I saw mention of Mocavo.com a few days back on Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog. I decided to take a gander at the website and see what I thought.
Mocavo touts itself as the “Largest Free Genealogy & Family Tree Search Engine”. I decided to try a few surname searches to see if I got lucky. I started with the ones I always do: Algarva and Algrava. They are “made up” surnames. My Grandfather’s cousins are the only ones in the US who ever used the surname. So, I know that when I see the name in records it’s one of mine.
I got quite a few entries for both surnames. Mocavo found an obituary for one of my Grandfather’s cousin’s wives, Elizabeth Algrava. I didn’t have that one, so it was a good fine.
But, what’s this? Mocavo found plenty of entries from some blog named the “Research Journal”. It sounds vaguely familiar (wink, wink). I’ve blogged about the family many times. I’m glad that Mocavo was able to find my blog entries. Maybe a yet to be known cousin will do a search on Mocavo and fine me.
There’s a lot of potential here. I’m going to have to spend some more time playing with the search engine to see how well it works.
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com