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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I have been an avid Genealogist for more than 20 years. I am a native of Western Massachusetts and currently still reside here in the Westfield area.

Please read below if you have been searching for an individual on Find-A-Grave and located a memorial I created for (or have been transferred management for) him/her. I am very active here (28 Mar. 2015) and as such am quickly responsive to all edits/transfer requests. Feel free to make any edits/suggestions you wish, all are most welcome! I will always try my hardest to help you in any way that I am able. There is no need for negativity or rudeness without first contacting me either here or privately by email. I am not here to "collect" memorials or "keep" them under my own management when approached by a relative or other interested party. In truth I wish the counts listed in the upper right corner of a bio page were not visible as they often serve to promote misconceptions in terms of a volunteers motivation here.

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.

One quick point I (reluctantly) need to make as it has become a more common issue for the entire FAG volunteer community in recent months:

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 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"

(*read that last sentence again to see just how strange it is that someone would feel that way to begin with).


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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Ramsdell/Hanover Center
Many thanks for taking and adding gravesite photos for Joseph Ramsdell,Ens Joseph Ramsdell and other family members at Hanover Center Cemetery.
Also,did you happen to see the marker for Thomas Ramsdell at that cemetery?


Added by Treeclimber on Apr 25, 2015 9:00 AM
A big thanks for your photography work.
Added by Noreen on Apr 24, 2015 9:39 PM
J Blue
Dwelley Headstone photos
Thank you for the headstone photos!
Added by J Blue on Apr 24, 2015 8:43 PM
Lois Palecek
Thank you so much!! Lois
Added by Lois Palecek on Apr 24, 2015 12:49 PM
Lois Palecek
memorial #125555807
Thank you for all you do and have done for Find A Grave!! Would it be ok if I used some of the tombstone photos that you have posted. I would like to put them with my info on The one listed above is just one of the ones I'd like to use. Thank you for your consideration of my request.
Added by Lois Palecek on Apr 24, 2015 11:31 AM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Sturbridge photos
Thank you very much!! Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Apr 24, 2015 11:20 AM
Gwen and Bob
Permission to use photos
Hello James,
I'm writing to ask permission to use your photos of the gravestones for Edward Foster and Rachel Foster, Old Burial Ground, Sturbridge, on my family tree, with attribution to you and to Find a Grave. Thank you very much for taking the photos and for your consideration. Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Apr 24, 2015 9:35 AM
Diane Coleman
Thank You
Dear James,

Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the graves of my ancestors Desire, Elisha and Temperance Stetson. Your time and effort are much appreciated. I live in Mississippi and can't get to Hanover in person.

Added by Diane Coleman on Apr 24, 2015 6:40 AM
RE: Sarah (Green) Adams
She was not in the copy of the 1900s transcription of the Old Burying Ground that I received from the Townsend Historical Society. Her memorial exists next to the Townsend Cemetery office in the oldest part of the Hillside Cemetery.
Her daughter, Sarah “Sally” (Phelps) Brooks and Sarah’s husband Samuel Brooks, Esq. are buried near her in the first section of Hillside Cemetery, Townsend, Mass. Samuel’s parents, Capt. Benjamin Brooks, Jr. and Elizabeth (Green) Brooks, are in the Old Burying Ground. Her daughter Mary “Polly” (Phelps) Dix and Polly’s husband Benjamin Dix are also buried in this section of Hillside Cemetery. Also in the same section are Captain Joseph Adams, son of Sarah’s 2nd husband Capt. Daniel Adams [Old Burying Ground] and Mehitable (Crosby) Adams [Old Burying Ground] along with Joseph’s wife Mary “Polly” (Brooks) Adams daughter of Capt. Benjamin Brooks, Jr. [Old Burying Ground] and Elizabeth (Green) Brooks [Old Burying Ground]. Elizabeth (Green) Brooks and Sarah (Green) (Phelps) Adams are sisters. Samuel Brooks, Esq. and Mary “Polly” (Brooks) Adams are siblings.
Added by townsendburial on Apr 24, 2015 5:46 AM
Elijah Wing marker photo
James, Many thanks for taking and posting the photo. I appreciate it very much. wynge1
Added by Hal on Apr 23, 2015 8:48 AM
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