Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport Museum


Mayflower II
Mayflower II

I recently was invited to view the Mayflower II, currently under renovation at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.

I’m grateful for the invitation from fellow Geneablogger, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, of Nutfield Genealogy Blog. She and her husband Vincent, kindly became my guide and chauffeur for the day. I had not seen either the Mayflower or Mystic in decades. The day turn out beautiful in weather [a few showers,] learning opportunities and overall enjoyment of each others company.

Heather has written a wonderful overview of the Mayflower preservation efforts on her blog site, Nutfield Genealogy. I will not duplicate her efforts.

Vincent and Heather Wilkinson Rojo
Vincent and Heather Wilkinson Rojo

After a warm welcome in the Vistor’s Center we met up with the Plimoth Plantation staff, our host for the day, we proceeded to the Shipyard. While listening to the presentation about their preservation work, I turned around and saw the Mayflower II. Feelings of longing came over me. I still need to find the reported direct line ancestor to the Mayflower. I have found many cousin lines, but sadly, not my direct line.

Mayflower II: My first look
Mayflower II: My first look
Mayflower II: another look
Mayflower II: another look

The Mayflower II welcomed us like old friends.

Heather and Vincent boarding the Mayflower
Heather and Vincent boarding the Mayflower

There is a beautiful view from the Mayflower II of Mystic

View from the Mayflower II
View from the Mayflower II

The preservation crew use old and new style tools in the renovations.

"Tween" Deck 1
“Tween” Deck 1
"Tween" Deck 2
“Tween” Deck 2

The “tween” deck, also known as the gun deck, offers a view of how the Pilgrims lived. Imagine 102 cooking, all the passengers and crew quarters, their belongings, and animals living and the gun in one small space. [They had more room than those aboard the “Arbella” with 125 passengers, and a smaller vessel. This was one of the ships my ancestors came over on ten years later.]

Cooking aboard ship
Cooking aboard ship

The Cooking area is being used for storage during renovations.

Gun Ports
Gun Ports

The gun ports were numbered.


The gun room is located where you saw the Emblem in the photograph above [Mayflower II another look.]

Whit Perry gave a very informative overview of the Mayflower and the Mayflower II.

Whit Perry
Whit Perry

Whit Perry is the director of maritime preservation and operations. He is giving an overview of his crew on the days restoration and work projects.


The Capstan [circular log sharped column in the center of the ship. You can see some of the new live oak boards for needed repairs to the Mayflower II. The haven’t seasoned, yet, to the dark shade you see on the older boards around the ship.

The cargo hold was below the “Tween” Deck via a cargo hold hatch.

Cargo Hold
Cargo Hold
Fore Mast
Fore Mast

To see more views and cut a way views of the Mayflower visit this page “The Mayflower Voyage.” It describes what the ship better than I can is words.

Live Oak from South Carolina 600 years old
Live Oak from South Carolina 600 years old
Live oak history
Live oak history

What is ‘live oak”? Why is it so important in the preservation of the Mayflower II [and even in restoring “Old Ironside.”]?

Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation, tells us that live oak is one of the reasons the restorations take so long to complete. They need to find the Live Oak trees in a size that can accommodate the making of new boards for the Mayflower. This keeps the authenticity of the ship by doing so. It is an ongoing global search to fine them.

Richard Pickering Heather Wilkson Rojo and Vincent Rojo
Richard Pickering Heather Wilkson Rojo and Vincent Rojo

If truly curious:

Please visit:

Heather Wilkson Rojo’s Blog posts about the Mayflower II in dry dock, and her most recent post “The Mayflower II under renovation at the Mystic Seaport shipyard,”

Plimoth Plantation’s website about the Mayflower II,

Watch the Mystic Seaport video of the Mayflower II restoration,

To donate to the Mayflower restoration project go the “The Mayflower II Restoration” web page,

Click on the links embedded in my blog post such as; live oak, the Mayflower cross view and a few others.

I hope the pictorial narrative helps you in better understanding the efforts put into preserving a national monument, The Mayflower II.” It is important that we save our heritage. many building, covered bridges and building have been lost more to decay and neglect, than to any other cause.

