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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I am a genealogist and native/resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). My earliest ancestor arrived here in 1639 (Rowland Stebbins). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available trans. and add memorials from my photos.

The primary motivation for my work on Find A Grave is of a genealogical nature and as such I encourage valid edits and biographical details and will work with members any way I am able in order for the finished result to look something like this or this.

90% of the memorials I manage are local to my area (MA/CT/VT/NH/RI). If I do create a memorial in a distant state/cemetery it is most likely for an individual with familial ties to New England.

As you can see by the # of photos I have uploaded in a short period of time (Since Nov. 2013 when I began dedicating more time to FAG) I work very hard trying to discover the final resting place of local individuals. I intend to photograph every memorial I have created and I have taken close to 300,000 headstone photos since November of 2013 only 1/3 of which are currently uploaded. I work on this daily, and currently over 120,000 of the memorials I manage have headstone/marker photographs.

I will respond quickly to edits and suggestions in the interim and will even go take a photo if requested. If you are related to an individual I have created a memorial for (or manage) please send me a message, I am quite liberal with transfers to family members.

If any memorial I have created currently lacks details or a photo that is only temporary and indicates I have created it from trans. and is on schedule to be further developed/linked/photographed.

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 trans.

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.

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. I will need to verify any newly created memorial I am asked to link to before approving the edit.

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 memorial 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"

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
Added by Sharon on Sep 16, 2017 6:32 PM
Just submitted links for Sarah Curtis Jones
Linked her to husband Capt. William Jones and her parents. Also added birth info.

Regards Sharon
Added by Sharon on Sep 14, 2017 8:53 AM
Jo W.
Fred Harmon
Good afternoon! I have entered quite a bit of information for Fred Harmon, buried in Haydenville, including his birth and death info, as well as his parents and wife. Fred was my husband's grandfather, and he had many memories of his grandfather. If you would consider transferring him to my "collection," it would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Jo W.
Added by Jo W. on Sep 04, 2017 2:52 PM
RE: Maiden names of wives
Thanks for your input on the names, I appreciate it. It's unbelievable how many female bullies there are on Find a Grave - and each one is adamant that their point of view is correct. I wonder if they treat females that way more than they do males... It got really frustrating and I rarely set up new memorials anymore (with the exception of cemeteries that I've been photographing - like the recent Milano additions).

I do know that Québéc has forbidden wives to take their husband's last name and they must legally use their maiden name (for at least 25 years), but it was supposedly to give women the freedom from requiring them to take their husband's names.

I know in my family, my Québécois great-grandmother's all used their maiden names, unless they moved to the US and then they went by their husband's names.

I will probably start going back through mine and changing back to their maiden names, but it will take quite a while...

Thanks again,
Added by AW on Sep 04, 2017 10:34 AM
RE: John Rayment, Cemetery on the green
Thanks! Photos in that cemetery are dependent on sunlight. When the light is right, the inscriptions pop right through the lichen! It's always worth the wait!
Added by Chip5610 on Aug 28, 2017 7:49 PM
Judith Lee Howard Shea
Cutlers in Warren, MA
Hi, James, Because of your work in putting up memorials for the Cutler parents and a son in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Warren, MA (and maybe there are more Cutlers there) I was able to hook them up to one of my distant ancestors, Nathan Cutler, who was the twin brother of Reuben Cutler who stayed in Warren. Nathan Cutler went to Dartmouth and got a law degree and moved to Farmington, Maine, became a prominent figure in Maine, serving as governor for one year and being part of the legislature etc. But he was not hooked up to his family on Find-a-Grave! Now he has his parents and his brother.
If not for your work, there would have been no way to hook them up, so thanks again!!
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Aug 28, 2017 9:17 AM
J H Abbott
Hello Mr. Bianco
Recent interest in a memorial your created for a Danfred Livingston Knowlton (born 27 Aug 1873; Died 1917).
A contact from (and my tree) suggest that that gave is not indeed Danfred's as she says she has documents that prove the following:
Danfred Livingston Knowlton 1881–1973
BIRTH 10 APRIL 1881 • Belchertown, Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
DEATH 12 NOVEMBER 1973 • Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States of America
With no name on the marker (other than the parents) how do you know this is Danfred L Knowlton?
Something is amiss?
Thanks for what you do.
James Abbott
Added by J H Abbott on Aug 28, 2017 5:43 AM
Country Mouse
Isaac Whitney wife? Harvard Center Cem.
Hi James,
I was submitting better photos than ones I had previously added to some of your memorials in Harvard Center Cem. Harvard, MA.........
I have a question on Lucy Mead Whitney as a wife for the Isaac Whitney that died 1825. I have his wife as Susanna Fletcher, married 1785 and sent an edit.
Lucy Meads married an Isaac Whitney in 1774, the Isaac that died in 1825 was born in 1761, too young to be Lucy Meads husband.
Perhaps Lucy's husband is the Isaac that died in 1815?
Hope you had a nice summer.
Added by Country Mouse on Aug 25, 2017 10:07 PM
Barrie Wile
Fag 143182971
Fantastic, thanks for all you do.
Added by Barrie Wile on Aug 25, 2017 3:36 PM
Carol Sisson McLeod U.E.
RE: Alice Howarth
Thank you very much. I think it is a lovely photo.
Added by Carol Sisson McLeod U.E. on Aug 25, 2017 4:30 AM
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