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Recent Updates 2007
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  07 DEC 2007 Some recent additions to newspaper and other documents mentioning the Brebner/Bremner doings around the world:

•  07 December 2007

•  26 November 2007

•  20 November 2007

Canisbay Kirkyard, Caithness 14 OCT 2007 I often re-visit cemeteries at different times of the day, and especially if a later visit happens to occur on a sunnier day. Sunlight at the right angle can make all the difference between a legible stone and one that can be overlooked on an overcast day.

•  Canisbay Kirkyard, CAI (Both updated and new photographs and transcriptions)

•  Canisbay Kirkyard Extension, CAI (Both updated and new photographs and transcriptions)

Wick Old Cemetery, Caithness 12 OCT 2007 Almost caught up on cemetery photographs and transcriptions! These are from assorted locations:

•  Canisbay Kirkyard, CAI (updated photographs for existing transcriptions)

•  Canisbay Kirkyard Extension, CAI (updated photographs for existing transcriptions)

•  Wick Old Kirkyard, CAI (some photographs for existing transcriptions)

•  Maple Grove Cemetery, Munising, MI, USA
Some gravestone photographs courtesy of Mike Taff of descendants of the Tarland Brebner group.

•  Hillside Cemetery, Hinchinbrooke, QC, CAN A single gravestone of David Will and Jean Bremner from Strathdon, ABD.

   •  Genealogy...

•  Hill Side Cemetery, Hawkesbury, ON, CAN Gravestones of John Johnstone and Jane Bremner and family in Hawkesbury.

   •  Genealogy...

Wick New Cemetery, Caithness 11 OCT 2007 Still more new cemetery photographs and transcriptions:

•  Bower, CAI

•  Olrig Cemetery, CAI

•  Wick New Cemetery, CAI  This now includes over 130 transcriptions, most with images. May be slow to load on dial-up!

Reay New, Caithness 10 OCT 2007 And more new cemetery photographs and transcriptions:

Crosskirk St. Mary, CAI  (new images)

•  Halkirk Cemetery, CAI

•  Keiss, CAI  (updated, new images)

•  Reay New Kirkyard, CAI

•  St. Trostan, Westerdale, CAI  (new images)

•  Thurso (New) Cemetery, CAI

Kemnay Kirkyard 09 OCT 2007 Some more new cemetery photographs and transcriptions:

•  Kemnay Cemetery, ABD

•  Marykirk New Cemetery, KCD

•  Newburgh Cemetery, FIF

Dundee Western Cemetery entrance 08 OCT 2007 Now that the summer weather here in Canada is finally coming to a close, I'm back inside and getting around to posting the many cemetery transcriptions made in Scotland last May. Please note that these are a work in progress and may not include all Brebner/Bremner graves, especially in the larger cemeteries.

•  Barry Cemetery, ANS

•  Dundee Eastern Cemetery, ANS

•  Dundee Western Cemetery, ANS

•  Monifieth Cemetery, ANS

•  Tealing Kirkyard, ANS

John Brebner Radio Interview 30 JUN 2007 During my trip to Scotland in May, I took part in a BBC Radio Scotland interview along with Allan Bremner for their new series "Digging Up Your Roots". The program is due to air on July 1st, and will be available on the BBC site for about a week after the original broadcast (select "Listen again...").

Photo: John Brebner and interviewer Claire White in Allenvale Cemetery, Aberdeen.

James Bremner (1816-1909) 28 JUN 2007 Thanks to Jim Bremner in Belleville, Ontario, additions to and connections with the Plevna, Ontario Bremner family from Keith, BAN into the larger family of William BREMNER and Jean WILSON have been made. On a recent visit to Belleville, Jim kindly allowed me to copy many of the old photographs and artifacts. Some of these photographs were tintypes made about 1860, and probably in Keith before the family emigrated to Ontario.

The identities of these individuals is still a matter of speculation... please have a look at these family photos and see if any of these old faces are familiar!

Photo: James Bremner (1816-1909), s/o William Bremner and Elspet Allan.

James Bremner Engineer 30 MAY 2007 On my recent trip to Scotland, a few days in Caithness allowed the transcription of a number of documents relating to James Bremner, Engineer and Shipbuilder. These included:

•  Subscription for the portrait, including high-resolution copy of the painting hanging in Wick Town Hall.

•  Photographs of his house in Pulteneytown

•  Details and photos of the monument overlooking Wick Harbour

•  Gravestone in Wick Kirkyard

Details of his life from various newspaper accounts...

   •  Men of the North...

   •  Obituary... The Northern Ensign

   •  Obituary... John O' Groat Journal

•  Details of his daughter Sarah Wood's unfortunate death...

For other articles please use the Site Search keyword facility.

  29 MAY 2007 After returning from another research trip to the north and north-east of Scotland, the BMD databases and many of the genealogies of Aberdeenshire Brebner/Bremner families have been updated with detailed information of Aberdeen City marriages now up to 1949. Please search the marriage database, or view the compiled genealogies for more details.
  27 JAN 2007 The new site is now operational! While the old site, which made its debut in 1999, has served the Brebner/Bremner research community well, it was time for a fresh look. This marks only the fourth such change since first went on-line in 1994. I hope that you find this more minimalist design effective and easy to navigate. It will more easily accommodate the addition of new information, perhaps for the next seven years! Text and .pdf files will also be updated over the next few months. As always, I welcome any comments or criticisms!
  23 JAN 2007 Addition of the searchable database for the 1841 United Kingdom have been posted. As with all datasets, content is updated monthly.
  21 JAN 2007 The Brebner/Bremner entries for the Canadian 1851-1911 Censuses are now available for searching. While the 1881, 1901 and 1911 census data is approaching completion, other years are still a work in progress. Updated monthly.
  20 JAN 2007 Please bear with me as I update to its new look for 2007. I expect the process to take about two weeks. Some pages may be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade, others may revert to the older style.
  17 JAN 2007 Many of you responded to my December request for photographs, and I'm pleased to announce that the photo and portrait database has been expanded by over 75 images in the past two weeks. I'm always on the look-out for more photographs, especially those from the 19th century. Please have a look at the photo suggestions and guidelines page before sending those photos of your ancestors.
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