Genealogy Blog

Trace Your Ancestors’ Journeys in 17 Million Immigration Records

27 Aug 2014


Many of us share a common experience as descendants of immigrants who came to America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Faced with many opportunities and challenges, our ancestors uprooted themselves in hopes of making a better life for their families. Immigration records can help you trace their journeys and how their lives changed once they arrived at their final destination. As a Mocavo Basic member, you can individually search more than 17 million immigration records for free in our immigration collections.

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We asked and you answered!

23 Aug 2014

Do you have any ancestors who fought in WWI?



100 Years of Countless Bad Hairdos, Prom Queens, and Priceless Memories

18 Aug 2014


It’s that time of year when summer vacation ends and children across the country return to their classrooms for another school year. Mocavo wants to help you celebrate with our Back to School Week, highlighting some of the community’s favorite yearbook collections and pictures. Throughout the week, make sure to check out our Facebook page to see what some of your favorite celebrities looked like during their awkward years.

And don’t forget, as a Mocavo community member, you have access to the largest free online collection of yearbooks. That’s free access to more than 8.3 million pages of cheesy grins, bad hairdos, and heart-warming memories. See what your ancestors looked like, what their passions were, and what they dreamed for the future.

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Mark the Milestones in Your Ancestors’ Lives

14 Aug 2014


Vital records are a crucial piece of family history research. These important records reveal details about the significant milestones in your ancestors’ lives including births, marriages, and deaths. You can discover an ancestor’s full name, date, place of an event, and much more.

Start exploring your ancestors’ milestones now.

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We Asked and You Answered!

09 Aug 2014

Last week we asked if you had ever found a valuable family keepsake at an antique fair or eBay. Here’s what you said!

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Discover your WWI Ancestors in Thousands of Free Military Collections

06 Aug 2014


World War I ushered in a new era of armed conflict with modern machines that caused unprecedented casualties. This month marks a century since the start of the conflict in Europe and one of the best ways to pay tribute to your family’s military heroes is to discover and share their story. As a Mocavo Community member, you can learn about the lives of your ancestors who served in WWI in thousands of military records – all available for free.

Start exploring the lives of your ancestors now.

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Have you ever found a valuable family keepsake at an antique fair or eBay?

26 Jul 2014

This week we would love to know if you have found any treasures at antique fairs or on eBay.

Have you contributed to GenForum or other discussion forums?

26 Jul 2014

We asked and you answered! More than 30% of the Mocavo community has contributed to GenForum in the past, but not recently.