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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 18 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.

Please do not send raw data such as census info or service records to be added to a bio. You can use that in your ancestry program but I think it is tacky on a memorial. I am always happy to add biographical information to the memorial.

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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Jim Godfrey
RE: godfrey, bernard

thanks would appreciate it.

James Allen Godfrey Sr. or the 1st, I am the 3rd

Roberta Sellner Godfrey. Went by Bertha

last address I am aware of is

1312 Mohawk St

Added by Jim Godfrey on Sep 30, 2017 4:23 PM
Jim Godfrey
godfrey, bernard
I just happened to look at godfrey listed in Bismarck (st Mary's Cemetery). My grandfather is James A, grandmother Roberta (Bertha).

I noticed that you listed Bernard (died at birth in 1952). This is completely news to me so I am interested in the origin of this information.

in researching my family tree I know that James A was very secretive and there were things not openly reported or known. ie my aunt Jordice (Jude) was from a first marriage to a ruth Holmquist, no additonal info known.

thanks for any light you can shed on this

Added by Jim Godfrey on Sep 30, 2017 3:04 PM
Bill Norman
Elaine Bender Lahren
Hi Brian,
Thank you for taking and posting the photo of Elaine's headstone. Excellent photo. Nice work.
Added by Bill Norman on Sep 19, 2017 3:09 AM
Peggy Johnson Tolan
Dale Christopherson's headstone
Thank you so much for taking your time to take the photo of Dale Christopherson's headstone. He was a relative of my husband's and I like to document the family history. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
Added by Peggy Johnson Tolan on Sep 13, 2017 9:07 PM
Sharon Johnson Lawless
Dale Virgil Christopherson
Thank you for finding his headstone and posting a picture of it to Find A Grave.
Added by Sharon Johnson Lawless on Sep 13, 2017 7:07 AM
Ted Melina Raab
Use of photo
May I use your photo of Charles Erastus Markham's headstone (Find A Grave Memorial# 64879442) on my page for this man?

Thank you for your consideration, for the work you're doing and, most of all, for the generous spirit in which you do it.

Ted Melina Raab
Added by Ted Melina Raab on Sep 07, 2017 2:15 PM
Heide Becker
Andreas Schaedler
I've put in a correction to Mr. Schaedler's memorial. I didn't know he had two wives in addition to Margarethe Ruedi, however I do have him marrying Christina Borth in 1917. Margarethe's maiden name is spelled several ways; I use Ruedi and I've seen it also spelled Riede, as well as Reudi. Margarethe's first husband was Phillip Hartwig who died in 1915 in North Dakota.
Added by Heide Becker on Sep 06, 2017 8:49 PM
Jackie Winn Ross
Audrey Sayler
I almost made the mistake of putting the picture for Andreas in the spot for AUdrey Sayler, as when taking the picture I thought it was Audrey. So I agree with you...I think it is an error. Please Brian, don't bother going back to Underwood, as I have been there twice and if I didn't find them, and you didn't, I think that there are probably no stones. I did find a picture that I can now put on for a findagrave. that says no stone. It is quite nice and is an alternative for those with no stone and yet family is requesting one.
Added by Jackie Winn Ross on Sep 03, 2017 5:27 PM
Jackie Winn Ross
Knudtson's and other Underwood requests
Thanks Brian for taking the pictures at the Underwood cemetery. I know it took lots of time to locate my requests and I truly appreciate that you did it. Jackie
Added by Jackie Winn Ross on Sep 03, 2017 7:20 AM
Michael J. Petrie
Thanks for the Stebbins photo. Would you also add it to Memorial 182969721 ?

Added by Michael J. Petrie on Sep 03, 2017 4:57 AM
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