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!

Unlock the 1790-1820 Census Images Now

Happy holidays from the Mocavo team!

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.

Celebrate Family History Month with an Open Access Weekend

16 Oct 2014

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What better way to celebrate Family History Month than with an Open Access Weekend? From now until Monday at 11:00PM ET, you can enjoy complimentary access to all Mocavo Gold search features and the brand new Mocavo Census Viewer! Customarily you need to be a Mocavo Gold member to search all of our fascinating content at once, but for this weekend only, you can search more than 420,000 databases to your heart’s content. Simply log in to your Mocavo account and discover an easier way to research your family history.

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Who Will You Discover with the New Mocavo Census Viewer?

14 Oct 2014

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Census records are full of exciting surprises that can help us trace our family history. Now it’s even easier to pinpoint the ancestors who helped shape your unique story with the new interactive Mocavo Census Viewer. Premium technology will help you seamlessly navigate each census record image to capture every important detail.

As a Mocavo Gold member, you will enjoy exclusive access to the Mocavo Census Viewer and to the images of all available United States Federal Censuses. Who will you discover?

Watch a quick tutorial >>

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We could not be more thrilled with all of the positive feedback we have received from the Mocavo community. Please keep your feedback coming and let us know what we can do to make your census viewing experience even better!

Experience the Brand New Mocavo Census Viewer

10 Oct 2014

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Less than four months ago, we joined the Findmypast family to revolutionize the genealogy industry. In that time, we have continued to provide groundbreaking access to millions of records, books, and databases that hold the clues to your ancestors’ stories.

And we’ve only just begun.

Today we could not be more excited to announce the first feature innovation created by the combined Mocavo/Findmypast team. Transform your census research experience with the new Mocavo Census Viewer!

Watch a quick tutorial Now>>

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Start exploring the new Mocavo Census Viewer right now with your Mocavo Gold account! We think you’re really going to love it and we can’t wait to hear what you think. Please let us know how we can make your experience even better, and thanks again for being a part of this community!

Mocavo’s Back to School Special: Free Access to Universal Search Weekend

21 Aug 2014

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What better way to top off Mocavo’s Back to School Week than with an Open Access to Universal Search weekend? Usually you need to be a Mocavo Gold member to search all of our databases at once, but for this weekend only, you can search more than 420,000 databases to your heart’s content. Kick start your research today and see who you will discover.

Start Searching Now

If you would need a little help getting started, check out the Mocavo Gold Faceted Search Tutorial.

Don’t forget, you must be logged in to your Mocavo account to take advantage of the Open Access weekend.

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.

We wish you a successful weekend full of discoveries!

Our Thank You Gift to You

19 Jul 2014

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As we join forces with Findmypast, we could not be more thankful for the positive feedback we continue to receive from the genealogy community. Our commitment to bring all of the world’s historical content online grows stronger by the day and we’re excited to bring you exciting new features and content in the future.

To thank you for all of your support, we want to do something special for the Mocavo Community. For this weekend only, you can enjoy your first month of Mocavo Gold for only 99 cents. That means for less than $1.00 you can now access all of the advanced technology and automated features that will help take your research to the next level.

  • Make Discoveries Faster Than Ever with Mocavo Gold
  • Search more than 8 billion names from one convenient location
  • Narrow down your results with advanced search fields and Search Sliders
  • Customize your result preferences with Search Tuners 
  • Get new discoveries automatically sent via email
  • See every detail with high definition documents
  • Enjoy over $75 in savings with exclusive partner discounts
  • And many more!

Make sure you take advantage of this exclusive offer by Monday, July 21 at 11:00PM EST.

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A New Chapter for Mocavo

23 Jun 2014

Today is an exciting day for genealogists everywhere as we’re announcing that Mocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. The wonderful folks at DC Thomson Family History share our vision of the future of family history, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them.

For the past few years, the Mocavo team and I have dedicated ourselves to bringing innovation and competition to an industry that is sorely lacking in both. From the very beginning of Mocavo’s history, we had this burning desire to figure out how to organize all of the historical information disparately spread across the Web. Not long ago, even with a hard-working and incredibly talented team, our service wasn’t resonating with users and our business wasn’t working. In October of last year, we decided to do something audacious and bold – something never before tried in the industry. We launched our Free Forever revolution and this became the day when Mocavo’s soul was born. Everything turned around once we put a stake in the ground and stood for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering us than ever). We have our loyal and supportive users to thank more than anyone!

One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that we’re putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making us the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.

The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting as we bring together two companies with enormous resources, content, and technology to bring you more of what you love. Nothing on either site will be going away – just getting better (and quickly!).

Lastly, we could not have done this without the support of our loyal community members. We appreciate your dedication and patience, and we look forward to helping you discover even more of your family’s story.

Mocavo Acquired By Findmypast: A New Chapter Begins

23 Jun 2014

 London, UK, 23 June 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history company, announced today that it has acquired Mocavo, the fastest growing genealogy company in the US.

Findmypast, the leading brand in the DC Thomson Family History portfolio, has been at the forefront of the British family history market for over a decade. It has an established collection of 1.8 billion historical records and an extensive network of partners including the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Allen County Public Library and Family Search.

Founded by Cliff Shaw in 2011, Mocavo is a technological innovator in the genealogy industry. Its highly sophisticated search engine brings together, in one place, a diverse range of sources, such as family history record indexes, school and college yearbooks, church records and biographies, which help millions of family history enthusiasts to fill in blanks in their family trees and add colour to their family stories.

This acquisition, coupled with the recent tender win of the 1939 Register for England and Wales and the purchase of Origins.net, forms an important part of the growth strategy set out by Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, and her new team.

Together Findmypast and Mocavo will create one of the fastest growing global genealogy businesses. The two companies will provide customers with easier access and more relevant information to help add colour and depth to family history.

Additionally, they both remain committed to delivering on Mocavo’s promise to provide free access to family history records on an individual database level forever. Toward that commitment, Findmypast is announcing today that the full indexes to the US Census from 1790 to 1940 are available for free at Mocavo.com.

Mocavo will become a fully-owned subsidiary of Findmypast. It joins the Findmypast family of brands including the British Newspaper Archive, Genes Reunited and Lives of the First World War.

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said: “Findmypast’s strategy is about growth and the US market is key. Our purchase of Mocavo, combined with our existing US customer base, gives us an excellent platform for expansion in the world’s number one genealogy market. Together we can provide a dynamic family history experience that offers customers the opportunity to make a real connection with their family heritage.”

Cliff Shaw, founder and CEO of Mocavo, said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Findmypast and become a part of their family of leading brands. The combination of our companies will provide family history enthusiasts with unprecedented access to the stories of their ancestors. Expect Mocavo to grow stronger with Findmypast’s support and to continue to drive innovation in the family history category.”

Joshua Taylor, newly appointed Director of Family History, Findmypast, said: “Our heritage and rich record collections coupled with Mocavo’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination enabling us to offer our customers even more ways to unlock the fascinating stories within their family history.”

Make New Discoveries with the Social Security Death Index

10 Jun 2014

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One of the major starting points for genealogical research is the Social Security Death Index. Used by the Social Security Administration for coordinating benefits, the SSDI contains a wealth of information about your family members who have died in the last forty years, including their first name, last name, age, address, and more. As a Mocavo Community Member, you can search more than 88 million death records found in the Social Security Death Index to your heart’s content for free.

Search the Social Security Death Index Now

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We hope you have a lovely week full of new discoveries.