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About the Web Master
George McCartney is the owner and web master of this site, responsible for its design, coding and maintenance. While the main theme of the site is the genealogy of his branch of the McCartney family tree, it also contains articles about genealogical and historical subjects. George and his oldest son, Michael, have been researching the family genealogy for almost twenty years.
While the family originated in Northern Ireland, part of the UNited Kingdom, George was born and lives in the United States. Through a quirk of fate, Michael, though born in the US, now lives in the United Kingdom.
First, what is a colophon? According to the Mirriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, a colophon is:
colophon ~ noun
1: an inscription placed at the back of a book or manuscript usu. with facts about its production
2: an identifying mark, emblem, or device used by a printer or publisher
The second definition, that of a mark, emblem or device, is pertinent to our usage of the word. The colophon we have chosen is an ink and pastel chalk drawing of a bootmaker. The sketch, based on a statue in London, England, was drawn by the webmaster.
The cordwainer, more commonly known as a shoemaker, was a much followed profession in the webmaster's ancestry. Going back six generations, to the early 1800's, we have encoutered five bootmakers in the family. These included our great grandfather, his father, his brother, his grandfather and one of his uncles.
Other McCartneys from County Antrim, who we suspect are related but have not yet confirmed, were cordwainers. With so many McCartney shoe and boot makers, is there any wonder as to why we selected the cordwainer as our colophon? We think it is quite an appropriate choice.
The pen-and-chalk sketch shown was drawn by the web master. It is based on a statue in front of the Cordwainers Hall in London, England.
About the Site
This site is hosted by GoDaddy. They offer many levels of hosting, from the personal to the professional level, domain registration and much more, all at very reasonable rates.
The coding for the site is HTML 5.0. An external cascading stylesheet (CSS 3) has been used and where necessary page-specific styles or line-specific styles are also used. More importantly, since frames may cause problems in some browsers, none were used on this site.
The site is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher. Most pages can be viewed at 800 x 600, but some do not degrade well. This is especially true for the pages which use forms such as the "Contact Us" page.