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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 26 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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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
Janet Strand
Everett Gilbert
Thank you so much for posting this photo for me.

It took me many hours searching through archived newspapers to discover that Everett was one of the victims.

This really means a lot to me and to the display that I will be creating to honor the flu victims at UND.

Again, thank you so much.
Added by Janet Strand on Oct 22, 2016 6:01 PM
RE: Obituary
Thanks Brian. I am slowly working through old newspapers that the Library of Congress has posted online. I'm a big history buff, so I find this information fascinating. And I figured if could help others at the same time, great. I'm sure our "paths" will be crossing quite a bit.

Added by Cami on Oct 10, 2016 7:38 AM
Bruce Schnell
Ethel Erbstoesser's Headstone
Thank you
Added by Bruce Schnell on Oct 02, 2016 5:20 AM
Cathy Brunt
Wilhelmina(Matilda) Klawitter
It's me again have been so helpful....I am taking advantage I am afraid..... Johanna Augusta Rautenberg's mother..Wilhelmine Klawitter came with Johanna and Julius to America -St Paul- then to Bismark ND.....she died there--but we have no date.....We think somewhere from 1894--1897. She lived with Johanna and her family...No record at Fairview Cemetery or St. Mary's Cemetery.....However...Wilhelmine's son (Johanna's brother) Fred Klawitter (long time resident) purchased a plot-SW1/4 (graves 7-8 ) Lot 1 Block 1 Original Plat at Fairview Cemetery..... there is no record of anyone buried there on file...but I am questioning whether his mother might be buried there........Fred and his family are all buried at StMary's Catholic Cemetery in Bismark......I am questioning why anyone, especially at those times would buy a cemetery plot and not use it........Cathy Brunt
Added by Cathy Brunt on Sep 09, 2016 12:00 PM
Cathy Brunt
Julius Rautenberg
Thank you so much for the obituary information....I don't think the family had much money for an additional memorial....their farm had to be sold to pay off their debts and the girls moved to Canada to be near their older brother... Cathy Brunt
Added by Cathy Brunt on Sep 09, 2016 11:38 AM
Rachel Whitaker
Thank you :)
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to take a photo of Johanna and Albert Rickert's grave/headstone and for posting it on here. :)
Added by Rachel Whitaker on Sep 08, 2016 5:15 AM
Evelyn Rowe Nelson
Herb Schimmelpfennig
Hello Brian,
Thanks for the wonderful memorial for Herb. I lived in Mohall, ND when he was teaching at Mohall. He was a highly respected educator in that town. Thanks for the memory of him.
Evelyn Rowe Nelson (#47040334)
Added by Evelyn Rowe Nelson on Sep 04, 2016 7:27 AM
Juhola family
Thank you so much Brian, for the edits on the Juhola family (# 70907068) and burial in Braddock Cem.

I am so grateful for such wonderful findagrave volunteers.

Thank you!

Edmonds, Wa
Added by Tami on Sep 02, 2016 9:03 PM
Albert Duppong
Thank you for the photo of his headstone.
Added by Dstmnstr on Sep 02, 2016 4:53 AM
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