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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 15 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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Messages left for Brian Backes (516)[Leave Message]
Bob Moon
Thank you so much for the Hatzenbuhler photos!
Added by Bob Moon on Apr 07, 2014 2:11 PM
Sandra Boudrou
Thanks for all you have done and I enjoyed the article in the paper so much that I have shared it on my facebook page. Others might follow in your hobby through it. I can't think of a better way to spend our time!

sandy in WA state
Added by Sandra Boudrou on Apr 04, 2014 9:18 AM
Sanda Kateley
Peter Sagmiller headstone
Thank you so much for adding the pictures. May I please add them to my family tree and credit you as the photographer? Again, thank you!

Added by Sanda Kateley on Apr 04, 2014 7:51 AM
Jill Alexander
RE: Harold Palmers headstone
Hi Brian,
Thank you very much for taking the time to find the grave of my Uncle Harold Palmer. I really appreciate all of your hard work.
Warm regards, Jill Alexander
Added by Jill Alexander on Mar 31, 2014 9:52 PM
Mike Corray
Popelka Headstone

Thanks for adding the photo of the Popelka headstone. It is truly appreciated.

Mike Corray
Added by Mike Corray on Mar 31, 2014 6:14 AM
Alexandra du Bois
Margaret du Bois
Thank you so much for the photo of my great grand mother's headstone. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this.
Added by Alexandra du Bois on Mar 30, 2014 12:02 PM
Matt McCann
Thank you for Rolf Herbst

Thank you very much for the very nice photo of Rolf Herbst and Irmgard.

I believe these are cousins of mine, related on my mother's side. German immigrants. I don't have much information about them, so the dates provided on the headstone will be extremely helpful in my research.

I really appreciate your time and effort!

Matt McCann
Durham, NC
Added by Matt McCann on Mar 29, 2014 7:45 PM
Allene Brewer Rauh
Thanks so much
You are amazing. You do so much.
Added by Allene Brewer Rauh on Mar 29, 2014 6:25 PM
Linda Stienstra
Carvell Memorials
Brian-Thank you for photographing the headstones for Lewis Benton Carvell (#66133850) and his wife Martha M. Carvell (#59779216). May I have your permission to add their headstone picture to my WikiTree page for each one of them? I am a Carvell research and Lewis B. is the cousin of my g-g-grandfather, Jeremiah Mark Carvell.
You can see Jeremiah's entry at

Thank you for your consideration -

Linda Stienstra
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Added by Linda Stienstra on Mar 06, 2014 8:17 AM
Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Warren Murray suggestion
Thank you Brian. I've sent a request to admin people to remove it since I didn't create it.
Best Regards - Doug Sorensen
Added by Douglas Kirk Sorensen on Feb 23, 2014 2:42 PM
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