Mocavo – A Free Genealogy and Ancestry Search Engine

We’ve all tried Google, and we’ve tried Bing and various other search engines, as well as Ancestry, FindMyPast and other similar sites … but have your tried the latest in genealogy search engines … MOCAVO? I’m guessing most of you won’t, so let me tell you a little about Mocavo.com.

Mocavo is the world’s first and largest genealogy search engine. One that indexes billions of names and is the fastest search in the industry by more than x10. Having only launched in March 2011 they’ve created an amazing service, and users love it!!

The question I can hear you asking (as I did myself) is “why not just use Google?” Mocavo’s creators say that Google only indexes about 5% of the web’s genealogical content, which of course millions and millions of pages out there with no way to be searched, indexed or researched by the people who want this content the most.

Mocavo.com is free (although there is a paid version “Mocavo Plus” which does require a yearly subscription, and gives you access to “even deeper records”), the regular one simply requires your name and email. So if you visit www.mocavo.com and type in your name, place or topic of interest, and watch the search results appear. All results come from industry sources such as genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various US State Archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals will be displayed. Similar to other search engines, Mocavo.com honors site owners by linking directly to their content. While this site is created in the US, you might be thinking “oh no, not another US-centric site”, but trust me, give it a go as there is PLENTY of Australian content on Movaco already, and it just keeps growing.

Cliff Shaw, founder and CEO of Mocavo.com says

“genealogy has always had the problem of information and potential clues being spread across thousands of disparate web sites and sources. Imagine a world where you have all of the Web’s free genealogy content at your fingertips within seconds. That is Mocavo.com. Mocavo.com has the capacity to index every single piece of free genealogy content found anywhere on the web, and will be growing by leaps and bounds in the coming months”, said Mr. Shaw. “We expect Mocavo.com to shortly offer all of the web’s free genealogy information, searchable and accessible to all – something that has never been done before. It’s set to become the go-to search engine for every family history enthusiast.”

Shortly after it’s launch world-renowned geneablogger Dick Eastman (author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) wrote

“All my future genealogy searches will start on Mocavo.com. I’ve been using the site for a while during its testing and have been very impressed. I suspect you will always have better luck searching for your own surnames of interest on Mocavo.com than on any other search engine.”

And author of the popular Genea-Musing blog, Randy Seaver said,

“Mocavo.com promises to be a genealogist’s dream – a search engine focused on free online genealogy resources.”

So do yourself a favour, forget the fact “that you’ve searched EVERYWHERE” for a few minutes … go to www.mocavo.com, and try it for yourself.

SUGGEST A SITE
Mocavo know they don’t list ‘everything’ yet, and as such are asking for suggestions of sites to list. You can add your own site, or those that aren’t already, but submitting them to: http://www.mocavo.com/suggest.

MOCAVO GOES MOBILE
If you do your genealogy on-the-go, then you’ll love Mocavo’s app that is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can download the Mocavo App from the iTunes store. Android users, stay tuned, there is a version for you coming in the very near future.

RELATED LINKS
Press Release for Mocavo’s launch
– Articles about Mocavo by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
– Article about Mocavo by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

2 thoughts on “Mocavo – A Free Genealogy and Ancestry Search Engine

  1. I seek info on burials in Pontiac , CAN in 1850-1875. Is there an index of names somewhere? Can I find places of births and/or marriages from burial records in CAN?
    Than you,
    Kel Dagg

  2. I would start by looking at the CanadaGenWeb site http://www.canadagenweb.org/, as that has lots of info and lots of links. But for free records you can see what FamilySearch already has online: https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=CANADA

    But generally get in though with Genealogy Groups or Societies in the region, ask the questions, and more often than not people will help you.

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