Genealogy Blog

Before Modern Medicine: The Trial and Error of American Medicine’s Wackiest Remedies

14 May 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the amazing Phineas Gage. His survival was nothing short of miraculous, especially given the shortcomings of medicine in the mid-nineteenth century. We at Mocavo have put together this infographic to show you some interesting medical practices of the past.



The End of Prohibition

05 Dec 2013

Seventy-one years ago today, on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, officially ending Prohibition. The only attempt in our nation’s history to legislate morality, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting alcohol consumption, was a dismal failure on all fronts. No only did it not end alcohol consumption in the United States, it cost the Federal and state governments billions of dollars while it was in effect. The experiment officially ended at 5:32 p.m. EST on December 5, 1933 when the state of Utah voted for repeal. Many of our ancestors were involved in Prohibition, including those in the Temperance Movement that lead up to it, and those who made moonshine and became “rumrunners” while it was in effect. Here are some interesting facts and figures about Prohibition.

America's Hangover 


Thanksgiving Activities to Share With Your Family (Infographic)

18 Nov 2012

Check out our new Thanksgiving Infographic for some fun activities for the whole family during this holiday season and some exciting tidbits in regards to Thanksgiving Day History.  Happy Thanksgiving from Mocavo!