Genealogy Blog

Mocavo Community: You Rock. We’ve Got A Little Present For You…

28 Feb 2012

I really feel as though we can never say it enough: We love our community. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, RSS subscribers and of course, each and every one of you who has a Mocavo account. We simply adore you guys!

Once again, we’d like to celebrate all of you, who play such a pivotal role in making our genealogy revolution possible. Starting today, we’re giving all of you 50% off a Mocavo Plus yearly subscription. You read right: 50% off! All you have to do is enter the discount code PLUS2012 at mocavo.com/order and reap the benefits of being a part of (more…)

Thank You Randy Seaver (And All Genealogists) For Adding A Mocavo Widget!

28 Feb 2012

It’s been just over a week since Mocavo released it’s genealogy search widgets to the public and boy, what an enthusiastic welcome they’ve gotten! With over 4 dozen site owners and bloggers adding it to their pages, we’re on our way to making the genealogy world more accessible and easier to search than ever before.

We’d especially like to thank Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings for adding the Mocavo search widget to his site. As a huge name in the genealogy world, Randy is known for his constant stream of fabulous research tips, tricks, genealogy news, humor, commentary and more. If you haven’t (more…)

A Rhine Romance: Tracing My German History In Ever-Opulant Wiesbaden

27 Feb 2012

Daily Mail contributor Miranda Seymour recently went to Germany combining a holiday with a mission: to find English connections to the people her family called their “German Cousins.” Her family took her to several places, and she found the house which her 88-year-old mother used to visit as a child. You can read the full story in the Daily Mail.

International Experience at WDYTYA? Live!

27 Feb 2012

The 2012 Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference wrapped up yesterday after three very busy days. Final numbers haven’t yet been released, but in side discussions, most people agreed that attendance was about the same as last year. The new managers of the conference instituted some changes. One of the best was to redesign the space, and add additional space. This allowed for better traffic flow, making it much easier to move around the stands and get from place to place. There was much more seating for taking a break from wandering around the large, two-level hall and have (more…)

Who Do You Think You Are, Live!

26 Feb 2012

Cliff and I have been at Who Do You Think You Are, Live! this week. It is an amazing show. WDYTYAL brings in the doors in a single day what RootsTech does in the entire conference. Unlike American conferences, the show focuses primarily on the exhibit hall, with presentations being made inside the hall itself.

Ancestry.co.uk is the primary sponsor of the show and has a great presence at the show. Their stand is full of staff and volunteers showing people the newest resources available on the British site. Attendees are invited to step into the “Diary Room” to record their thoughts (more…)

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter Conference, Here We Come!

23 Feb 2012

We are honored to be included as presenters at the 29th annual Venture Capital in the Rockies Conference, (or #VCIR for all you following along on Twitter.) Mocavo, along with 23 other start-ups, will present to prospective investors at the conference next week in Beaver Creek, CO. As you know, we are growing in leaps and bounds and VCIR lets us tell our story to investors who will partner with us to build a better Mocavo for our subscribers. You can learn more about the conference at http://www.vcirwinter.com.

New Genealogy Blog at TNA

22 Feb 2012

The National Archives of England and the United Kingdom last week launched a new blog that will be of interest to genealogists. Providing insight into the collections at TNA, as well as research tips and news of interest to family historians. Posts are made by different TNA staff members. Recent posts have included stories on archives services of the future, MI5 records about Charlie Chaplin, and one on a map of London landmarks published on the back of a lady’s glove in 1851.

Sure to be a big hit are posts by the ever-popular Audrey Collins. Her first post, “When Genealogy Meets (more…)

40 Days to the 1940 U.S. Census Release

21 Feb 2012

In just over a month, the 1940 census will become available to the public for the first time. Like the 1930 census, no name index was ever created for this census. Archives.com, FamilySearch, and FindMyPast.com are sponsoring a project to create a free index to this census. You can find out more about participating in this indexing project at the1940census.com.

The schedule itself asks 34 questions. 13 of these applied only to those age 14 or older, and asked questions about employment status. The remaining questions are the usual ones concerning name, age, education, place of birth, citizenship, etc. Five of the (more…)

Why Widgets? Insight From Mocavo’s CEO

20 Feb 2012

Yesterday, with much excitement and enthusiasm from the genealogy community, we introduced to the world Mocavo’s search widgets. With coverage from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, word is spreading like wildfire and multiple search widgets have already been spotted on genealogy sites across the web.

Which sites, you might ask? Check out The Family Recorder, proudly displaying the Mocavo search on their homepage. Also, sampubco.com has added Mocavo to their array of other search methods. These are just two of many. Looks great, don’t you think? We certainly do.

Many people have been wondering why Mocavo would create such a widget for public (more…)

Genealogy Society Finds Remnants of Cemetery

20 Feb 2012

Preservation is a major part of what genealogists do, and genealogical societies play an important role in this process. Members of the Aiken Barnwell Genealogy Society in South Carolina recently found a few remnants of local history tucked away behind trees and brush in a forgotten corner of Aiken County property while searching for the Aiken County Home. They have found remnants of the Farm’s cemetery. You can read more in the Aiken Standard.