Genealogy Blog

Celebrate the holiday season with Mocavo’s 12 Days of Census

13 Dec 2014

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We want to thank you for a wonderful year while also sprinkling in a dash of holiday spirit. Join us as we celebrate the “12 Days of Census.”

For twelve joyous days, we are opening the Mocavo Census Viewer to the entire Mocavo community. Each day between now and December 24th, we will unlock a new decade of United States Federal census images. Once a decade is unlocked, all community members will be able to access the images through the Mocavo Census Viewer for free.

On December 24th, enjoy completely unrestricted access to all Mocavo census images and the Mocavo Census Viewer for one special day. To get the festivities rolling, today we unlocked the first four census decades – 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1820!

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Happy holidays from the Mocavo team!

Let Family Photographs Guide Your Family Storytelling this Holiday Season

27 Nov 2014

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The holidays are the perfect time of year to gather your loved ones around a cozy fire and take a glimpse into the lives of your family members. One of our favorite holiday pastimes is sharing family photographs that have been passed down from generation to generation. Photographs breathe life into the stories of our ancestors, helping us imagine their courageous journeys and unique experiences. Some wonderful resources that are full of photographs include yearbooks and Navy cruise books.

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As a Mocavo Community member you have access to the largest free online collection of yearbooks and more than 1,000 Navy cruise books. That’s free access to more than 8 million pages full of delightful photographs that give life to our family members’ stories. See what your grandparents looked like, what their passions were, and what they dreamed for the future. Then, don’t forget to share their stories with your family this holiday season.

Findmypast Free Access Weekend – Discover 2 Billion Records Now

07 Nov 2014

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We are delighted to share some very exciting news from our Findmypast family! For the first time ever, Findmypast is offering unlimited free access to their unique collection of more than two billion records. That means from now until 7 A.M. Monday, November 10th (EST), you will have free access to all of the Findmypast historical collections, including:

  • Global record sets such as census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of local newspaper pages from around the globe spanning 1710 to 2014.
  • The largest collection of local records from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the U.S. Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index)
  • And much, much more!

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To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, please register for a free Findmypast account at www.findmypast.com/freeweekend

In addition, you can tune in to the Findmypast Live Broadcast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 8th (EST), where some of our family history experts will be giving you advice to help you make the most of your research.

To find out more about this free access and the Live Broadcast, visit the Findmypast Free Weekend page today.

We wish you a wonderful weekend full of new discoveries.

Chilling Ghost Stories + A Halloween Special Treat

31 Oct 2014

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Halloween is here, bringing with it a haunting chill in the air, full of ghoulish creatures and frightening tales. Believe it or not, many of our ancestors wrote about their own unexplained encounters with the paranormal, often scribbling down their stories in their personal memoirs. Discover the accounts of strange ghostly figures and haunted houses in our collection of more than 240,000 historical books.

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To help you get into the Halloween spirit here are some of our favorite ghost stories from the Mocavo collection.

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We Asked and You Answered! When did your ancestors immigrate to the United States?

20 Sep 2014

Last week we asked the Mocavo Community to share when their ancestors immigrated to the United States. Here is what you said!

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Travel Back in Time to See What Life Was Like for Your Ancestors

16 Sep 2014

Family history is a rich subject that spans across many centuries. One of the most exciting parts of researching our ancestry is the ability to trace multiple lines as far back in time as possible. At Mocavo, you can access record collections and historical information that span the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, and more! Discover the rich history of your family’s past now.

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When did your family immigrate to the United States?

06 Sep 2014

This week we would like to know a little bit more about your family’s immigration history. Check back next week to see how you compare with the rest of the genealogy community.

We asked and you answered!

06 Sep 2014

Last week we asked what you were planning to do with your personal library once you no longer needed it. Here is what you said!

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Follow the Footsteps of Your Ancestors in Millions of Land Records

05 Sep 2014

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Land records can be very helpful when you are trying to pinpoint the location of an ancestor at a particular point in time. You can use these records to trace the migration patterns of your ancestors as well as identify familial relationships. As a Mocavo Basic member, you can individually search each database to your heart’s content for free. Piece together the mystery of your family’s puzzle today with free access to more than 3.25 million land records.

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What did your ancestors do to bring home the bacon?

01 Sep 2014

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One of the best parts of family history research is finding out more information than just the dates and places of their births, marriages, and deaths. Occupational records offer insight into the daily lives of our ancestors. As a Mocavo Basic member, you can individually search more than 420,000 databases to your heart’s content for free to discover your family’s stories. From their first job, to the day they retired, find out what your ancestors did to bring home the bacon.

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