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James Bianco (#47745493)
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Bio Photo I am a native and resident of Western MA. (Springfield / Westfield). I primarily photograph cemeteries without a readily available transcript and add memorials from my photos, when I do rarely add from transcript I have the cemetery slated to photograph.

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 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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Lewis Clark
Arthur P. Curtis
Thanks once again for your help!
Added by Lewis Clark on Oct 07, 2015 9:43 AM
Anna Reed Warren #142580720
Thank you for linking Anna to her husband John. We appreciate it.
Added by Sherman-Thomas on Oct 07, 2015 8:57 AM
Mary S.
RE: Achsah (Wing) White
I can't claim all the credit. My online genealogy friends came up with the best lead and I just followed it. Not at all what I expected to find! :-) I wonder if they were Mormon or just traveled with them? We'll probably never know.

Thanks for the kind words. It was nice to visit the cemetery. It's kind of charming. It's been described in an article as being in sad shape and much vandalized. I didn't find it so - I think it was ignorance on the writer's part. All the damage I saw - including Alden's broken stone, and the others - is easily attributable to age and weather.

I was surprised to find the very new marker though. I'm not sure if the husband is actually buried there. Judging from the photo on his other memorial (at the Veteran's cemetery), he was cremated. So maybe some there and some here? At any rate, there is a marker for husband and wife. I thought it was nice that someone was buried there so recently.
Added by Mary S. on Oct 07, 2015 8:13 AM
Lewis Clark
Frederick & Jennie (Curtis) Pratt
Many thanks for your help with these memorials of family members. My best wishes to you for your continued success.
Added by Lewis Clark on Oct 06, 2015 12:48 PM
Jackie Rogers
Frankie West
Frankie was Francis H. West in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census. He was 5 months old. He was dead by the 1860 census. His parents were Stephen O. West and Rachel Fuller Pond West who also buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, at East Brookfield, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.

I am very distinctly related through my husband family.

Jackie Rogers,
Added by Jackie Rogers on Oct 06, 2015 10:27 AM
Lewis Clark
Jennie (Curtis) Pratt & husband
Hello James,
Would you be willing to transfer Aunt Jennie and her husband to me. They are at Rocklawn Cemetery in Marlborough. I manage most of the Curtis family members (my Mother was a Curtis).
Thank you for your consideration.
Added by Lewis Clark on Oct 06, 2015 6:44 AM
B. C. "Bud" Hopkins
Memorial #142888151 for Noah Merritt, Sr.
Hello James,

Thanks so very much for your efforts on Find A Grave. My wife and I just returned from a two week trip to New England which is a culmination of approximately 20 years of genealogical research. Among others, we visited Scituate and the Union Cemetery photographing the Merritt graves, etc. Your memorial #142888161 for Noah Merritt of course led us to this location where my wife’s 4th great grandparents Noah and Betsey Merritt were laid to rest, along with four of their six children, all of who died in infancy as you know.

They had two other children, both sons, who lived to adulthood. One was Obadiah (1794-1827) who died in Mississippi, and the other was Noah Merritt Jr. (1793-1839) who died in Louisiana. Noah Jr. is my wife’s 3rd great grandfather, and my wife’s mother’s maiden name is Merritt and my wife’s middle name is Merritt. So, this is rather dear to her.

If possible, would you consider transferring the memorial to me so that I can add the two other sons and also begin to link memorials on down to my wife’s mother’s memorial? We hope you can do this, and again we really appreciate all your efforts as this helped us greatly in preparing for our recent trip.

“Betsey” is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger William Brewster, and I am currently in the process of preparing her submission for membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Thanking you in advance,

B. C. “Bud” Hopkins
Member #47316045
Added by B. C. "Bud" Hopkins on Oct 05, 2015 7:09 PM
Mary S.
RE: Northbridge Cemeteries
I meant to ask - since you didn't give source info on the photo you posted to the Plummer St. memorials - what is the book that contains these transcripts? I would love to have access to the transcripts for the 10 Northbridge cemeteries, and also would like to know when the survey was taken, by whom, etc. There are original records missing from some of the cemeteries in town (such as the earliest St. Pat's records, which were never transferred to the Worcester Diocese), and these transcripts would go a long way to corroborating information received in other ways. But I don't know what book I'm looking for! :-) TIA!
Added by Mary S. on Oct 04, 2015 6:17 PM
Joanne Morehouse
Lost Photo
Hi James,
It looks like one of your photos got randomized to an incorrect memorial. This glitch has happened to me, too. Please remove it. Thanks. Joanne
Added by Joanne Morehouse on Oct 04, 2015 5:44 PM
jasmine carter
Lois skinner request
Thank you!
Added by jasmine carter on Oct 04, 2015 9:41 AM
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