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

I have (this past week March-2015) ceased creating new memorials and am now focusing on detailed bio development, which is what brought me to Find-A-Grave initially. Genealogical research has been a passion since my youth and while a day has not passed since joining the website that I did not work on the development of the memorials I have created, it was haphazard and somewhat random, often the result of an edit I received. So many memorials were created in long sessions from my photographs or from lengthy transcripts that it would have been impossible to fully develop each at the time of creation. I am now working cemetery by cemetery "filling in" full (when possible) dates from primary source materials and interlinking families.

Many of my early New England roots are in the Hampden/Hampshire/Franklin Co., Massachusetts area, Stebbins & Alexander being the most important of the families I descend from. My children (through their mother) have colonial ancestry from all over New England, the primary surnames being Blake, Corliss, Libby, Bennett, Curtis, Aldrich, Frost, Thomas, Drown, Chase, Underwood, Pike, Boyden, Merrill & Heard.

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.

**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 deciphering 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.

Please do ask (via edit) for transfers of family members. I will certainly transfer more recent memorials (individuals who have passed away after roughly the year 1900).

As far as memorials created for persons who died before roughly 1900 (and who do not fall within the FAG outlined family guidelines of 4 generations, in which case I will not hesitate) I will likely transfer those not related to my children or extended family after developing the memorial further and making the familial links. Too often early memorials are left vacant of detailed bios and merely "collected". We are given such an amazing tool here, the ability to develop and interlink, and enable a searcher to find a memorial easily. As you know the website exposure is immense.

Keep in mind that there is no valid change/addition that cannot be made through an edit or suggestion, and unlike many here, I will respond quickly and I will never shirk my management responsibility by going inactive or ignoring your message. The only reason any memorial I have created is currently bare or lacking detail is that I have not yet begun to work on the particular family or cemetery.

*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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RE: Fales
Thanks. Not related just run across a record then try to complete the connections when I can. Like the research. Love your photos.
Added by LMR on Mar 05, 2015 10:39 AM
Carli Drake
RE: Leon & Ruth Drake
If you would like to transfer, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Added by Carli Drake on Mar 02, 2015 2:30 PM
Francis C. Laiglon
RE: Richard H. Hastings
Additional information: Seaman first-class Richard H. Hastings was killed in action in the Pacific in 1943. His body was returned to the US for burial in 1948.
Added by Francis C. Laiglon on Mar 02, 2015 8:18 AM
Ken Saccocia
Smuel Alden
Hi Jim,
I am not sure what you have asked me to correct on this memorial playing with the original photo believe the death date on the stone is 11 not the 14 I had published. This would agree with the information you sent me. In any event I have made this change and added his middle initial. Thanks for the info.
Added by Ken Saccocia on Mar 01, 2015 3:04 PM
Peter McLaughlin
RE: Thomas Nixon
I noticed to contributed a photo to another of my old ancestors, Hepzibah Hapgood Goddard, if I remember right. I certainly do appreciate being able to find and view their graves. It really helps me to be able to link generations to document family lines.

I am going to check the memorials out. It isn't necessary for you to transfer them, but its up to you. If they are your ancestors we are related. It doesn't really matter, you have done a great job of maintaining and updating them, and even researching them.
Added by Peter McLaughlin on Mar 01, 2015 11:27 AM
Peter McLaughlin
Thomas Nixon Family of MA
Thanks for updating my ancestors, the Nixon bunch in MA. I am trying to get a friend/cousin to connect Otis Nixon to his father and brothers, and that will only leave Warren Nixons line to be attached. Again, thanks for creating, updating and maintaining these memorials!
Added by Peter McLaughlin on Feb 28, 2015 10:54 AM
Don Blauvelt
Elizabeth (Rollo) Lothrop-Pittsfield
Thanks James.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Feb 26, 2015 1:47 PM
June Cares
Pliny Church
Thank You for the photo of his headstone.
Added by June Cares on Feb 25, 2015 6:16 PM
karen jennings
George Henry Brobston
thank you for the family transfer. I have added some information and photo. will continue to add as i have time. thank you again for the family transfer.
Added by karen jennings on Feb 25, 2015 3:53 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
Abbie Simmons
Hi Jim, Great photo!! Thanks for taking another one and posting it and thanks for your photo offer. I may take you up on the spring. :) Thanks again, Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on Feb 25, 2015 3:47 PM
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