|Posted on March 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM|
I learned of a fantastic new search engine today that is just for genealogists!
Mocavo is a free search engine that acts like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. However, instead of getting irrelevant results that having nothing to do with genealogy, Mocavo only searches free genealogy websites for the information you are looking for. Once the results are displayed, Mocavo takes you right to the website where the information was found. A “Back to Results” arrow remains at the top of the page to take you back to all of the results on the Mocavo page when you are finished browsing.
Mocavo just launched today. It searches all of the well known websites such as "genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals”
Obviously, since Mocavo is new, it has not yet found every free genealogical website! There is an option to “Suggest a Site” at the very bottom of their page. You can use this option to add your favorite genealogical websites, so Mocavo will start searching them as well. Mocavo will then display the results from these websites for others to use. Mocavo should become even more successful as users submit other websites.
The creator of Mocavo, Cliff Shaw, has created other genealogical web resources such as Smart Matching, GenForum, GenCircles, Family Tree Legends, and the Back Up My Tree website. All of his previous creations are now owned by other companies including Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com. So, I would take advantage of Mocavo while it is free, because I predict it will quickly be purchased by a larger company! It is a great tool, and I hope that it remains free to genealogists.