromley
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Aug 28, 2015 10:23 AM
Miles H. & Margaret C Farris
I sent a SAC for burial plots.
The son Miles Edward Farris does not appear to be buried here. But perhaps the headstone has info.
Added by BobBoston on Aug 27, 2015 10:06 AM
Tim J.
Your Photo Requests for Rhode Island
Hello James,

I have printed out a listing of your RI photo requests. Although I am currently working on the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Pawtucket, I often venture out for photo requests, and would be happy to lend you a helping hand.

Take care,

Added by Tim J. on Aug 27, 2015 9:18 AM
Janet Muff
Adelia Mason
Photos are uploaded. Sorry the shot of the inscription is not as good as I'd like, but the stone and surrounding area are under trees and the sunlight was fragmented, even with the mirror.

Added by Janet Muff on Aug 26, 2015 6:14 PM
Patty Gerhart
John Ingalls
Hi James,

Thank you so much for photographying John's tombstone. I greatly appreciate it!

Patty Kratz Gerhart
Added by Patty Gerhart on Aug 26, 2015 3:17 PM
Janet Muff
Adelia Mason
We found the stone!

I went back to my database and looked up all Adelia's siblings to see if there was anyone else in her family buried at the Old Benson Cemetery. Her sister Mary (Ketcham) Needham was there with her husband and daughter. So, this morning, Fay and I went back to Benson and found the Needham monument, which I'd photographed before. Beside it was a stone, blackened from whatever horrid blight has struck the stones in Benson, and we kept our fingers crossed. It took almost half an hour for the sun to come out so that we could read the inscription, and it was Adelia, clear as day. I've no idea how Peggy Jenks missed the stone (perhaps it was down when she copied the cemetery) but it's in good shape now. However, just so you know, in case someone asks where the stone is located (because it's not in Peggy's book): it's beside the Needham monument in the southeast corner of the cemetery.

Added by Janet Muff on Aug 26, 2015 1:38 PM
Janet Muff
One last shot

Fay and I went to Glens Falls today and the Adelia L. Mason there is not the Adelia for whom we are looking but I photographed all the Mason stones there and will get them onto find-a-grave this evening if I can. (And her name isn't Adelia, it's Adela.)

Abel R. Mason is buried on the other side of the cemetery with his first wife and there is an open spot or an unmarked burial beside him, but no stone so there's no point in making any conjectures about a possible occupant.

I've got guests arriving tomorrow and we go home at the beginning of next week, but I'm hoping to make one more trip to Benson/Sudbuy/Hubbardton to get some photos I need.

I wish your friend knew where Adelia's grave was located but, as he copied the entire cemetery, it's unlikely that he'd know that. I'll keep my eyes open when I go, but if the town clerk didn't copy the stone in 1919, and Peggy didn't find it in the 1990's or whenever she copied the cemetery, then I guess it disappeared long ago.


Added by Janet Muff on Aug 24, 2015 3:49 PM
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