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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 5 years, 5 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo I discovered Find A Grave while searching for the grave of my grandfather's brother. This simple little search sent me on a mission to search for my ancestors and get some of my family history on Find A Grave. Once I got hooked on genealogy, I decided I could help others by adding names to the site so that sent me onto my new "hobby" - photographing graves, and now I am totally addicted. I hope my work on Find A Grave will help others in their search or allow them to "visit" a loved one's grave.

I'm not one of those people who think they give a prize for managing the most memorials. If you have any connection to someone that I have created a memorial for, I will gladly transfer it, as long as they are not in my tree.

The Bismarck Tribune did a very nice article on my cemetery project a while back. Click Here to view the article.

I have set up a Tribalpages family tree. Click on the link below to view it.

If I have taken a photograph of your ancestor's tombstone and it is of poor quality (shadows/overgrown with grass/hard to read/etc), please let me know and I will see what I can do about taking a better one. It is hard to take good photographs of all the markers when I am at a cemetery as the angle of the sun is often poor the stones don't photograph well.

If I have helped you in your search, please return the favor and "pay it forward" and do your part to help out someone else.
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RE: Willman-Feland families in North Dakota
Yeah thank you, most of my maternal grandfather's side lived in North Dakota and they're Norwegian too.
Added by Dstmnstr on Dec 19, 2014 6:11 AM
Willman-Feland families in North Dakota
Hey are you related to the Willman-Feland families? Because Emil Margido Willman Sr. and Olivia Feland were both my great great grandparents. I've seen that you've added so many Willman and Feland descendants in Sims Cemetery in North Dakota too.

Thank you,
Dustin Schrull
Added by Dstmnstr on Dec 18, 2014 7:51 AM
Laura W
Photo Permission
Hello Brian, I would like permission to use the photo you have posted at Woodlawn Cem for Avery Danforth. Should I come across others may I use them as well? Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you Laura W
Added by Laura W on Dec 13, 2014 9:51 AM
Added by jonathan on Nov 29, 2014 8:25 AM
Rick Abelson
Thank You for letting me Know that the Grave is unmarked and taking a Picture of it.
Thank You very Much
Added by Rick Abelson on Nov 11, 2014 5:26 PM
Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airborne
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery
Thanks for the Grave Marker photo for Marlene Schimke.
Added by Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airbor... on Nov 09, 2014 11:40 AM
John Clay Harris
Ref: Memorial # 74140734
Brien Thanks so much for adding the graves stones of my Parker cousins.It's nice to see their stones are intact.
Added by John Clay Harris on Nov 08, 2014 10:17 PM
James Odland
The Ciavarellas, Bernhardts & Webers

Thank you very much for photographing the grave markers of all three sets of families and adding them onto there respective memorial pages.

My friend' maiden name is Ciavarella and she is directly related. She will be pleased also.

Added by James Odland on Nov 08, 2014 7:55 PM
Lin McNamara
Stephan & Mary Gussner
I'll try again, Brian. Thank you so much for the photos. Stephan & Mary are my husband's grandparents. He someday will be buried next to them even though we live in California. Thank you again. Lin
Added by Lin McNamara on Nov 08, 2014 5:20 PM
Allene Brewer Rauh
Thanks again Brian
It's good to see. All of the care the little baby's grave has received. I take photos in my local cemetery and know this is not always true. I promise to remember to not request photos during the winter.

Added by Allene Brewer Rauh on Nov 04, 2014 12:11 PM
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