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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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Yevette Baker
You're beautiful
I must just take a moment to thank you for you're beautiful work of photography. I've been on Find A Grave for many years and I must tell you that I appreciate the time you put into your pictures. ☮💜
Added by Yevette Baker on Mar 23, 2017 6:48 PM
Nancy Neuman
James and Mary Fuller
Thank you so much for transferring the Fullers to me. And for your diligent work and photography--a great service to all of us!
Added by Nancy Neuman on Mar 20, 2017 10:55 AM
LTC Stephen R. Pain
RE: Transfer of Pierre and Florida Lavallee's Memorials
Dear Mr. James Bianco, I want to thank you for transferring Pierre and Florida Lavallee's Memorials to my care. The management of these memorials mean a lot to our family. Thank you for your generous support and dedication as a Find A Grave Contributor. I really do appreciate your help. Take care!

Added by LTC Stephen R. Pain on Mar 13, 2017 7:13 PM
Photo Request in Elmwood Hill Cemetery
You have a photo request in the Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy, NY for a John T. King (#154819653). All of the markers in that cemetery have been photographed and added on Find a Grave. There is a stone back there that only has the last names of "King/Barnivill" carved on it. The memorial with photos of it are #154025190. Could this be his stone? If so, I will add the pictures onto John's memorial you created. Thanks!
Added by Alysia on Mar 12, 2017 6:53 AM
132735640 Charles W. Jackson
Hi James,

I sent you some name/date changes for Charles W. Jackson in Templeton, MA. I know you set up the memorial to be the infant that died in 1846 but a contributor, Barbara Hanno, has added photos of Charles' father, Charles Sr., to your memorial. She also set up a duplicate memorial for the infant that died in 1846 under the name Charles E. Jackson (159598317) which matches the stone.

See your notes on your memorial from the Templeton VR's to 1850: There was confusion about his middle initial W. or E. The infant has the E. and the father is the W. The gravestones verify this.

I hope you approve my edits and it will change him into the father, Charles Wesson Jackson, and the correct photos will be on the memorial and everyone will be linked happily ever after to his parents and spouses.

Added by Ryan-O on Mar 11, 2017 7:54 PM
Scherry Orr
Sorry the O's in the daughters name is the same as the O that you have as a D in his name..
Added by Scherry Orr on Mar 11, 2017 2:44 PM
Scherry Orr
Eddie O. Russell
Hello James, one of the Memorials you took a picture of Eddie D. Russell is actually Eddie O. Russell, the Great Grandfather of Kurt Russell the Actor!! He was born on July 30, 1873 in Massachusetts.. He died March 11, 1959 in Massachusetts.. Your dates are right just the middle initial, if you look close at the picture and compare the O with the O in his wife's name you'll see it is an O and not a D..
Added by Scherry Orr on Mar 11, 2017 2:37 PM
lizz grant
"merged memorials"
hi-the memorial I have for Benjamin Grant (6th great granfather)# 92692128-- has been merged--to # 138724851. the problem--My Benjamin Grant was born 6 Sep 1641-11 Sep 1726.
the merged Benjamin grant was born 1665-1726.
My Benjamin was linked to his father, Christopher Grant 1608-1685
That memorial was set up about 2012
Do you have extra info that would help me--do i need to research further. thanks
PS. Your pictures are GREAT. lizz runkle grant
Added by lizz grant on Mar 07, 2017 2:27 PM
Claire Zahn
Photos in General
Hey James, long time! You sir, are outdoing yourself with cemetery photos of my family members. Those who, without your work, I would never find. All going back to the Converse Family but, different names, Brown, Kimball... just so many.

I am eternally grateful to you for all you are doing and have done!
As always,
Claire Zahn
Added by Claire Zahn on Mar 06, 2017 2:14 PM
RE: John Holmes - Halifax
Thank you very much
Added by rose on Mar 04, 2017 1:46 PM
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