Hi Brenda, I am also researching the family history of Briggs and Breen, (possibly, Brien, Bryan as it was an Irish name). My mother, Annie was born out of wedlock to a Mary Ann Briggs and John Robert Breen in 1904 at Newburn near Durham.They went on to have manny more children - Mavis, Effie, Eva, Edna, Mary, John, Adam, George and Jim.I am corresponding with Eva Breen's daughters, Pauline and June. I have had no luck on the internet finding any connection with Briggs and Breen and the family living in England don't seem to know much. I am visiting England & Europe in late June/July and hoping to gain access to more records. I have been told that my grandfather John Breen(?) and his family had to leave Ireland in a hurry - something to do with the orangemen. My mother Annie (later called Nancy) had some disagreement with her father and came to Australia when she was only 21. She never went back. I still don't know when/where Mary Ann Briggs or John Breen was born. As you know even official records are not always accurate and I have found names spelt differently on different certificates. So if you think there is any connection or you can shed any light on my findings, please contact me. In the meantime, good luck with your research. It's frustrating but fun.