John Donne (and Jon Bon Jovi) said that no man is an island. With Mocavo’s newly introduced Surname Groups, you don’t have to be stranded on your own genealogical island. Mocavo’s Surname Groups help you tap into the collective knowledge of thousands of other genealogists who have also stumbled through the same genealogy quandaries perplexing you.
Some of you may be familiar with Mocavo Forums, which we launched late last year. Mocavo Surname Groups are the result of feedback and experimentation from Mocavo Forums, which are now retired. If you posted any questions in Mocavo Forums, be sure to check out the new Surname Groups. There’s also a new twist in our Surname Groups that allows the most valuable content to float to the top of the page. You can vote positively or negatively on each question and answer. As a result, the most popular questions and most relevant answers rise to the top so that you don’t have to dig through heaps of information to find the good stuff. Next to each question or answer within a Surname Group, you will see arrows. If you find a question you are interested in or response that is particularly helpful, you can “vote it up” so that more people will see it. If you find a question to be wildly off topic or unhelpful or if you think an answer is inaccurate, you can “vote it down” so that it will migrate to the bottom of the page. The topics at the top of the page will be the ones with the highest number of “up” votes so that you can quickly see the most valuable questions and answers.
Aside from the convenience of being able to see the most valuable information right at the top of the page, there are some other cool tidbits in Mocavo Surname Groups:
- You can tag your query by specific regions or types of genealogical research.
- You can edit your queries, if you wish to update information
- You can also post comments to queries, instead of just answers if you have a question about a query or need some clarification.
- A reputation score is attached to each Mocavo community member. You can earn reputation points if your answer is voted up or accepted, and you also earn points when you post a query or accept an answer.
- Best of all, in the answers or comments, you can add photos or documents for easy reference.