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Mocavo: New Genealogy Search Site


Mocavo

Mocavo

Mocavo, a new Internet search engine, launched today.

Its focus is on search­ing free genealog­i­cal web­sites. It has gained the atten­tion of the geneal­ogy blog­gers, show­ing up in Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings (“First Look at Mocavo — A New Genealogy Search Engine”) and Dick Eastman’s EOGN (“Mocavo.com — A Genealogy Search Engine”).

The site offers a very intu­itive inter­face, with a sim­ple, and large, search bar, which tells you to “Enter names, places, years, etc. Full names best in quotes.”

The search results, which exclude con­tent from non-genealogical sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and focus on free sites geared toward geneal­ogy (Rootsweb, USGenWeb, Find-a-Grave, and on and on), are gen­er­ally rel­e­vant for genealogists.

I searched for

Swan Johnson” Nance

(Nance being the county Swan ended up in after emi­grat­ing from Sweden and migrat­ing through Illinois and Iowa). I received rel­e­vant results, many of which I had writ­ten, but I noted that the results on Rootsweb were there, but none from this blog, though those entries are months old. My sup­po­si­tion then, is that Mocavo is search­ing a spe­cific sub­set of genealog­i­cal sites — ones where the total name count is already in the billions.

Nevertheless, this seems to be an incred­i­bly pow­er­ful search tool. It will not replace Google for genealog­i­cal data, but it will be a site many of us com­monly use, par­tic­u­larly when our searches turn on a major­ity of social media pages, instead of genealog­i­cal gold.

 
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