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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a genealogist from Western Massachusetts who has worked very hard to find/photograph & "memorialize" thousands of locally interred individuals where either the cemetery has no transcript, or one is not readily available.
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The majority of the memorials I have created are local to my area, and in older non-denominational cemeteries. Many of these cemeteries are very old, pre-dating The American Revolution and I have become quite adept at decifering worn and broken headstones, some having been nearly illegible for decades. Examples of my work can be viewed:

here here here and here .

I work hard to decifer every headstone I photograph, often coming home covered in dirt and mud or with a tick or two attached. I am out photographing daily (weather permitting) and usually spend 2-3 hours in a medium sized (1-2000 burial) cemetery, missing very few (if any) existing markers/headstones.
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Finding the lost is my chief motivation as a volunteer here. Find-A-Grave's exposure is immense both via Ancestry.com's search engine and most importantly, Google. I am not creating memorials in order to leave them empty of details and with perhaps just a photograph. I am utilizing this wonderful genealogical tool to develop and interlink. Let's face it, FAG may have started as a grave registration tool, but it has grown into so much more. So many of the transcripts people are entering here are now as easy to access via google & rootsweb as is Find-A-Grave itself.
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I try to keep a standard format in the bio section of the memorials I manage, so don't be surprised if I re-word something you may send via "suggest an edit". I also verify dates and relationships previous to accepting a change. I will not transfer outside of FAG guidelines as the last three memorials I did transfer have stayed exactly as I had created them. I am willing to work with you or independently research an individual that I have not yet developed if you send me a message or email.
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*Monson State Hospital*

If you believe you may have relatives who resided and possibly died while a patient in Monson State Hospital, please check my virtual cemetery (sidebar) for a list of some 200 burials from that institution in two Palmer Cemeteries (Center & Oak Knoll). It appears the interments began in Oak Knoll c. 1908 and later continued in the very front section of Old Palmer Center Cemetery. Some people may have been moved to the latter as I found several death records which list Oak Knoll as place of burial yet they are interred currently in Center Cemetery.
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About me

Genealogical research has been a passion of mine since my earliest years, at 12 I began keeping a ledger and interviewing relatives, often with a tape recorder. I have never stopped. I was there before anything was digitized or there even was an internet. Archives, libraries, cemeteries.. I spent vacations and skipped school to visit these regularly. I have researched the family of every person I have ever known for any length of time, peers/co workers.. and as a result have gained a great deal of experience and skill. When you are passionate about something, you become very good at it naturally.

I began working for the LDS Church at the age of 18 as a volunteer librarian in Bloomfield, Ct., assisting others utilize the old IGI and more importantly locating vital records of birth/marriage/death etc for their ancestors by ordering the mircrofilm/fiche from Salt Lake for the town of origin. Soon afterward I began teaching Italian Genealogy classes for those just starting work with Italian records. I also have extensive experience with the church parish registers from Québec, France, Italy, Spain and Poland. I read French, Italian, Spanish & Latin, and have extracted to database hundreds of thousands of original parish registers from those areas. My website www.cariniexchange.com hosts 220,000 original images and as many extractions for one of my ancestral villages in Sicily.

One of the many research projects I have taken on over the years involves my ancestor Anne-Helene Bardet of Québec, who has several noble (and two potentially Royal) lines and is a work in progress. I created a blog to detail my research and developments here:

http://annehelenebardet.blogspot.com/

While I do have a few early Massachusetts lines, I married at 22 to a woman who was half "Yankee" and I began working with the records of early New England. I documented, applied for, and enrolled both of my sons into the CAR before they were a year old, on the service record of Lieut. Daniel Pike . I have also assisted a dozen people in gaining membership into The Mayflower Society (which if any of you are familiar is a very difficult process).
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I found Find A Grave in 2012 after I had a monument placed on the grave of my biological grandfather Abolfazl Mofrad. In the beginning I only created memorials for close family and people that I knew who had passed away.

In late 2013 I began photographing cemeteries in my area (Western Massachusetts). As a genealogist I thoroughly enjoyed researching the lives and families of the people I was creating memorials for. My first major project was Russell Center Cemetery where the only memorials were recent, the oldest section had not been photographed. I obtained transcripts and methodically photographed/documented/interlinked everyone buried there. I have not stopped since.
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I will do whatever I can to help anyone who asks, politeness and respect will get you everywhere in my book. Please do not be rude, there is no need for that here. We are all volunteers and some of us work very hard to find and photograph the final resting place of many "lost souls".

Thank You
James
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