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

Great Barrington Cemeteries

Recently I obtained copies of several Great Barrington Cemetery inventories. They are much better than a transcript and published privately by The Great Barrington Historical Society in several volumes housed at The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. These books include every person known to be interred, many of whom never had, or no longer have a headstone/monument. If there is an individual of interest please email me and I will send you a copy of the page where the person's name appears. The books utilize both the early DAR transcripts and a more recent (Post 1990) physical inventory and additionally include death record notations current at the time of publication. These cemeteries will be at least 90% complete when finished. Both Mahaiwe & Water Street Cemeteries are now complete. I will be completely photographing the memorials I have created soon, and as well those which have not yet been photographed in Great Barrington.

I will try to help anyone who asks. I have been an avid genealogist for over 25 years. 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.

Transfers will typically follow FAG guidelines (exceptions are made in certain situations) and before I make a transfer I will fully develop the memorial as a few I have recently transferred have not been touched or developed and at least this way the important data will be there and you can re-write or add what you like.
*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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Donna Hasbrouck
Amos Smith -

Many thanks for fulfilling my photo request. Your time, energy and kindness are greatly appreciated.

Added by Donna Hasbrouck on Oct 23, 2014 10:12 AM
m. green
Rich family headstones
Thank you so much for those photos! Did you happen to record the inscriptions? They are rather hard to read off the photos.. At any rate, thanks again!!
Added by m. green on Oct 22, 2014 1:23 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
Fitches and Landons
James, Thanks so very much for the wonderful photos you just uploaded! Would it be all right if I added then to my family tree giving you full credit?
Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Oct 21, 2014 4:16 PM
RE: Waters, South Hadley Falls
Did you set up a memorial for her? Or where shall I send the photo?
Added by Vicha on Oct 21, 2014 3:57 PM
Peregrine Waters
In searching for Peregrine Waters and Sarah Waters, there was also an Oraville Waters Dau. of Peregrine Waters, B: 1941 D: 1921 buried in the same area. I took a photo but don't know if you're interested. Let me know.
Added by Vicha on Oct 21, 2014 3:03 PM
As usual, you're so very quick to respond to edits. Thanks!
Added by psc on Oct 19, 2014 7:00 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
RE: Sophronia Landon
I wanted to post some photo requests for some of the other Fitches and Landons but I apparently used up all of my requests for the week. If you happen to get a chance to obtain additional photos that would be wonderful.
Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Oct 19, 2014 2:53 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
RE: Sophronia Landon
Thank you so very much! BTW you just today also added her parents memorials. They are in the same cemetery. William Fitch and Laura (Reed) Fitch.. :)
Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Oct 19, 2014 12:12 PM
Janice Tirrell
Anna Langdon
James, I know what you mean about confusing the '3' and the '5' on Anna's gravestone. It does look like a '3', but one can hardly argue with town records, especially since both the ones available say it's a '5'. Thank you for making the change.
Added by Janice Tirrell on Oct 18, 2014 8:04 PM
Diane Altman
Pine Grove Cemetery
I was at Pine Grove Cemetery searching for Robert and Jannet Blair's grave marker a couple years ago. Due to car trouble, we were unable to spend much time at the cemetery and couldn't locate the marker. I was pretty sure it was there because Jannet's parents were buried there, Dugall and Grisell McComb. If you could give me a location of the grave in the ancestor's section, I would be greatful. I'm planning another trip to Western Mass next summer. The memorial # 126471595 Thanks again you have made my day, Diane
Added by Diane Altman on Oct 17, 2014 10:07 PM
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