April 29, 2013

Mocavo – Dig Deep for Ancestry Knowledge

Mocavo is a tool that people can use to learn more about who they really are. The genealogy and ancestry search engine provides users with answers about where their families came from and how they got to the place where they currently stand.

Enter your name, level of genealogy experience, and any relevant surnames to begin your research. Mocavo encourages you to create a profile, add a short bio about yourself, and upload or create a family tree. This family tree will be your primary research tool in Mocavo, allowing you to figure out what you do and don’t know about your family history. By opening up your tree and making it searchable for other genealogists, you increase the chances of finding out more about your background. When you’re done with your tree, head back to the Mocavo main page and play around with the application’s other tools. You can run a search to browse through historical documents and social security records, create discovery alerts to make sure you know when new information is added, and upload your own family’s historical documents to provide as a guide in the research that other users are conducting.

When you use Mocavo, you can network with other users and browse through the profiles of people who’ve searched for the same people as you have. (In theory, some of these people may be your distant relatives.) By putting your heads together, you’re likely to come up with some definitive answers in your joint quests to learn more about how your families came to be.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out when your family came to the United States
  • Get information about your great grandfather’s experiences in the war
  • Work together with other Mocavo users to learn more about your background
  • Upload historic documents to share with the Mocavo community

Insider Tips:

  • Connect your Mocavo account with Dropbox to upload documents
  • Upload a family tree from your desktop, Geni, or Dropbox
  • Mocavo gets the bulk of its data from publicly available databases on the web
  • Mocavo Plus users can narrow down their searches by including multiple fields

What we liked:

  • Mocavo turns genealogy research into a social activity
  • People can get updates when Mocavo adds information about a name they’ve looked up
  • Users can include nicknames and alternate names when they search for relatives
  • Mocavo frequently scans other genealogy sites looking for new information

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: March 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado
  • Founded by: Cliff Shaw
  • Web site:


  • Free accounts
  • Plus accounts are $59.95 per year

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