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Brian Backes (#47148484)
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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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Rhea Gilbert
RE: Thomas Edward Glass
Brian-My research and that of another Glass family member have the following info for Thomas:
Born: April 20, 1844 in Ireland
Immigrated to the US via Port of New York on Jan. 9, 1854.
Father: Thomas Glass (B. 1815 in Ireland)
Mother: Isabella Holmes (B. 1814 in Ireland).
His mother, Isabella Holmes Glass died on the voyage (Ship- Andrew Foster) Dec. 15, 1853 as well as his sister Margaret and brother James. His surviving siblings were Jane, Charles H and John G. Glass. Thomas married Mary H. Pangborn, daughter of Charles Thomas Pangborn and Charity Hough on Sept. 28, 1866 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. The couple had 11 children. Thomas and his daughter, Myrtle F. Glass Purdy were murdered by Myrtle's estranged husband, George W. Purdie on Oct. 31, 1912 in Dawson, Kidder County, N. Dakota.
Added by Rhea Gilbert on Jul 19, 2016 7:42 PM
Mike (Dino) Peterson
Coover - Braddock Cemetery
Thanks again Brian for what you do. The picture looks great and your time and labor are very much appreciated.
Mike Peterson
Added by Mike (Dino) Peterson on Jul 19, 2016 1:56 PM
Joseph Fockler - #70955627
I know on his page you noted that there is a chance on maybe more graves within the lilac bushes.

I was wondering if you can go and see if his wife Clara was buried there with him. She died in 1980. I would be forever grateful!

Added by AJ on Jul 18, 2016 8:37 PM
Jackie Ross
Norbert Presler
Great job with the picture of my Mother-in-laws cousin!
Added by Jackie Ross on Jul 12, 2016 8:07 PM
Jackie Ross
Paul Schmidt
Thanks Brian, you are so wonderful at fulfilling my requests!
Added by Jackie Ross on Jul 12, 2016 8:06 PM
Connie Carroll
Leonard L Weist 1931-1945
Brian, Tahnk you so much for taking a photo of this headstone and also taking the time to load it to this site. It is very much appreciated! Take care, Connie Carroll
Added by Connie Carroll on Jul 11, 2016 9:09 PM
Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Matilda DeNault
Thank you so much for posting the picture of her memorial. Have a great week!
Added by Cindy Taylor-Matuse on Jul 10, 2016 8:50 PM
Agnes Meidinger
Kim Brandner
Thanks so much for the great photo of Kim Brandner's Grave Marker really do appreciate it, you do a great job. Agnes
Added by Agnes Meidinger on Jul 09, 2016 10:30 PM
Thank you
Thank you for taking the time and effort to look for those grave markers. I appreciate the information.
Added by Utanah on Jul 07, 2016 11:32 AM
Valice Raffi
the Van Vleet's
oops! must have hit the return, I meant to say
Added by Valice Raffi on Jul 05, 2016 1:26 PM
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