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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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"
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Thanks to all the FAG photo volunteers for your hard work! You are truly what makes this website such an incredible genealogical tool.

James
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Theresa Overholser
RE: Deborah Root
Hi--I have been researching this family locally for many years and noticed that the cemetery was incorrect when I added Deborah as the mother of Samuel Sheldon.
Added by Theresa Overholser on May 27, 2017 9:10 PM
wgcovill
Frances Lowe Tatro, Erving Cem.
Dear Mr. Bianco: Thank you very much for transferring Frances Lowe Tatro [Find A Grave #126,735,551] to me in Erving Center Cemetery. Even though I
made a mistake. I now think that Mary Jane Tatro is the dau. of Paul Joseph Tatro, and Frances was her step-mother. But I'm not related to Tatro. But it seems that the Tatros and Dyers had a strange relationship in the 1850s. Will try to find some descendant who knows? Bill Covill
Added by wgcovill on May 27, 2017 3:23 AM
J.G.W.
Joseph B. Gerould
Hello James,

Thank you so very much for the transfer of Joseph Gerould.

With Appreciation,

John G.
Added by J.G.W. on May 26, 2017 5:57 PM
lynn lindvall
Christopher Prince #142566069
Jim,

P.S. to the note I just left. I just uploaded the photo and saw your Note on his memorial. Don't know if this matters or not. He died in Nova Scotia, but I can't say that he is buried there. I just know he is not in Old Burying Ground.

Lynn
Added by lynn lindvall on May 22, 2017 4:51 PM
lynn lindvall
RE: Christopher Prince - Kingston
Jim,

I did not know what a cenataph is...so I looked it up. I am pretty new to all this and I am only a photographer. I do not do research at all so I will not be finding his actual resting place. I will upload the photo to Old Burying Ground. Thanks for all you do and for your patience with me. I am teachable...I think...

Lynn
Added by lynn lindvall on May 22, 2017 4:41 PM
MSmith42
Stephen Johnson Tiffany
I accidentally sent you an edit for Stephen Johnson Tiffany (147841827). I think I added him as his own father. oops. I was trying to add Stephen as the parent of 2 year old Willie S. Tiffany (147841775). His mother is Emily Buffum Tiffany (147841815). They are all buried at Walpole Village Cemetery in Walpole, NH. So sorry and please ignore my the edit for this individual. Thank you.
Added by MSmith42 on May 18, 2017 10:52 PM
lynn lindvall
Christopher Prince #142566069
James,

I took a photo today for a requester. It states on the memorial stone at Old Burying Ground that Christopher died in Nova Scotia and that he is not buried at Old Burying Ground. Three of his siblings are buried there, but Christopher and 2 of his siblings are not. How should I proceed with the photo? It is a stone that was erected by descendants in 1894. You show the transcription on his memorial page. Please advise if I should post the photo since he is not buried there.

Lynn

Added by lynn lindvall on May 17, 2017 7:49 PM
Joni Ottman
Hannah Allen Stebbins
James do you know where Hannah Allen Stebbins is buried? Where she died and when? Some researchers say she died 1772 Massachusetts but, I haven't seen any records of that. Do you know anything about Hannah. Thanks

Joni Ottman
Added by Joni Ottman on May 16, 2017 7:53 PM
Joni Ottman
Dorothy Stebbins
Hello, James I had a question about the church paper you posted on Dorothy Alexander Stebbins memorial. Where did you get the information? Do you know what the name of the church was? Is that You don't actually have a photo of Dorothy grave. Have you seen cemetery records stating she is buried in Deerfield Cemetery. Thank you.

Joni Otttman
Added by Joni Ottman on May 16, 2017 7:48 PM
Sherwood McCall
RE: William Floyd Reynolds Jr.
James, thank you for your note on the Find-a-Grave site. Sorry for the delay in my response, however I just discovered your note. I am very curious to know if the frame on Elizabeth Stockwell Reynolds is the same as her husbands. We offer for sale the G.P.A. Healy portrait in our gallery -
http://www.sherwoodsgallery.com/figurative.html

Best regards,

Sherwood McCall
Added by Sherwood McCall on May 14, 2017 6:17 AM
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