"When Mocavo brings content online, it becomes free forever. Let me be clear – I didn’t just say free for now, I said free forever. We’re making a radical departure from the status quo of how content is controlled in the genealogy industry."
A user with a free account can search one specific database at a time for a person.
They do have a paid product, renamed Mocavo Gold, for a price of $60 per year for a limited time. With a Mocavo gold account, a user can search across the full record spectrum available on Mocavo.
Mocavo also has a Family Tree system that can be searched. Users can upload a GEDCOM file to put their tree on Mocavo, but a user needs to have a free or paid account in order to upload a GEDCOM.
I was curious as to what types of databases are available on Mocavo for FREE. On the Home screen above, there is a menu link for "Research" and a dropdown menu for "Records, Books and Datasets" and "Public Trees." I clicked on the "Records, Books and Datasets" link and saw a list of record categories and sub-categories (four screens below, some text skipped):
A user can click on any of the categories or sub-categories and see a list of collections. Here is the list for Burials, which has 292 collections:
* BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death, Burial, etc.): 4,076
* Directories: 15,157
* Documents and Records: 4,420
* Histories: 52,853
* Military: 1,988
* Newspapers: 7,374
* Yearbooks: 22,579
There are too many categories and collections to itemize each one in a blog post.
My impression is that Mocavo has a large number of relatively small record collections that may not be available on other online free or commercial websites. Mocavo also searches for genealogy information on free websites (e.g., Rootsweb sites, USGenWeb sites, genealogy blogs, message boards, Find A Grave, Social Security Death Index, etc.).
It appears that Mocavo.com does not have some popular and essential record collections like U.S. federal census, state census collections, vital record collections, passenger lists, military service records, etc.
In future posts, I will explore the process of searching for records in the Mocavo collections for FREE, and also as a Mocavo Gold user.
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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver
Disclosure: Mocavo provided me with a complimentary Mocavo Plus membership two years ago and I appreciate their generosity. This has not affected my objectivity in reporting on Mocavo's capabilities and resources.