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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a genealogist from Western Massachusetts

90% of the memorials I have created are local to my area or within driving distance.

If you find a memorial that I have created which lacks details or perhaps something is incorrect, I assure you it was either created quickly as a group or from a flawed transcript.

I will transfer a memorial dated post c. 1950 to anyone who wishes to develop it further.

If you come across a memorial from an earlier period which has not been developed (yet) send me a message and I will complete it. I assure you the result will be at least what you were hoping to see, most likely substantially more detailed.

You will always find me responsive and helpful, no matter how many edits you send.

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 hosts 220,000 original images and as many extractions for one of my ancestral villages in Sicily.

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).

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.

In July of last year (2013) I had created just 14 memorials and had uploaded less than 10 images.

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".

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Barbara Maitland
RE: Elizabeth Frost Barnes
Well, if I had waited I might have a better idea of what happened to elizabeth. I found a death date of 1840 for her via, but I have been told that their information is not always accurate. I live wwwwaaaayyyyyy out in Washington State and I am so jealous of you because you are "right there and can find things". ;) I told my husband I wanted to visit Massachusetts and he commented "that's a long car ride". Thank you for posting the tombstone pictures ... that's about as close as I can get to actually "seeing" his ancestors.
Added by Barbara Maitland on Jul 24, 2014 5:54 PM
Barbara Maitland
Elizabeth Frost Barnes
I just found your information regarding Elizabeth and the death of her daughter. Do you have any leads as to what happened to Elizabeth? My husband is related to the Barnes family.
Thank you,
Added by Barbara Maitland on Jul 24, 2014 4:52 PM
Richard Shedenhelm
Thanks for the photo! Best, Richard
Added by Richard Shedenhelm on Jul 24, 2014 9:53 AM
RE: Philip Lyle Gamble, Sr
Done. Thanks for your consideration.
Added by GravesScribe on Jul 23, 2014 9:57 AM
carol smith
Evergreen Cem.
Good Evening,I'm sorry that I have sent so many additions to you at the same time.I checked the Mass. Vital Records to try to find correct dates.Thank you for all your work!
Added by carol smith on Jul 22, 2014 4:29 PM
the moo
RE: Israel Sheldon, Southampton
So glad you've been able to identify them! It looks like you were there when the light was just right. Awesome!
Added by the moo on Jul 22, 2014 3:38 PM
J H Abbott
Hiram Denio
Got an answer to my email:


Yes, I found him! He is in Plot #9, which is the old section. If your cousin can stop in the office between 8-4 Mon-Fri, I can provide him a map to his location or I can have one of the guys bring him there directly.

Paula Mereness
Office Manager
Forest Hill Cemetery
Phone #: 315-735-2701
Fax #: 315-735-7746

Added by J H Abbott on Jul 22, 2014 2:52 PM
Don DeWitt
Witt changes completed
Thanks again for your efforts

Added by Don DeWitt on Jul 21, 2014 10:34 PM
Carolyn Russell
Thank you so much for the photos of Peter and Achsa Crosier Aldrich's tombstone and for your work on
Added by Carolyn Russell on Jul 21, 2014 6:37 PM
Jan D
Israel Parsons - Hill Burying Ground, Hatfield
Your commentary about Israel is very interesting. The photo very clearly shows that it is Israel, yet the 1899 transcriptions by the Hatfield Historical Club read "Sacred to the Memory of Samuel Parsons who died Dec 10 1808, age 40. Also Sarah Parsons aged 18 years." If I hadn't seen the photo, I'd have thought you were mistaken, but clearly you are not. Thanks for posting this photo. (I'm working with the Cemetery Commission to map the Hill Burying Ground.) Jan
Added by Jan D on Jul 21, 2014 2:09 PM
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