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James Bianco (#47745493)
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I am a genealogist from Western Massachusetts who works primarily with cemeteries which do not readily have transcripts available. It is my goal to find and interlink these "lost souls" and develop the memorials to celebrate the lives of the departed. So many memorials are created on Find A Grave and left without any details other than perhaps what is on the headstone.

This website is an amazing tool for the genealogist and it's exposure to the general public is immense. Although it was started as a final disposition registry website, Find A Grave has become so much more and is without question one of the most useful free databases online.

I have photographed over 200,000 headstones/monuments & markers since September of 2013, just a year ago. I actively update, develop and interlink the memorials I have created on a daily basis. 90% are local to my area and a majority of those are pre-1900 burials.

I will try to help anyone who asks. I have been a dedicated genealogist for over 25 years. One of my true passions in life since my earliest years. 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.

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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carol smith
Sgt. Philip Hyde
Thank you,thank you.I have searching for him and others that signed up from West Spfld.
Added by carol smith on Oct 01, 2014 11:25 AM
Brenda W
RE: Elsie Magnin
Thank you. I will try that later when I have more information (i.e. find what I have). This is hard work and I appreciate all who do it.
Added by Brenda W on Sep 30, 2014 5:41 PM
Michelle Wood
Pine Grove Cemetery - Spencer MA
I see you created a memorial for Edward Hall, memorial #134895304. You have included a photo of the headstone and I am trying to decipher the inscription below the date of birth and am unable to do so. Do you happen to know what it says? I believe it his age at time of death but am not sure.
Added by Michelle Wood on Sep 30, 2014 11:16 AM
Clark and Frary
Thanks for your very quick acceptance of my edit suggestions!
Added by psc on Sep 30, 2014 10:51 AM
Daniel Tepfer
Thanks for your help
I would like to thank you for your help in my research of the MacMonegle/McMonegle family of South Hadley. You have added a few more dates to my tree. And because of a correction to a date for my 2 times great grandfather, helped find a death certificate and with it the names of my 3 times great grandparents McMonegle.
After reading your bio, I was wondering if you ever run across any Mulvenas. That was my grandmother's maiden name. Her father was James Joseph Mulvena.
Thanks again for your help,
Dan Tepfer
Added by Daniel Tepfer on Sep 29, 2014 9:02 PM
Daniel Tepfer
Thanks for your help
Added by Daniel Tepfer on Sep 29, 2014 8:50 PM
Art Ottman
Grave Anne Munden Stebbins
You show Anne Munden Stebbins body was moved to the cemetery in Springfield in 1828. Do you know where the body was moved from and why? Is there a grave there in Springfield Cemetery for her. If so why is there no photo of it. Does the cemetery in fact have documents about her and that she was the wife of John Stebbins born in England in 1626.Can anyone get info. or documentation of the grave there.I would really like to find out more info. abut her. I am a direct descendant of the Stebbins. I move to New Hampshire not long ago. So I am fairly close and could go there if need. Can you please let me know about this grave. Thank you for your time with this matter.

Mrs. Ottman
Added by Art Ottman on Sep 28, 2014 10:03 PM
Cheryl Dooley
Benjamin & Frances White photo
Thank you so much for this photo. It is part of my husband's extended family and I can now share it with other relatives. It will mean a lot.
Added by Cheryl Dooley on Sep 28, 2014 8:33 AM
George "Buddy" Hartmann
RE: Wales
So what do we do now that I have uploaded a bunch of them last week....
Sure don't want to end up with duplicates like I have seen in other cemeteries....
Added by George "Buddy" Hartmann on Sep 28, 2014 4:21 AM
Donna (Strout) Sakaske
Obadiah Ward
Thanks so much for the photo of Obadiah's stone. I sincerely appreciate it.
Added by Donna (Strout) Sakaske on Sep 27, 2014 7:15 PM
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