Genealogy Blog

WorldCat: Window to the World’s Records

31 Jan 2012

In 1967, the nonprofit Ohio College Library Center was formed. Their goal was to create a computerized network for Ohio libraries to participate in. Today, its name changed to the Online Computer Library Center, the cooperative venture boasts 72,000 participating libraries from 170 countries and territories around the world.

For individuals, OCLC provides an incredible service with their free online catalog. WorldCat currently contains more than 256 million bibliographic records representing more than 1.8 billion holdings in these libraries. One new record is added every ten seconds.

These records include published works as well as other materials in the libraries’ collections. Many libraries also provide online access to images of materials from their collection, making the catalog even more valuable.

WorldCat is completely free to use. Registering and creating a profile, however, provides some additional benefits. For example, when you put in your zip code, the results will include a list of repositories that hold the work, starting with those closest to you.

The catalog is available at, but family historians new to the site would do well to visit There you will find more information about WorldCat specific to your family history research.

Mocavo Adds Support for Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy & Other Programs

30 Jan 2012

Let’s face it: GEDCOM files are pretty tedious to build. In the past, Mocavo required you to have a GEDCOM file in order to upload your family tree to our database. But now, we’re proud to announce we’ve reached the dawn of a new era.

Today, Mocavo launches multi-format family tree file support. From this day on, we’ll be taking the burden of creating a specific file format in order to share your findings with the world. This means you can continue to work in your favorite software and update your tree on our system anytime.

The programs we’ll be supporting all version (more…)

FamilySearch Updates Website

29 Jan 2012

You may not have noticed, but FamilySearch has updated their home page, making it much easier to navigate their online records. At the bottom of the home page, the Browse by Location feature used to have seven sections. It now has ten.

The British Isles have been subdivided from Europe. Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. were previously lumped together. Each now has its own section. And when you click on the United States, for example, you will find a list of the states on the left. Clicking on the name of a state limits the databases that appear in the list to (more…)

Introducing Michael J. Leclerc

26 Jan 2012

I started researching my family history in the dark ages, B.C. E. (Historians use this acronym to signify Before Common Era, but genealogists use it to signify Before Computers Everywhere!). I am so excited to be starting the next stage of my career at Mocavo, definitely a C.E. (Computers Everywhere) company.

For those unfamiliar with me, I have been a professional genealogist since the early 1990s. While at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, I was privileged to lead a number of projects, starting in the late 1990s when we made major acquisitions that quadrupled the microtext holdings of original records.

In (more…)

Mocavo Expands Leadership Team with Industry Veterans

25 Jan 2012

This morning, Mocavo released a PR statement on, discussing our two newest additions to our already fantastic team. Read more about it out below:

Mocavo, the world’s largest free genealogy search engine, today announced the appointment of Ryan Hunter as COO and Michael Leclerc as Chief Genealogist. Hunter joins Mocavo after four years as a Wall Street Analyst preceded by thirteen years of operational experience in the Technology Industry. Leclerc joins Mocavo after fifteen years with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

“After four years on Wall Street as an armchair quarterback, I am excited to have the opportunity to help build (more…)

Mocavo Hires World-Renowned Genealogist, Michael J. Leclerc, as Chief Genealogist

16 Jan 2012

Back in July, Dick Eastman wrote an article bidding renowned genealogist and friend Michael J. Leclerc adieu from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, mentioning his adventures to come. Six months later, our team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be accompanying Leclerc in his future adventures.

Michael has officially joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist and will be working with us to help bring you the richest experience that the genealogical world has to offer. We’re ecstatic to be working with such an industry guru, and our entire team is very excited with what Mocavo will bring to the field of genealogy (more…)

For 24 Hours Only… $20 Off Your Mocavo Plus Subscription!

11 Jan 2012

Today we’ve got something special for Mocavo users: Have you been itching to try Mocavo Plus but the price is just a little out of your reach after all your holiday spending? Well we’ve got the cure.

For the next 24 hours only, by clicking on this special link, you’ll be able to purchase your Mocavo Plus subscription for $20 off our already special introductory pricing! That’s $59.95 for a whole year of advanced Mocavo searches, features & more.

Excited? We are too! But remember, this link will only work for a limited time, so be sure to purchase your Mocavo Plus subscription (more…)