Genealogy Blog

Want help with your research? Download your free summer research guide now

24 Jul 2015


Summer is one of the biggest times for genealogy travel. If you are lucky enough to get away, read the Mocavo Summer Research Guide to discover some key tips and tricks to help you have a stress-free research trip.

Can’t get away this summer? No problem! There are many ways you can still “travel” from the comfort of your home. Download the Mocavo Summer Research Guide to find out how you can still take a genealogy research “trip” of your own this summer.

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To help get your research off on the right foot this summer, we’re offering a special discount to Mocavo Basic members. Enjoy your first month of Mocavo Gold for only 99 cents.


Celebrate Summer with a Free Access Weekend!

17 Jul 2015

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Back by popular demand, all Mocavo Basic members can now access all of the premium Mocavo Gold features for free until Monday at 11PM ET. This means you can search our extensive collection of more than 6 billion names, activate search notifications for automatic discoveries, download and print any document you find, and much more!

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Need some extra help using Mocavo Gold?

If you would like to get the most out of the Mocavo Gold Free Access Weekend, check out these easy-to-follow guides!

Read the Guide to Mocavo Gold Search

Watch a Short Video About Mocavo Gold Faceted Search

Trouble Accessing Mocavo Gold? Check Out These Quick Tips

These premium search features are generally available to Mocavo Gold members. If you decide that you enjoy the premium features of Mocavo Gold, consider joining our revolution and becoming a part of the Mocavo Gold community.

Join us at Global Family Reunion this Saturday

31 May 2015

A message from A.J. Jacobs and our Global Family Reunion friends –

You’re invited to a one-of-a-kind event, that the New York Times called an “ancestry Lollapallooza” and has been featured on NPR, CNN, People, Good Morning America and many more.

As a Mocavo Community member, you can enjoy 25% off your Global Family Reunion ticket.

Take advantage of this exclusive offer now

Come join us in New York on Saturday, June 6th to enjoy the following events and much, much more!

  • Get to meet Mocavo and Findmypast staff and get a crash course in the newest exciting features.
  • Get to meet cousins you never knew you had
  • Hear from more than 30 family history all-stars, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Josh Taylor of Genealogy Roadshow and Findmypast, DNA experts such as CeCe Moore and George Church of Harvard.
  • Be entertained by celebrities including David Blaine, humorist Andy Borowitz, the Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj, Dr. Oz, Marilu Henner, Lisa Loeb and Sister Sledge (of “We Are Family” fame).
  • Break world records for biggest gathering of related people and most people to sing “We Are Family”
  • Get the new Cousins app from Findmypast, which allows you to quickly figure out how you are cousins with other people who own the app.
  • Enjoy over 400 activities and exhibits for all ages, including scavenger hunts, mini-golf trivia, sports and a kids area by Big City Moms. Plus all the facilities of one of the top 10 science museums in the world, the New York Hall of Science.
  • Sample food from all over the globe, including Italian, Korean, Indian, Thai, Columbian and Greek.
  • Do it for a good cause: All proceeds go to battling Alzheimer’s

Remember, you can take advantage of our exclusive discount here –

We hope to see you there!

U.S. Federal Census Images & Viewer Now Free For Everyone Forever

22 May 2015


Today, we are thrilled to announce that for the first time anywhere, the indexes and images for all United States Federal Census are now available for free to everyone.

Search the Census Now

Thanks to the support of loyal community members like you, our promise to make more content available online for free remains as strong as ever.

We’re continuing the fight to bring billions of records, stories, and images to the world, and today’s announcement is a big one for us and – we hope – the community we care so much about.

Search the Census here and explore the images using our Census Viewer for free.

If you are interested in supporting our mission further, sign up for Mocavo Gold, and for a limited time only, get Mocavo Gold for 6 months for only $6.

If you have any questions, we’re happy to help. Simply call us at 1-866-279-4013.

We hope you have a lovely weekend full of discoveries!
-The Mocavo Team

Three Tips for Searching with Mocavo Basic

20 May 2015

When content goes online at Mocavo, it becomes free forever. Let’s be clear — we don’t just mean free for now. We’re making a radical departure from the status quo of how content is controlled in the genealogy industry, which is why when Mocavo brings content online, it’s free for everyone to enjoy forever.

As a Mocavo Basic member, you can search any individual database at one time. This means that you can search the Texas Death Index (or tens of thousands of other databases) to your heart’s content for free. Here are three easy steps to help you get the most out of searching with Mocavo Basic.

1. Visit to browse all of our different record collections. You can browse by category, location, or date. Select an area to start your search.

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2. Once you have chosen a particular category, browse the list of individual databases until you find one that you believe is relevant to your search. Click on the title and you will be redirected to a search page for the individual database.

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3. Now you are free to search the collection to your heart’s content. When applicable, you can select search terms specific to an individual database from a dropdown or autofill menu. These menus standardize how each search parameter is written, helping you create accurate and relevant searches.

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If you run in to any trouble, do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-866-279-4013 or send us a note at Happy searching!

Happy Anniversary to Mocavo Fireside Chats – Watch All Videos Now

09 Jan 2015


We are thrilled to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Fireside Chat online video series! One year ago, in support of our Free Forever mission, we decided to offer our Fireside Chats to the entire genealogy community for free, forever. Throughout the past year, we’ve enjoyed hosting many delightful guests who shared expert advice about their own family history experiences and insightful research tips.

To celebrate our one year anniversary, we are sharing the five most watched Fireside Chat videos of 2014. So, we invite you to grab your popcorn and notepads, find a comfy chair, and catch up on your favorite episodes now!

Watch All Episodes Now

1. Get the Inside Scoop on DNA with Special Guest Blaine Bettinger – Watch Now

2. Find out how the law can impact your genealogical research with The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell – Watch Now

3. Identify how technology can make your research easier with top genealogy blogger Dick Eastman – Watch Now

4. Discover the history behind Cyndi’s List and more with founder Cyndi Ingle – Watch Now

5. Uncover your ancestors in railroad records with Paula Stuart-Warren – Watch Now

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

13 Dec 2014


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!

Unlock the 1790-1820 Census Images Now

Happy holidays from the Mocavo team!

Let Family Photographs Guide Your Family Storytelling this Holiday Season

27 Nov 2014


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


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!


To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, please register for a free Findmypast account at

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


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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