What better way to start off the weekend than with new features! We’re working hard to ensure your time spent with us is both delightful and productive, which is why we’re excited to share a few upgrades we’ve recently added that will take your research experience to the next level. If you have a little extra time this weekend, give these new features a try and let us know what you think!
First & Last Name Search Sliders
Sometimes the missing piece to the puzzle is found when using an alternate spelling of an ancestor’s first or last name. To make sure no stone is left unturned, we’ve added another search slider to both first and last names on the search form.
First Name Search Slider
If you’re looking for Elizabeth Shaw, who potentially went by Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Eliza, etc., then drag the slider to the middle (“Similar Names”) to reveal results that have alternative versions of your ancestor’s first name. Also, sometimes our ancestors only recorded their first initial when creating a record. To account for similar names and initials, simply drag the slider all the way to the left (“Initials & Similar Names”) and your results will show records that contain E Shaw, Liz Shaw, Elizabeth Shaw, etc.
Last Name Search Slider
In the past, it was common for surnames to be recorded with multiple spellings. For example, Krieger could also be: Krueger, Kreger, Kroeger, etc. Make sure you’re not missing any hidden records by dragging the last name slider to the left (“Sounds Like”) to display results with alternate spellings and pronunciations for your given last name.
Cut Your Search Time in Half by Saving Your Filters
Do you find yourself selecting the same search filters on a consistent basis? Now you can save yourself time by saving your custom filter settings. Simply run a search on Mocavo the way you always do. Select your favorite category, date, and location filters and click the save filter button. Then give your filter a title so you can easily reference it in the future. Once you click save, your custom filters will appear on the bottom left side of your search results page. You can create as many filters as you would like, helping you customize your Mocavo experience to make discoveries faster than ever.
Bring Your Ancestors to Life with Our Database Photo Viewer
Part of researching your family history is finding images of your ancestors and the places they lived. Locating such images can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, so we found a way to use our photo recognition technology to simplify the process for you. We extract all of the images from a particular database and display them on the database’s search page. Now you can easily browse hundreds of historical images in more than 2,000 historical books; and we’re adding more every day! Simply scroll to the bottom of a database cover page to find the link to review all of the images from that book, saving you time and effort. If you are looking for something specific, you can also use our image search engine to help narrow your image results even further.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing what you think about all of our new features.