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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 3 years, 4 months, 28 days
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Bio Photo I am a native and resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield).

Sadly some of my fellow contributors disable their Bio walls, leave no email address with which to be reached and very often have condescending, rude or insulting remarks on their bio page toward newer members, lecturing on the guidelines outlined by Find-A-Grave. Some will say that this is a burial registration website (which is of course correct) and if you wish to detail the bio area of a memorial further, perhaps you should try a genealogical website such as While they may dismiss your efforts and not respond to/delete your messages I will not. As long as you are polite and respectful I will do all I can to work with you in order for a particular memorial to achieve the level of completion befitting the person it exists to honor.

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), created from photographs I have taken in person, or from locally obtained transcripts. 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 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 90,000 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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Lorraine Esther Hamann Chandler
RE: Abel Alden
I was just trying to help someone out. They can figure it out. Thanks for your reply.
Added by Lorraine Esther Hamann C... on Aug 02, 2015 10:42 PM
Lorraine Esther Hamann Chandler
Abel Alden
This is just a message...a relative wrote me asking if I could change a relationship.. she said the this memorial has Abel Arden married to his mother???? I hope you might straighten this out?

Lorraine Hamann Chandler
Added by Lorraine Esther Hamann C... on Aug 02, 2015 2:16 PM
Rita Demos
Westfield/Mechanic Cemetery
Jim, thanks for thinking of me regarding any gravesites which I might need.
Also, agree with you on members who contribute,
but are not available per their bio.
Added by Rita Demos on Aug 01, 2015 3:28 PM
Carol McCloud
RE: Elizabeth Hamilton - 127110748
Thanks, Jim.

Added by Carol McCloud on Jul 31, 2015 1:57 PM
Carolyn Troupe Stoll
RE: Tourtellot
Thank you for the reply, Can you let me know
when you have the photos taken. I am related to them and can't decide to ask for transfer or just
do the edits for you to add.
Added by Carolyn Troupe Stoll on Jul 31, 2015 8:23 AM
Dave "Tuck" Tucker
RE: John & Rena (Blanchard) Stone

I really appreciate it so much. I was shocked that no one in their family remembered their place of burial. I checked obituaries and came up empty.

Thanks again!

Take care....Dave

Added by Dave "Tuck" Tucker on Jul 31, 2015 7:16 AM
Carolyn Troupe Stoll
Memorials 143189867 and the others of this spelling
you did. Do you have photos of their grave stones
to add yet? They are my 2nd cousins 5xrem. I just found you have done his family. My mother was a Tourtellot.
Carolyn 47697510
Added by Carolyn Troupe Stoll on Jul 30, 2015 9:00 PM
Inherit the Wind
Sarah Bowen (Find A Grave Memorial #131595358)
Please consider adding place of death as Hinsdale, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA. On April 5, 1930, the U.S. Federal Census reported that Miss Bowen was a boarder in the home of Charles H. and Carrie M Buchanan of Hinsdale. Unfortunately all the excitement appears to have proved too much for her. Miss Bowen died on April 6, 1930, the day after the census was taken and two days before her 87th birthday.

Thanks so much!
Added by Inherit the Wind on Jul 26, 2015 9:29 AM
Spirit Baker
RE: Swansea memorials
Thank you for thinking of me and the memorials James. I would only have interest in Sherman's and my 2 cousins sure would also appreciate me handling them. My other cousin passed away unexpectedly nearly 3 years ago bef she could get back to Massachusetts and search for more stones and photo them and I just recently left the state and our other 2 cousins now live in Texas.
Added by Spirit Baker on Jul 25, 2015 3:23 PM
Spirit Baker
RE: Samuel Luther - Mount Hope, Swansea
Hello James,
I was just telling Arthur who has been adding many photos what a great job you have been doing keeping up with me and I thank you greatly.
Sherman is in my lineage and I was just adding info for Luther since they were there.
And thank you for adding my name, much appreciated.
Added by Spirit Baker on Jul 25, 2015 11:00 AM
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