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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 3 years, 11 months, 7 days
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I am a native and resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available transcript and add memorials from my photos, when I do rarely add from transcript I have the cemetery slated to photograph.

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 97,000 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 transcript 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 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.

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 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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RE: Leon Brown Richardson
Thank you! I'm sure you have some wonderful karma and many blessings coming your way, and your volunteer work is much appreciated.
Added by pmff on Feb 12, 2016 12:45 PM
Many thanks for your service to FindAGrave!
Wow, just had to express my appreciation for all you've done on this site!

You've allowed me to find the resting place of my Great Uncle Leon Brown Richardson #142008431, and given me some details of his military service. I've submitted links to his parents, so now he will be linked with his little brother Spencer Fischer Richardson #138821685, who lost his life in The Great War.

My family and I are so grateful to find this information here. I love knowing that he is being remembered and honored, and that future generations will have this resource, too.


Added by pmff on Feb 11, 2016 10:08 PM
Sandy Cheney
Thank you!
Dear James,

I am not new to doing family history research, but I am relatively new to Find A Grave. I was hoping to find my Mom's father's grave in Athol, Ma. You made it possible to find him! I have an old black and white photo of his marker in Silver Lake Cemetery, and you have a recent one on your page for him.

Thank you so much for your work.

His name is Sgt. Charles Harrod.

I hope to make more time to actually contribute to Find A Grave this year.

Sandy Cheney
Added by Sandy Cheney on Feb 10, 2016 7:40 AM
Pl Wilke
Lemuel Martindale123883080
Hi James,
Lemuel is my 5 times great uncle. If he is not related to you, is it possible to transfer to me along with all his siblings? Looks like you have done a tremendous amount of work on the Martindale's as well as many other families.

Thank you
Pat Martindale Wilke
Added by Pl Wilke on Feb 07, 2016 3:17 PM
Thanks Jim,
I did get a chance to see your entry and will check out Calvary after the snow is gone. MO
Added by MO La on Feb 05, 2016 9:45 PM
Michael Stephens
J-B Menard
How did you find the death date fro Jean Baptiste Menard (1699-1782) Find A Grave #155533302?
Added by Michael Stephens on Feb 03, 2016 2:19 PM
ray mansfield
RE: Harry Nash #124401917

Thank you for that and for all the great work you do here.

Ray and Paula
Added by ray mansfield on Feb 02, 2016 5:52 AM
ray mansfield
Harry F. Nash #124401917
Hello James

I am requesting your permission to use the photo of Harry F Nash in our ancestry tree.
Of course we will credit you as the photographer.

Thank you

Ray and Paula
Added by ray mansfield on Feb 01, 2016 2:24 PM
Eunice L Harris marker no. 125223768
James- I would like your permission to use the photograph of the Eunice Harris marker in my personal genealogy program. If I would ever publish, you would receive photographic credit.
You have taken numerous photographs of Taylor markers and many other families in my husband's line. Would it be possible to receive your permission to use those photographs in my genealogy program as well?
Thank you for taking the pictures and creating the memorial pages.
Anita Reid
Eau Claire, WI
Added by Neetz on Jan 31, 2016 11:17 AM
Thank you James for your dedication to Find A Grave and for making the additions to the Sanford family memorials! Suzanne
Added by smhansen on Jan 29, 2016 10:14 AM
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