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James Bianco (#47745493)
 member for 5 years, 4 months, 19 days
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Bio Photo *Note - email edits were haphazardly going to spam for the past month (June-July,17) I have fixed this and am now going through them and making the suggested changes. I will have the corresponding memorials updated over the next week. (Today is July 24, 2017)

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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Jeff Groleau
Thank You
Hi James,

Thank you for doing the transfers. I really appreciate it!

Added by Jeff Groleau on Jul 24, 2017 7:24 AM
Jeff Groleau
Matheson (cont.) Memorial #143185485
Hi James,

Also, if you could add John Matheson (memorial #143185485) to the other two transfers I requested, I would appreciate it. John is Florence's husband. I did not realize you created Johns' until after I requested the other two, because I was having difficulty pulling his memorial up on my laptop (connection issues). Thanks again, Jeff
Added by Jeff Groleau on Jul 23, 2017 8:55 PM
Jeff Groleau
Florence A. Matheson
Hi James,
It seems that we are both from Western MA. Would you be willing to transfer Florence A. Matheson's (Memorial #143185489), along with Stuart H. Matheson's (Memorial #143185493) to me? They are both cousins, and I would love to be able to manage their memorials if possible. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Jeff Groleau
Added by Jeff Groleau on Jul 23, 2017 8:44 PM
Memorials 133728294 & 133736001
Hello. On Aug 2, 2014 you posted two memorials for my ancestor Capt. Benjamin Allton. One in Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, VT and one in North Cemetery, Sturbridge, MA. You posted photos for the MA location where his wife is also buried. Can you unravel this for me? Was he originally buried in VT and then removed to MA to be buried with his family? I am working on DAR records and would REALLY appreciate your help. Thank you.
Added by amwj1 on Jul 16, 2017 11:50 AM
Amy Connolly
Peter Montague
Just wondering if you took the photograph posted on Peter Montague's Find A Grave page - the same headstone is on a page for Peter that says he is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland, MA. Which cemetery is it?
Added by Amy Connolly on Jul 16, 2017 9:10 AM
Raven Davis Cotter
James - I have sent you a message via email. Just wanted you to keep an eye out for it.
Added by Raven Davis Cotter on Jul 14, 2017 6:14 PM
Ross Weaver
Stockwells at Levi Holt Cemetery, Sutton, MA
I had set up a Torrey Cemetery site and was in the process of populating it when one of the names came up as having been entered into the Levi Holt Cemetery site that you had populated.

Subsequently, I checked with the Sutton Assessors office and found it is designated the Holt-Torrey Cemetery (MAP 53, Plot 60 which can be accessed on line through website). If you would like to locate it on Google Maps, etc., enter 7R Carrier Lane, Sutton, Massachusetts.

(The property was owned by Lewis & Betsey Torrey [my ancestors] when the gravesite was started. Four of there 13 children are buried there. Levi Holt owned to property at the time that the Vital Records of Sutton, 1849 were compiled, which is the reason G.S. 3 was referred to as "Levi Holt's near Manchaug Pond".)

I sent an e-mail to Findagrave asking that the two be combined under the name of Holt-Torrey Cemetery.

Aaron Stockwell - husband of Ruth Ann Lincoln Stockwell - and their son, Lewis Wood Stockwell are also interred there. (Both are posted on the Torrey Cemetery site.)

I have taken photographs of most of the headstones - several of which I have made available to be added to the memorials that you set up. There are several plot marker that I have yet to photograph. I am returning there with a weed wacker after which I will take more photos.

Questions/comments. Can reach me through this site or at 774-810-6755

Added by Ross Weaver on Jul 11, 2017 2:29 PM
S Hunt Todd
Keziah Kinney Plummer #139731370
Thank you so much for the transfer, James!! I greatly appreciate it!! Any chance you might like to photograph her headstone? If so, she's in North Cemetery, row 18, Grave 3. And if so, will you see if she is right next to her husband, Francis Plummer who is also in North Cemetery? There is a pic of his headstone, but no location. I've had the photo request out there for about 18 months, but no response yet.

Whatever you decide, thank you so much for all you do!!!

Sherry Hunt Todd
Added by S Hunt Todd on Jul 11, 2017 10:43 AM
S Hunt Todd
Keziah Kinney Plummer #139731370
Hi James,

I'm following up on a request I made to you May 29, 2016 through the "Edit" function asking you if you wouldn't mind transferring this memorial to me. Keziah is my 5x's great grandmother. I am so thrilled to have found her!! Thank you in advance for your consideration. I can't believe the tremendous amount of wonderful work you are doing here!! Thanks so very much for your consideration!!

Sherry Hunt Todd
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Added by S Hunt Todd on Jul 10, 2017 9:50 PM
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Memorials 143155502 and 143155478
James: I have added photos to memorial 143155478 (James Whipple) and 143155502 (Sarah Whipple). James Whipple is actually James Arnold Whipple, and Sarah Whipple is Sarah Mowry Thwing. They were married 23 Sep 1832 in Uxbridge, MA; therefore, I would suggest a link between them. I have additional information for both if you are interested in adding it to their profiles. Thank you for the work you do.
Added by Family Lines Research on Jul 10, 2017 8:49 AM
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