Thank you Heather Wilkinson Rojo and Vincent Rojo for you photography, invitation and pleasant company for our day at Mystic Seaport Museum/Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

Published under creative common license

June Stearns Butka, “Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport Museum,” Damegussie Genealogy Rants, posted 12 May 2016, (accessed 12 May 2016.)











Day 36 of 365 Days of June: Thank You Genealogy Peers


Indexing: A New Batch to Start

Here are the links of my Blog Posts that I created for this project. When I review my post, it seems like my thought process is a little scattered. May it is. My goals in writing about my family history research included; my approach to research, capturing family traditions, memories and stories, getting my research organized for future generations, the importance of finding the first four generations medical history and giving back to the genealogy community. How I plan my week is divided into daily goals.

  1. Each day of the week is set aside for eight grandparents lineage [at least one new member updated daily per grandparent line.]
  2. I save Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for Webinars and indexing [for Family Search or Find-A-Grave] in addition to the daily family additions.
  3. Some weeks I stay on track better than others. Life and family time comes first.
  4. A day of Rest usually means I complete the daily family addition, scan or organize my digital photos [1-2 hours spread out over the day.] There are some days that nothing gets done. Don’t fret about it. It will be there when you get back to it.
  5. Finally Getting Organized with DearMyrtle

Most of my work periods are set to 15 minute intervals [you can get a lot done in that time.] My blog post usually take about an hour, sometimes more if verifying information. The hardest part for me, still remains the proper citation for sources. I lean toward using the links available in my blog post saving the proper citations for my family tree program. It is an ongoing challenge and process of updating to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained citation format. I began my research in the mid 1970’s with the college style citations. At least I was citing my sources back then or it would be even more difficult to cite the sources now.

I hope my overview of my approach is helpful to newbies to genealogy. I know that the support of people like DearMyrtle, Cousin Russ, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo, Geoff Rasmussen, Lisa Louise Cooke, the,, Legacy, RootsMagic teams, my Geneablogger Peers, along with many others in the genealogy world, provided and continue to provide that support to me.

I want to give a special shout out to Heather Wilkinson Rojo  of NutfieldGenealogy  for warmly welcoming me to the Special Interest Group of Geneabloogers at my first New England Genealogy Conference  [2011] in Manchester, New Hampshire. I met so many interesting genealogy peers that night. I started my first blog about genealogy with their encouragement. I learned so much about researching on-line, citing source the genealogy way, and that I wasn’t alone in my passion of genealogy.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support over the years.

1 Jan – 31 Jan 2016

#365daysofJuneday1 Welcome 2016!
#365daysofJuneday2 Tree People, That’s Me!
#365daysofJuneday3 Sit and Chat A While
#365daysofJuneday4 Tea Is Just Not Tea
#365daysofjuneday5  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 1
​#365daysofjuneday6  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 2
​#365daysofjuneday7  Cooking Time With the Family Challenge
#365daysofjuneday8  Family Time Memories
​#365daysofjuneday9  Organized, Me? It might happen in 2016
​#365daysofjuneday10  Town or County Clerk-Oh, No!
​#365daysofjuneday11  De-cluttering = Disencumbering Your E-mails, too!
​#365daysofjuneday12  Maps = Clues to Family’s Life
​#365daysofjuneday13  It’s In The Records. So…
​#365daysofjuneday14  A Day of Rest
#365daysofjuneday15 What, She is Married?
​#365daysofjuneday16 Family Tree Done!!! Really?
​#365daysofjuneday17 K.I.S.S. Method of Genealogy-My Way!
​#365daysofjuneday18 Family and Humor
​#365daysofjuneday19 Remembering Our Pets-Tess
#365daysofjuneday20 Remembering Our Pets-Yoda
#365daysofjuneday21 Remebering Our Pets-Duchess
#365daysofjuneday22 Horsing Around can lead to…
#365daysofjuneday23 Transcribing Everything is the Key!
#365daysofjuneday24 Tess and Yoda Cuddling
#365daysofjuneday25 Pictorial of Nelson William Stearns
#365daysofjuneday26 Shooting in the Woods: He made it out alone
#365daysofjuneday27_ Snapshot of My Family Stats
#365daysofjuneday28_ From A Distance: The Challenger Remembered 30 years later
#365daysofjuneday29_Teenagers and Haunted Places
#365daysofjuneday30_Finally Getting organized with Dear Myrtle-Update
#365daysofjuneday31 Day of Rest – Sorta

