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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 4 years, 5 months, 23 days
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Bio Photo I am a genealogist and native/resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). My earliest ancestor arrived here in 1639 (Rowland Stebbins). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available trans. and add memorials from my photos.

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). 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 of 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 120,000 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 trans. 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 trans.

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. I will need to verify any newly created memorial I am asked to link to before approving the edit.

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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H. Jane Porter #61530079
The wrong picture is posted to her memorial. The photo on #124784972 Minnie C. Bogardus (Porter) is the photo that should be on her memorial - Minnie is her daughter.
Added by Researcher on Aug 26, 2016 1:36 PM
Country Mouse
RE: Holliston
Hi James,
I was just going through my photos for Holliston's Central cemetery and noticed a duplicate memorial. Reuben Eames Fisk is where I posted my photos, but I noticed your Reuben Fiske, same dates etc.
I sent an edit to add an "E" to the other Reuben's surname.
Sincerely, Gail
Added by Country Mouse on Aug 25, 2016 8:27 PM
bill preston
Annie P. Phillips Upham #134786994
James: Thank you for updating her memorial. Also, I submitted her obituary thru the "edit" tab. If you did not receive it, please advise and I will resubmit as you direct. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 25, 2016 6:27 AM
Frederick D
Hello Cousin

Thanks for the Information you have posted. I am the 4 greatgrand son of Aaron DeNio and have tracked family back to Jacque’s parents in France. We spent a day in Old Deerfield last year and found it great to see where and How my kin lived. My chain is off Joseph DeNio and Hannah Severance.

Frederick DeNio
Added by Frederick D on Aug 22, 2016 4:49 PM
Joni Ottman
Ann Stebbins
Hello, I see you add a stone grave photo for Ann Stebbins # 119321328 memorial. Is this the headstone for Ann graves. I don't see any markings on the stone. Thanks for time.

Joni Ottman
Added by Joni Ottman on Aug 22, 2016 1:42 PM
Perez Hall
Hey James!

Letting you know I discovered a grave for apparently the same Perez Hall as you did. Yours is #142875675. Mine is #168750250 (same town, different cemetery). I see the photo of the cemetery record you have on your version... I will soon visit that Hall Cemetery in the woods and see if there is actually a duplicate stone there. I'll let you know what I find.
Added by Erik on Aug 22, 2016 9:52 AM
RE: John W. & Sarah (Smith) Fadden
A belated reply, thanks for the transfer! Did you find any other Fadden's in the cemetery?
Added by mcjerry on Aug 20, 2016 7:25 PM
Rebecca Dodds
more Porters & Snells
Once again you've been kind enough to help me connect more of the Snell & Porter families. I (and they) thank you.
Added by Rebecca Dodds on Aug 16, 2016 5:00 PM
RE: Barnes
Thanks for the info, that makes sense.

I'll check with the family and see what record they have to show that is the burial location and forward it to you.
Added by MJ_MW on Aug 16, 2016 5:01 AM
Helen Currie
Thank You for contributing
Just wanted to say a Big Thankyou!
Abigail (nee Hudson) Stetson
The Grave Stone photo is large and easy to read and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in helping to connect the families of New England. She is my 9th Gr Grandmother. Cheers from BC.
Added by Helen Currie on Aug 15, 2016 7:43 PM
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