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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 will try to help anyone who asks. Genealogical research is one of my true passions in life. 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.

Transfers will typically follow FAG guidelines (exceptions are made in certain situations) and before I make a transfer I will fully develop the memorial as a few I have recently transferred have not been touched or developed and at least this way the important data will be there and you can re-write or add what you like.
*Please note, 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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Dana Henson Kotula
Umberto Ganino
Dear Mr. Bianco,

If it would not be too much trouble, do you have any pictures of the headstone of Umberto Ganino and do you know who any of his family members were? I had a great uncle named Albert Ganino, but I can't find any information about him at all, except for one mention in an old Census record. He would have been buried in Saint John/Hale Cemetery in Darien, Connecticut. Any help would be appreciated.


Dana Henson Kotula
Added by Dana Henson Kotula on Nov 24, 2014 1:28 AM
RE: Thank You
Thank you. That is great praise coming from someone who is working so diligently. I see your work all over western New England.
Michael Simonds
Added by msimonds on Nov 23, 2014 8:59 AM
Strong family
Thanks again for adding the info and linking the children to their parents.
Added by Sherman-Thomas on Nov 22, 2014 9:43 AM
Chris Owens
Alba and Thankful Houghton
I thought you might be interested to know that I just bought a pair of picture frames online from a California antiques dealer. (No pictures in the frames.) Written on the backs of the frames were the names Thankful Stebbins Houghton and Alba Houghton. I bought the frames for the photo I had of my great-great-grandmother, as I had a photo of my great-great-grandfather in an identical frame. My ancestors came from Easton, Massachusetts. It is interesting to think of the travels their pictures and frames, as well as those of the Houghtons, underwent over the last 150 years, starting out fairly close together in New England and now ending up in my house in Arizona.
Added by Chris Owens on Nov 21, 2014 7:29 PM
Samuel Sheldon and Mehitable Strong Sheldon
Thank you for adding the info and linking Mehitable to her parents. Appreciate everything you do.
Added by Sherman-Thomas on Nov 21, 2014 8:28 AM
Albert Arnold Sprague, IV
"You are truly what...."
You are one of several people who have been most helpful to me with your detailed FindAGrave entries. Just today, I found Thomas Stebbins (Find A Grave Memorial# 138869954) which you created only three days ago.

What you say of others, "You are truly what makes this website such an incredible genealogical tool," certainly applies to you.

Thank you,
Added by Albert Arnold Sprague, IV on Nov 20, 2014 2:29 PM
Richard Boutwell
RE: David Montague Beach
Any idea as to which middle name is correct for him?
Added by Richard Boutwell on Nov 19, 2014 5:02 PM
Doris Wyss
RE: Anna Ellsworth Hunt
Jim, thank you so much...I really appreciate it. Doris
Added by Doris Wyss on Nov 18, 2014 9:49 AM
Doris Wyss
Anna Ellsworth Hunt
James, thank you for posting the very fine t.s. photo for Anna. Find A Grave is a huge resource to many because of volunteers such yourself. I would like to ask your permission to post the photo on ancestry with photo credit to yourself. Please let me know if this would be okay with you. Thanks again, Doris
Added by Doris Wyss on Nov 17, 2014 4:39 PM
Sharon Howland
Hattie Brown
Thanks for the photo of Hattie Brown's stone. It is much appreciated.

Added by Sharon Howland on Nov 17, 2014 10:05 AM
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