1 Feb – 29 Feb 2016

#365daysofjuneday32 First Day of the Month = Backup Time
#365daysofjuneday33_Finally Getting Organized: Packing Slips and Genealogy Research
#365daysofjuneday34_Transcriptions of a Different Kind: Find-A-Grave
#365daysofjuneday35 Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized

Source citations:

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

My Life after Mondays with Mryt

 Dear Myrtle

Is there life after Mondays with Myrt?


Yes and No. If you want to get your housework, grocery shopping or any other of life’s activity done I would consider doing it the day before or maybe delegate it to someone else. Who wants to do the daily routine when you can become immersed yourself into the world of genealogy and researching your ancestors? Not me.


Who is Myrt? She is Dear Myrtle, your friend in genealogy. She makes everyone feel welcome to her Hangouts on Air whether you are an experienced genealogist or just a family hobbyist looking for your ancestors. I am the second type of visitor to her site. I wish I had found her back in 1997 when I began researching my family history. She would have saved me so many hours of work.


I the three Hangouts out that I have been to Dear Mryt provided me with hours of productive instruction of what not to do. Sorry what I should do to organize myself, research my elusive ancestors, jump a brick wall or just relax and enjoy the journey.



When Monday rolled around before Mryt; I would wake up around 4:30 in the morning turn on the computer and start my daily journey of the web.  I would check e-mails, facebook and my blogs I like to follow, admittedly not many back then. When that was completed in less than fifteen minutes I would begin editing my subjective historical novel about Isaac and Mary Stearns.  Yoda, my Italian Greyhound, would wake up about 6:30 which required me to take him for his first walk of the day, feed him and then return to my writing until my husband would greet the morning about 9:00. Of course I would feed him, he walked himself to the computer and I would start my morning routine.  I will not bore you with the minute details of house cleaning; I think you get the idea. When he left for work around 11:00  I would go back on the computer and continue writing until noon time taking Yoda for his second walk of the day, his play time and my feed time.  My afternoon was usually spent typing the novel or reading a book to verify facts or for my pleasure.




Now you wouldn’t think that my routine would change much because I decided to join Mondays with Mryt.  Well think again.


Since I started following Dear Myrtle Genealogy Community, I spend my days following one link after another, learning new and streamlined ways to do my family research, improve my blogs, see how others write their blogs and do their family research.


Where in the State is Mom blogspot



My Monday morning still includes feeding Yoda and my husband, taking Yoda for a walk while my husband is on the computer but that is about it. My fifteen minutes of computer time is now closer to two hours once I get done following the links from my new online buddies.  I could be learning how:



  1. to organize from The Organized Genealogist” on Facebook
  2. about Evidentia at
  3. If I had only known then what I do now from   Family Search
  5.  watching webinars from   Legacy Family Search,
  6. reading about Lost Babes…
  7. Nutfield Genealogy from


These are just a few of the sites that I have checked out since I went to the New England Genealogy Conference three weeks ago. Thank you Heather of Nutfield Genealogy for inviting me to the Blogging workshop. That is how I connected with so many fun people, Dear Myrtle Genealogy blog and made so many new “Cousins.”


After today’s Monday with Myrt I copied and pasted the following links into an e-mail to myself. I can now take the next week following their leads to creative ideas, jumping bricks walls and tweaking my blogs. Dear Myrtle ends her hangout with Happy Genealogy Tree climbing. I think that is good advice that I shall follow.

Video of blog making

#genchat every other Friday night!

YouTube Making Sense of Google+ Hangouts on Air for Hangout on Air information


Hangout video

It is now 6:oo and I’m finishing up my Monday with Myrt with this blog. I’m off to feed the household, walk the dog and maybe check out a link or two. Happy Family Tree climbing everyone.