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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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Janet Mercurio
James -
Thank you very much for creating this memorial and for taking the good photos of the headstone. And thank you for posting what was legible of the inscription. I could see the "J" and the "Bacon" but I couldn't see the "In memory of."
It's a wonderful public service you've done and I appreciate it.
- Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Feb 23, 2017 10:19 PM
Pamela McCauley

hi...i am wondering what the date of death is for Frederick Wood...i cannot make it out from the photo and it is not listed on the memorial page

Find A Grave Memorial# 139547508

thank you for all your hard work on Find A Grave!

thank you
Pamela McCauley - Rochester, NH
Added by Pamela McCauley on Feb 19, 2017 7:29 AM
Barbara Hanno
Sorry, I meant to leave their site numbers:
Elizabeth Clap Winslow and Dorcas Winslow
131905961 and 131905939 in Petersham Center Cemetery
Added by Barbara Hanno on Feb 13, 2017 9:41 AM
Barbara Hanno
Elizabeth Clap and Dorcas Winslow
Hi James, Thanks so much for all you do! We had a recent inquiry into the Winslow family so some changes were noted. I am told by our local historian that Elizabeth died in 1790, not 1775. Her husband, Kenelm, died in 1775, so this may be the source of that date. Also I am thinking the stone for Dorcas Winslow is for the Dorcas who was born May 10, 1756, in the Hardwick Vital Records. Another daughter, Dorcas, was born in 1758 but she lived until at least 1775, since she is named in her father's will. The stone for Dorcas is a perfect match for the stone of her brother, John Clap Winslow, born in 1752, who died in 1758. It makes sense to me since they match exactly and are side by side that the Dorcas buried there may be the Dorcas born May 10, 1756. Just a thought for you to consider. Thanks again!
Added by Barbara Hanno on Feb 13, 2017 9:38 AM
Keith Bowden
Just wanted to thank you for the great work you have done in Russell Cemetery, in Russell, Mass.
My mothers line is Abraham Bradley and his son Lyman Bradley.
I would be more than happy to share what I have collected over the years.
Keith Bowden
Added by Keith Bowden on Jan 31, 2017 12:12 PM
Harriet N Metcalf
I was right about her middle name and surname, but wrong on parents. According to Franklin, MA death record, she was d/o Harvey Metcalf and Abby Brown of Providence, RI
Added by GPoppa on Jan 30, 2017 8:53 AM
Roger Whiting
Charles Adams

Thanks for adding the bio information to our g,g,g,g, grandfather's memorial, we appreciate your quick response.


Roger Whiting
Added by Roger Whiting on Jan 29, 2017 7:33 PM
Janet Emmons Pringle
Donald Stone
Hello, I photographed Donald Stone 1939-1989 in Pine Hill Cemetery Brandon Vermont. Your entry says 1939-1939. DO you think this is a different person or perhaps a typo? If it is a different person I will add him in.

Thank you
Added by Janet Emmons Pringle on Jan 28, 2017 3:56 PM
theophilus & polly manning
Hi! Just wondering if you are planning on changing the cemetery location on the the Mannings (157295837 & 157206593) from north cemetery to fox hill? mtucker
Added by mtucker on Jan 26, 2017 10:48 AM
Roger Whiting
Nathanial Adams

Thanks for linking our g,g,g,grandfather with his parents, Charles and Harriet Adams. We appreciate it.

I'll be sending you biography information (via an edit)for Charles and Harriet Adams. We have quite extensive biographic information for him, so I'll reduce it before sending.

All the Best to you.

Roger Whiting
Added by Roger Whiting on Jan 25, 2017 2:47 PM
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