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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I have been an avid Genealogist for more than 20 years, and am a native of Western Massachusetts. I have lived in the Springfield/Westfield area my entire life.

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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Thank you for the speedy updates to Martha JONES DeLand's memorial! Your work is appreciated!
Added by J.L. on May 24, 2015 1:36 PM
Bill Barnsley
Frank and Mabel Hodgdon
Thank you so much for this photo of their memorial!
Added by Bill Barnsley on May 24, 2015 9:57 AM
Lisa B
Thomas Richey - Rosedale
Hi James,

I added photos per your photo request for Thomas Richey. Please see the notes under each photo. The grave is a large cross (that appears to have always been lying down, as the inscription is at the base) but it has a very large bush growing over the top of the cross so it was hard to get a good perspective. The grave next to it is his wife, and has an inscription to that affect, let me know if you'd like me add that photo as well. PS, I will also be adding a few more graves from that family in the next few days.
Added by Lisa B on May 23, 2015 11:00 AM
George Harger
Twining Cemetery, Tolland, MA
You might find this of interest:
Added by George Harger on May 21, 2015 11:48 PM
George Harger
Clarke-Marshall Cemetery, Tolland, MA
Thank you for your recent photo shoot of Burr Hill Cemetery, AKA above. Seems odd nothing was previously set up for any of the graves. I just posted all the photos of Steadman Cemetery's 9 burials with permission of a previous photographer.

Was wondering if you had a layout of this small cemetery? I just created one for Twining Cemetery for them to post to their website and thought maybe there was something useful for Burr Hill?

I have been obsessed with Twining Cemetery for the last few years, and we just repaired 8 broken stones there.

Appears there are a few obscure graves in private locations around Tolland, and i will be asking if we can get permission to document and photo if they still exist.
Added by George Harger on May 21, 2015 11:44 PM
Aurorae Little U.E.
RE: Remus Barraclough
Thanks Jim, will forward that info to the one holding his file ;) Thx for your input/time
Added by Aurorae Little U.E. on May 21, 2015 11:07 PM
nancy robison
RE: Maro Cate
LOL, I kept looking for a marriage to Maro. Then realized "he" was Hattie's 2nd husband.
Thank you!
Added by nancy robison on May 21, 2015 4:28 PM
Aurorae Little U.E.
Remus Barraclough
Seems cemetery is LOST now that you had for him, deleted.. be nice to have it added to his file. I am merely working on Barraclough's and found the duplicate, was communicating to both of you to get the info updated :) Gracias.. I hate to see info lost...
Added by Aurorae Little U.E. on May 21, 2015 9:50 AM
Steven M
Elizabeth A. Reynolds (#121241737)
This seems to be the same person as Elizabeth A. Reynolds (#60968420). Maybe you could ask for a merger of the two memorials?
Added by Steven M on May 20, 2015 9:51 AM
Jeremiah and Josephine Wheeler
Thank you for this photo! This is great!

Take care,

Added by gcdavis4 on May 20, 2015 6:23 AM
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