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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am an avid genealogist from Western Massachusetts (Westfield/Montgomery Area)

I first joined Find-A-Grave in March of 2012, after having a monument placed of the grave of my biological grandfather Abolfazl , an Iranian exchange student studying engineering at Brigham Young University. A friend told me about this website and encouraged me to join and I did, adding just two memorials for my grandfather and Great-Great Grandmother Lucy Mercier, both who had very tragic lives and who I felt a deep connection to.

There are two "schools" of thought on Find-A-Grave, both have admirable and commendable goals.

One 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 other 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.

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. In this past year I have taken close to 200,000 photos and to date uploaded over 100,000. 14 months ago I had to my credit just 12 photos, despite having been a member over a year at that point.

I am very quick to respond to all edits and make valid biographical changes/links. Usually within an hour and always within 1 day. I will never go inactive, and I will never ignore an email or edit request. I will not link to a "Burial Unknown" memorial as their existence on Find-A-Grave defeats the site objective entirely.

I will try to help anyone who asks. Genealogical research is one of my true passions in life. 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.


I will gladly transfer recent (post c. 1950) memorials to anyone with an interest in developing them further, preferably a relative or friend/acquaintance.

I will not transfer a memorial out of Find-A-Grave guidelines, which reads:

Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Only request transferring of management if you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree.

Second, Transfer requests will be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I actively photograph and develop the memorials I have created here, roughly 20 a day. I travel all over New England to find and photograph markers/headstones/monuments. Explain to me how a memorial would be better served under management of someone who leaves it bare of accurate and detailed information, and is merely "collecting relatives". I want to work with the Find-A-Grave community to make every memorial I manage a detailed and enlightening tribute to the life of the subject, and and (most importantly) link to other family members who have been memorialized.

If you try and bully me by sending rude messages or posting negative comments on my wall you will be reported to Admin. This is happening much more frequently.

*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. This is Find-A-Grave and as such the first memorial created in the correct cemetery is the permanent memorial. Many people use this website like a genealogy program and add entire books or surnames as Burial Unknown memorials, moving them as graves are located.

I also copy/paste into Excel a complete list of all memorials in cemeteries I have spent a great deal of time working with once I have completed uploading my photos. This way it is easy to determine if an identical memorial was "moved" into the cemetery from elsewhere, or an existing memorial in the cemetery altered to match another.

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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George Harger
Blandford Cemetery Mergers
Got a message from Ancestry and it appears transfer of the memorials will not be granted. I have asked for official inactivity status for her, so that processing may occur more quickly. Thanks for the suggestion.
Added by George Harger on Dec 25, 2014 12:30 PM
Marva Ruhmann
Esther Marshall
Thank you so much for the photo of Esther Marshall's headstone!
Added by Marva Ruhmann on Dec 25, 2014 11:34 AM
Rebecca Wright
RE: Miriam (Glazier) Alden - Stafford Springs
Hi Jim,

Thanks for the photo permission...I put through a link to her husband Samuel who is buried in Taberg, NY...he is buried near his daughter named Miriam that was from his second marriage to wife, Keziah Blodgett Alden. Thanks for all your work on this memorial! I will at some point have a small bio for her, I'll put it through the edit tab when it's ready, if that's okay?


Rebecca #47388083
Added by Rebecca Wright on Dec 25, 2014 8:19 AM
RE: Marble Family - Sutton


I had looked for their memorial while in Sutton, but I didn't get all the way through the cemeteries at the time because of the weather. I appreciate the update and accepted your edits!

Added by Cathee58 on Dec 23, 2014 6:07 PM
Patricia Price Flemming
Daniel Dike
Thank you for the Photo
Added by Patricia Price Flemming on Dec 23, 2014 8:18 AM
Thomas Perkins
RE: Pine Grove Cemetery, Warren
You're welcome.
Added by Thomas Perkins on Dec 22, 2014 3:16 PM
Kerri W
Asa Wheeler
Thanks so much for the photo. I really appreciate it!
Added by Kerri W on Dec 21, 2014 8:02 AM
George Harger
RE: James Morton
I just requested Becky's memorials in Blandford Cemetery be transferred to me. Not sure if it will be granted. The other contributor is not inactive, rather just refuses to answer, edit or correct anything. Thanks for the suggestion.
Added by George Harger on Dec 20, 2014 9:46 PM
RE: Wheeler memorials Rutland
Wow - that was a quick response. Thanks. I'm not sure if there are any others. I believe that is the same document that Misty and Company used for most of the entries in Old Burial Ground in Rutland, and I think earlier this year I almost duplicated Rowland Wheeler and his wife Lydia when I uploaded from my photos in Goose Hill. When I realized I had her move the memorials to the correct cemetery.

My project this year has been trying to get the cemeteries in Rutland 100% (or as close as possible) photographed. I got Rural to 98% over the summer and I'm still adding memorials from my photos, I think there may be more memorials to add when I get back to Goose Hill, and Old Burial will never be even close to 100% - the graves are just too old and so many broken stones and I'm sure lots are just gone.

Happy Holidays!

Added by kdkb on Dec 20, 2014 9:26 PM
Rose Klix
John Rose 123096546
Thank you for the update to my ancestor's memorial.
Added by Rose Klix on Dec 20, 2014 7:48 PM
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