Thursday, December 31, 2009

I've been keeping up with the rowing and completed over 600,000 meters since June. At this rate I could row 600 miles in 2010 if I combine "on the machine" and "on the water" rowing totals!

I have been using my Christmas break to work on the sketch of the Sears Family Tree. I have only been able to include descendants of Richard Sears with the surname Sears so women tend to lose out when they get married. In my database though, I carry any and all descendants of Richard.

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. Blessings for the new year as we start this decade. Where did the "naughties" go?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cape Cod Stories

I was searching for information about my favorite subject - Cape Cod Consanguinity (the relationships of one Cape Codder to another) and stumbled upon a trove of stories written in the 1920s

Pirates, geniuses, the County and others. I just finished reading the Pirates in two parts and although names are fuzzy and sometimes missing, the overall image is clear.

I hope you enjoy this new website find!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blogging is difficult - rowing is harder

Wow, I didn't realize how difficult it is to maintain a blog! I've been rowing on the Oklahoma River since June. There are hundreds of us down there every week rowing at the Chesapeake Boathouse, now home of the US Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Training Center. We row in boats that are from 20-60 feet long and about 2 feet wide known as rowing or sculling shells. A Cape Codder might look on one of these boats as quite useless but the boats do have a pedigree. Wherries have been in use since the 1500s as a means to carry people on the rivers.

The 1535 Coverdale Bible translates a portion of Ezekial as "All whirry men, and all maryners upon the see…" so I am proud to be counted as a whirry man.

The Thames Wherry of 1555 was "22½ feet long and 4½ wide 'amidships' and could carry up to five passengers."

These days our boats carry only rowers - anywhere from 1 to 8 people pulling on sculls or oars.

"During the eighteenth century rowing competitions for watermen became established on the Thames, and the prize was often a new wherry. The Sporting Magazine describes an event on 6 August 1795 as 'the contest for the annual wherry given by the Proprietors of Vauxhall by six pairs of oars in three heats'."

I've been keeping track of my progress and so far have rowed 280,000 meters (We like to count everything in meters because it looks more magnificent than just saying 175 miles).

I was in two races last Sunday, the first a mixed (men and women) quad (4x) in which we placed 6th and the second in a mixed 8+ where we took the Bronze medal. The Boot of the Oklahoma River Regatta saw teams from all over the country numbering more than 200 boats and 1300 athletes. This past week I have been sidelined with a sore wrist (some tendon is complaining) probably because I was not pulling the oar properly. So that gives me a minute to blog.

I saw a sign recently that said "Rowing never gets easier, you just go faster!" That's me. I am having withdrawals from not being out on the river.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cape Cod Folks

"Lo, on a narrer neck o' land, 'Twixt two unbounded seas, I stand!"

"Aunt Sibylla was not sporting, now, in the airy realms of metaphor. Aunt Sibylla stood upon Cape Cod, and her voice rang out with that peculiar sweep and power which the presence of a dread reality alone can give. Something of the precariousness of her situation, too, was expressed in the wild, alarming, though graceful, gesture of her arms. "

Cape Cod Folks ebook by Sarah Pratt McLean Greene(1856-1935), c. 1881

The genealogy of Cape Cod folks is a fascinating subject to me. My ancestors arrived on Cape Cod about 1639. That is 370 years of history now packed into one small county, Barnstable county, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Some of the folks never left the Cape. I just read that we can have up to 100 authors for a blog. While I usually work on Sears Family Association blog at

I thought it would fun to have a collaborative blog. Anyone want to join me? Just email