Welcome to the Curlew Keep Web Page

Home of Dianne and Bryan Bremner

In 2001 we both retired and moved to Republic, Washington where Bryan grew up an where we owned property on Curlew Lake.  Our first post retirement project was the construction of a new home on the lake.  Our home is very non-traditional, it is technically a partial torus monolithic dome.  We have quite a number of pages of text and images describing our experiences.

Web page for our new home, Curlew Keep.

News Flash:  Our home just made the top 25!  http://www.monolithic.com/domesinnews/2007/10oct/incredible/index.html

If you would like more information on monolithic domes in general please check out the web site for Monolithic Domes, Inc.   We have been featured on their web page but since they can change their page at any time there is no guarantee that they will still have us there.

Our home is not yet finished but we are living in it and enjoying it.  Unfortunately for our completion speed, we have gotten involved in a number of other activities.  Some of these are documented here, some are not.  Those documented are listed below.

Book Reports.  What has Bryan been reading?  If you are a first time visitor you may want to read my ground rules before continuing.

New Book Reports.  New Format, newly read books go here and as I get time old books get moved over.

Politics.  I am getting somewhat involved, this is what I think about it.

Extra stuff, some political, some not.


New addition!

New Genealogy Stuff. I upgraded my genealogy program, got more information, corrected a bunch of old data, and learned that there is another update - which I don't have yet. I am going to dump this data out here for your information and "HOPE" to update it soon. The old information is being left in place until I am positive that the new stuff is usable.

="Report001WebCards/wc_toc.htm"New Reunion Web Pages, probably the most important update is a lot of new data, both from John Brebner in Canada (brebner.com), from quick visit to one of the Oregon Trail sources in Oregon, and from my cousin Sherri (Schlegel) Stein whose mother was a Williams. The next most relevant development is a new version of my genealogy program. I am using Reunion for the Mac v. 9.0c and it produces better web pages. I know, version 10 will do better. Perhaps the biggest improvement here is the addition of images. If the web page contains a photo, just double click and it will pop-up to a larger size and include more images (if I have put them in). For testing purposes I am currently including photographs of only my and Dianne's immediate family. Play with it if you wish.

*** Note on the brebner.com genealogies and the local (Republic, WA) settlers: Go to brebner.com, under Compiled Genealogies click on "Locate Genealogies by Area". On the lower right side select "Caithness, SCT" and click "Submit". This will result in a long list of names, go about 1/2 way down to find "William BREMNER and Janet IRVINE ... about 1763 ... 04 May 2013". This will result in at least a 61 page pdf file. This has been updated very recently and I have not incorporated any upgrades since his upgrade of June 1, 2012

The other option is to download the GEDCOM file. I have not tried this before so please tell me if there are problems. The file is named Bremner9DMay2013.ged, it is a GEDCOM 5.5 file with a UTF-8 Character set, it is 689 KB in size.

GEDCOM file for downloading, and please, if this doesn't work either tell me or preferably tell me how to do it correctly.

Three test possibilities:

  1. Ancestor Report  Pick an ancestor and follow his/her descendants .
  2. Web Cards  Pick a starting point but all people are included, both parents and children.
  3. Since the genealogy program that I have does not include method of handling notes and pictures on the web I created a trial version.  You may try it out using this link.  It works by presenting the names of families (last name) and when you select one you get a list of first (first and middle) names.  Under each - that I have completed) there are three possible links, Photo, Family, and Notes.  Photo's are primarily individuals with possibly another person.  Family means family photos, they are generally located with the oldest Bremner male in the picture.  If you disagree - please comment.  Notes are any comments related to the person.  Currently I have only inserted a few pictures and notes.  These are primarily in the records for my close relatives.  I will slowly add more as I get the time.

    Bryan Bremner