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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 7 years, 5 months, 3 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.

In April 2016 they did another article. 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 (782)[Leave Message]
RE: Roy Patzner memorial
Yes, that is a problem! If the file is too big it will post however it can fit, too. I had to resize a couple of them, that seemed to do the trick! Thank you for all the work you've done and continue to do for Find a Grave!
Added by tombstoner on Dec 02, 2016 5:56 PM
RE: Roy Patzner memorial
Hello Brian, I'll fix that ASAP. They are all facing correctly on the Find a Grave app on my iPhone but I'll take a look see. The pics are of the 1st Infantry's memorial in Butgenbach, Belgium where Roy Patzner and many others gave their lives. That's my Dad in the one photo. He was there in 1944 and we went back last Spring, 2016.
Added by tombstoner on Dec 02, 2016 8:03 AM
Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airborne
Baptist Cemetery
Thanks for the Grave Marker photo for Henry and Adeline Gessele.
Added by Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airbor... on Nov 22, 2016 5:35 PM
Caryn Dugo
Brucker and Stenehjem
Thanks Brian for getting the pictures for Mickey and John Brucker and adding the information to Buck Stenehjem's memorial. While not related to me, they were people I knew while I was growing up. You always come thru...thanks again!
Added by Caryn Dugo on Nov 12, 2016 7:18 PM
Michael J. Petrie
thanks for photo of Edna Stebbins gravestone
Added by Michael J. Petrie on Nov 08, 2016 5:09 AM
Two BEEKS Graves
Thanks so much for the two photo posts. It is wonderful to have them and I appreciate all you've done!

Added by Louie on Nov 07, 2016 9:09 PM
Photo of Edna Stevens Marker
Thanks So Much for your wonderful picture.
Added by Junice on Nov 07, 2016 6:29 PM
Mabel Holt/Muus
Very well done!

Thank You

Added by PJC on Nov 05, 2016 4:53 PM
John and Theresa Senger
Hi Brian,

Thank you for another fine photo and fulfillment!
Greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Ken -
Added by KPS on Oct 31, 2016 8:43 AM
Matt Schmidt
George and Rosallia Schmidt
I appreciate your hard work in getting these headstones. Thanks!! -Matt
Added by Matt Schmidt on Oct 24, 2016 11:25 AM
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