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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 2 years, 9 months, 21 days
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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.

I have a very mixed ancestry: Persian, Turkish, Azeri, Armenian, Italian (from both mainland Italy & Sicily), French-Canadian, German, Polish, English (New England - Yankee) & Scottish. My earliest ancestor to arrive here was Rowland Stebbins in 1634 and my most recent was my grandfather Abolfazl, who came in 1947 at the age of 21.

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 (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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Sandra Boudrou
Your work here at FAG
Your passion for this work is greatly appreciated as I have many relatives in the Blandford area. I admire the example that you set for us and from personal experience know that you couldn't stop if you wanted to....
Added by Sandra Boudrou on Dec 27, 2014 9:42 AM
Blind Angel
Moses Gaylord
You took a beautiful photo of my great grandparents' grave! I can see that there was writing on the side not shown with their names (Moses 1815-1866 and Rebecca 1819-1883 Gaylord). Did you happen to photograph that? Or remember what the wording is? Thank you!
Added by Blind Angel on Dec 27, 2014 4:20 AM
RE: Muriel Plater Stone
Thanks, James. Let the weather dictate. I'm handling this family branch one at a time, but if you do go over to do photos, we would appreciate the others on the lot (Barbara Neary, William Neary and James Callahan).

Again, thanks.
Added by ASGS on Dec 26, 2014 6:39 PM
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
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