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James Bianco (#47745493)
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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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Janis Paulding Swanson
Thanks Jim for the gravestone photo for Henry Howland at Hanover Center Cemetery. Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on Jul 27, 2016 1:10 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
Jim, Thanks so much for the gravestone photo for Luther Lapham at Hanover Center. Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on Jul 27, 2016 1:08 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
Hi Jim, Thank you for the gravestone photo for the Parkinson family at Hanover Center Cemetery. Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on Jul 27, 2016 12:59 PM
Cheryl Taylor
RE: Amber (Snow) Buck, West Stockbridge, MA.
Thank you so much Jim!
Added by Cheryl Taylor on Jul 26, 2016 5:16 PM
Rebecca Dodds
Sarah P., Phebe M. * Ebenezer S. Snell
Thanks James for making the connections between these folks and their parents Thomas & Tirzah.
Added by Rebecca Dodds on Jul 21, 2016 8:00 AM
Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Pine Grove Cemetery, Easton, Mass
James, Have you photographed Pine Grove cemetery by any chance? I'm looking for alot of missing Dunbar family members who died in Easton. You may contact me thru any Dunbar memorial. Thanks for your assistance. Richard
Added by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 on Jul 18, 2016 9:55 AM
dawn gagliano
thank you!!!
thank you for your hard work !! The nott , harrub , studley , dunbar , family members thank you !! ....I went to groveland cemetery in scituate , Ma, to see many family members from the maternal side , studley dunbar ......)and the paternal side is only the "Nott "surname ...i was unable to visit other cemeteries due to time .. your input is a great help ...
Added by dawn gagliano on Jul 13, 2016 1:21 PM
Adele Just
David Hitchcock
James, I went in to your two samples as to how you like memorials to look, and was quite amazed to see my 4gr-grandfather, David Hitchcock. I have often thought that he must have been an interesting man to know. Given a little time, I think I could add more data for his children and at least one line of descent through a daughter. -- Adele Just
Added by Adele Just on Jul 12, 2016 7:16 PM
Adele Just
Ruth Watson
James, someone has linked Ruth Watson to a Thomas and Elizabeth Baird couple at the Auburn Cemetery. There was confusion for some years while researchers for Thomas Baird born 1708 unknown (but probably Ulster) and Thomas Baird born 1708 Woburn, orphaned and raised by Thomas Carter.

Thomas Baird of Woburn 1708 married Susannah Walker of Mendon, and he later moved his family to Berkshire County. Ruth Watson is a descendant of this couple. Her record shows her Berkshire County cemetery, and I hope that she can be unlinked from the Auburn Cemetery where she does not belong.

I descend from Thomas Baird and Elizabeth (maiden unknown) who are buried at Auburn. Their farm was on land that was set off from Worcester to Leicester (about 1733), and then set off from Leicester to Auburn--all without moving an inch.

Over the past weekend I submitted some allowed changes for Thomas Baird, and also submitted the names of the children of Thomas and Elizabeth Baird who are buried at Auburn. I am not sure how all of this works, and hope that my correct information will show up, and that the real children of Thomas and Elizabeth Baird that I supplied will be added. I descend from their son, Daniel Baird, of Worcester, and his wife, Jane Smith, who were moved from the old Worcester Cemetery to the Rural Cemetery at Worcester.

Thanks for reading! -- Adele Just
Added by Adele Just on Jul 12, 2016 7:10 PM
Helen Farnsworth
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I did get the crew to change the spelling on Epaphro Seymour and have also added more information and photos to the grave site, so you might check it out.
Helen Farnsworth
Added by Helen Farnsworth on Jul 12, 2016 11:11 AM
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