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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.

I will try to 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.


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 most often transfer memorials out of guidelines to relatives, especially if the memorial is for a more recent passing (after roughly the year 1900). I am hesitant to transfer 17th and 18th century memorials to individuals who are not genealogists or people I know and trust will stay active on FindAGrave. Keep in mind that many of these people have thousands of descendants and are very important to many. I will remain active here as long as I am able to get to a computer as genealogy is my love and passion.

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

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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Michael Elaine Salisbury
Selma Wiley #154630480
I've left an edit that differs from her gravestone because both her Swedish Birth Certificate and her SS Death Record have her BD listed as 29 Sept 1891.
Added by Michael Elaine Salisbury on Oct 13, 2017 11:12 PM
Lynda Puakea
Jonathan Whitney & Miss Tryphena Witherell
Good morning, James,

I see that you have posted a photograph on Jonathan's memorial page... he was the husband of my 7th great aunt, Rebecca Dunton. I am curious about the small headstone leaning up against his... for Miss Tryphena Witherell with the date 1803. Jonathan & Rebecca had a daughter, Tryphena, who married Abel Witherell in 1770. She was 17 at her marriage which would put her at 50 years in 1803. I was thinking that this 1803 Tryphena might be a daughter of Tryphena & Abel and so the granddaughter of Jonathan, but age 50? Might be a tad old for child bearing. Jonathan's memorial # is 141871549. If you could shed any light on who this 1803 Tryphena might be I would be most appreciative. Tryphena Whitney Witherell's memorial # is 143003803. Thanks very much...

Lynda Puakea
Added by Lynda Puakea on Oct 12, 2017 2:40 PM
Ray Malenfant
Message Sent on Sarah (Kellogg) Moody
My apologies. I do NOT have support for the DOD I stated. The History of Hadley shows June _, 1782. I have no excuses! Ray
Added by Ray Malenfant on Oct 12, 2017 9:49 AM
Ginger Wright
Memorial# 132088204
I have them in my family tree, due their son is married to my second cousin, this is for the parents of Gardner, I looked on tomb stone and it states they died at the age of 84 old this for both, then the birthday should read as for Daniel he would of been born 1754 and his wife 1756, so I have to fix mine also, just letting you know.
Added by Ginger Wright on Oct 11, 2017 5:48 AM
Kenneth D. Tyler
Orin and Sarah (Hall) Stevens
James -- I wonder if you would be willing to transfer these two memorials (#137350034 and 137015957) to me? Their daughter Aurelia (Stevens) Tyler was the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle George W. Tyler, also buried in the West Stockbridge Cemetery. Thank you for your work. Ken Tyler, Oostburg WI
Added by Kenneth D. Tyler on Oct 10, 2017 6:27 AM
Jane Muir Sellery
Hiram McLain, Memorial# 178945630
Dear James,

Thank you for adding the photo of Hiram McLain's gravestone. I have been working on documenting the burials at Salisbury Cemetery, and it is a huge task. Send me a message here on Find A Grave if you are interested in collaborating on this cemetery.


Added by Jane Muir Sellery on Oct 07, 2017 3:29 PM
Ginger Wright
Memorial# 126650661
I have this person in my family tree, and I also use this program call Legacy 8 and according to that his name should be William Bainbridge Winslow
Added by Ginger Wright on Oct 03, 2017 7:26 AM
RE: Oak Hill vrs North Bellingham Cem.
Thank you for letting me know, I will keep an eye out for them when I can.

Added by Trisha on Sep 26, 2017 7:48 AM
RE: Baldwin, Leicester, MA.
Jim, thank you for the prompt response. I appreciate the quick fix. I'm sure you are like I am in not wanting to be a part of the quick spread of faulty information on the Internet. It's hard to avoid so I appreciate your willingness to correct the entries in question. I wish you well.
Added by Dick on Sep 25, 2017 9:37 PM
M. Erving Sprague
Note: I believe M. Erving Sprague (Myron Erving Sprague) is the son of Myron Watson Sprague and Alice Elsie Comins. He is not the son of Ruth Watson Sprague. Ruth would have been 73 when Myron was born. This effect several entries including thos of Erving Sprague, Ruth Watson Bryant, Jennie Eliza Sprague, and Walter Ewing Sprague.

Richard E. Weber
Added by Dick on Sep 25, 2017 1:47 PM
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