Genealogy Blog

Mocavo and Findmypast are coming together

18 Jan 2016

We wanted you to be the first to know that in the coming months Mocavo will be coming together with its sister site, Findmypast. This will create a single experience for our US customers in a move that aims to deliver a more focused, efficient and comprehensive service to US family historians.

Our Story

We launched back in March 2011 when, only three months old, Family Tree Magazine named us as one of the best 101 genealogy websites of 2011. In 2012 we released The Free Yearbook collection and since then we’ve continue to publish hundreds of records and archives every day. We’d like to thank you, our customer, for being there with us as we’ve continued to grow.

We are now in the process of moving all Mocavo site content to Findmypast so you’ll soon be able to enjoy everything currently available on Mocavo and more. As part of our ‘Free Forever’ promise, Mocavo subscribers will continue to enjoy free access to all of the same records that were previously published for free on Mocavo. We will be transferring your account over to Findmypast soon so stay tuned for updates.

What’s next?

You don’t need to do anything just now. Before we bring the two sites together, we’ll be in touch with specific information about your account and some how-to guides that will help make the most of the new experience.

You will be invited to take advantage of an equivalent subscription package on Findmypast soon, where you can be assured that your payments will remain unchanged for your current subscription.

How does this move affect you?

  • You’ll still benefit from the same great content you’ve been enjoying on Mocavo and this will all be available on Findmypast soon. In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of hundreds of millions of new and exclusive US records to further enhance the experience for US family historians.
  • Findmypast has more British and Irish records than anyone else and is adding new records from the US and other locales every single week, so you’ll be able to take advantage of these to help your family history search. You’ll be able to explore nearly 8 billion names now and hundreds of millions of new names coming this year alone!
  • You can easily import your family tree and we’ll start to hint against names that we find in the archives to help you discover more about your family and even find relatives you never knew existed.

About Findmypast

Currently the home to billions of names, including the largest collections of Irish records and British Parish records, military records and the British Newspaper Archive, not to mention the 1939 Register. It currently has a plethora of US records and will soon be home to all the Mocavo records once the two sites come together.

Findmypast has a free and easy to use family tree builder and it releases new records every week to keep your family history search alive.

Mocavo’s #MyStory Writing Contest

21 Aug 2015


Ever thought about what life was like for your ancestors during the time of their existence? Well, now you can find out! Mocavo is holding the #MyStory writing contest where you get a chance to step into your ancestor’s shoes and write a story about their life from their point of view! Tell us about their life: where they lived, where they worked, what they wore, and if there were any significant historical events occurring at the time (e.g..the Great Depression,  World War II, etc.). Share your story with us for a chance to win a free one-year membership to Mocavo and a $100 gift card to Amazon. Get the details on our website.

How to Enter?

Simply send your story to by the 27th of August. Include your name, email address, and a title for your story. Please limit the story to 500 words. Stories will be judged on creativity and originality, so be as creative as you can. Every entry will receive a free one-week membership.

What can I win?

The winner of the contest will receive a free one-year Mocavo Gold membership and a $100 (US) gift card.

The 2nd place winner will receive a free 6 month membership and a $50 (US) gift card.

And the 3rd place winner will receive a free month membership and a $25 (US) gift card. Remember though, every entry will receive a free week membership.

For more details visit

If you have any questions please message us on Facebook! The details are posted on our website. We look forward to reading your stories! Good luck!

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!

Start Searching Now

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

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!

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.

Celebrate Family History Month with an Open Access Weekend

16 Oct 2014


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.


Who Will You Discover with the New Mocavo Census Viewer?

14 Oct 2014


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!