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Once again I'd like to recommend a Google feature...this time it's the Image Search. I was amazed to find some of my own photographs through this search, and I think that you may be surprised at what you find when you enter your own name there. I plan to incorporate some of those images into my new photo and portrait database over the next few months.
The 1851 English census has now been posted on the site, and the transcription of the Brebner/Bremner entries to my own census databases is nearly complete. While the index often requires some creative favourite mis-transcription of Brebner is Bulnes... the legibility of the scanned images is excellent.

Also new on is their Canadian records collection, which is said to include the complete 1911 Canadian Census transcription, as well as Ontario BMD records. This requires an upgrade to their World Deluxe Membership level, available either monthly or annually. I haven't tried this out yet, and I welcome any comments about this new service. Feedback will be featured in the next issue of the newsletter.
For those researching Canadian ancestors, the free version of the 1911 Census Transcription at is progressing well. Many of the smaller communities have been fully transcribed, the total transcription is about 45% at time of writing. Unfortunately, because of deterioration of the original images, many pages suffer from problems of legibility. Don't overlook the 1906 census of the western provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) on the same site...the transcription is about 75% complete.
Still on the subject of census information, the 1861 Scottish census is now available at Again the quality of both indexing and image quality is excellent here, and I'm making progess on adding the Brebner/Bremner information to my own census databases.
To keep abreast of what's happening across the board in genealogy, I recommend Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter. Dick has a very informative newsletter on all aspects of genealogy research in addition to useful articles on computer-related subjects.
For those researching Australian ancestors, the Brisbane Cemetery Database allows free searching of a number of cemeteries in that area. A big plus to this site is that other family members buried in the graves are also noted. Brebner/Bremner entries will be added to my deaths database during March.
And on the other side of the world, descriptions of Illinois Civil War soldiers are now available from this state government site. These include place of birth, and physical traits, among other military details.
Brebner/Bremner Related Reading

For those with an interest in Canadian history, The Other Side of Rebellion by Margaret Stobie [ISBN 0-920897-08-8] is a fascinating account of Charles Bremner and his unfortunate run-in with General Frederick Middleton during the North-West rebellion of 1885. Bremner was a Scottish-Indian descendant of Alexander Bremner from Orkney, who had come to the Red River area to serve with the Hudson's Bay Company. Charles had moved to the Battleford area of Sakatchewan in 1881, and it was there that he became involved in a series of events that led to his being imprisoned in 1885, with the subsequent confiscation of his furs by Middleton, who became the subject of a government enquiry.

This is a captivating journal of the events of the time. You may have some difficulty finding it in print as a new volume, but it can be found fairly easily through on-line used book-sellers.

Right: General Frederick Middleton

The Other Side of Rebellion, Cover

General Frederick Middleton


Did you know...
Bill Bremner, Footballer The late Billy Bremner (1942-1997), master footballer was connected with the family of James Lobban Bremner from Ythan Wells. James, one of at least seven children to William Bremner and Jessie Greig from Drumblade, married Bridget Newlands in 1937 in Stirling, and adopted young William John (b 09 DEC 1942). Billy married Helen McKay Vick in 1962; the couple had three children, Billy Jr., Donna and Amanda.

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Billy Bremner

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A quick search of Brebner/Bremner marriage databases by spouse's name. This new search is a great way to check for compiled family genealogies...all you need is a spouse's surname and an approximate marriage date.
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