Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Updates and Firefox 4

Just updated the website.  Mostly changing the appearance of the Gallery and Family Events pages.  I'd been wanting to clean them up but was spurred into action by upgrading from Fire Fox 3.6 to 4.0.

I use the HTML Validator extension to check my code.  All pages had been fine before the upgrade to FF but after it gave warnings for <table> lacks summary .  Try as I would I couldn't get <table summery=photos"> to work until Cynthia Richardson pointed out that you spell summary with an a.  Thanks C.

Funny thing, when you use e,  it complains that summery is proprietary to IE. I spent a lot of time trying to work around that when I should have checked spell checked.  Live and learn.

Haven't found a theme I like on Fire Fox 4 yet.  Not sure but what 3.6 was better or maybe I was just used to it. I used the Oscar 1.9 theme on that and really liked it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Family Crest

I recently ran across a gentleman named Mike Coyne, originally from Marcellus, who sent me a version of the origin of the Coyne name.  It apparently came from the name Cadhan, which sounds like the name for a Barnacle Goose and so sometimes  Cadhan became Barnacle instead of Coyne or Cohen. I have seen this as a variation of Coyne and couldn't imagine how it could be but I guess you should never underestimate the power of mistranslations.

I had assumed the bird on the shield was a rooster, to show our fighting spirit or that we like to get up early.

Perhaps it's supposed to be a Wild Goose.  It is just sort of standing there.  Usually it has it's feet and spurs up in a fighting pose.  The Cohen Crest really looks like a duck and the spear heads are rotated 90 Deg..  Assuming both haven't been created for the tourist trade.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


This blog is my first and an experiment to see if it can more efficiently update my genealogy efforts than my website and tree.  I will still maintain the latter but they are cumbersome to update and there is no way to let people know when they are. It could also give a chance to post the family video Allie, John and I produced. So for the present, please be patient while I learn how to operate a blog.