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A New Chapter for Mocavo

23 Jun 2014

Today is an exciting day for genealogists everywhere as we’re announcing that Mocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. The wonderful folks at DC Thomson Family History share our vision of the future of family history, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them.

For the past few years, the Mocavo team and I have dedicated ourselves to bringing innovation and competition to an industry that is sorely lacking in both. From the very beginning of Mocavo’s history, we had this burning desire to figure out how to organize all of the historical information disparately spread across the Web. Not long ago, even with a hard-working and incredibly talented team, our service wasn’t resonating with users and our business wasn’t working. In October of last year, we decided to do something audacious and bold – something never before tried in the industry. We launched our Free Forever revolution and this became the day when Mocavo’s soul was born. Everything turned around once we put a stake in the ground and stood for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering us than ever). We have our loyal and supportive users to thank more than anyone!

One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that we’re putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making us the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.

The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting as we bring together two companies with enormous resources, content, and technology to bring you more of what you love. Nothing on either site will be going away – just getting better (and quickly!).

Lastly, we could not have done this without the support of our loyal community members. We appreciate your dedication and patience, and we look forward to helping you discover even more of your family’s story.

Mocavo Acquired By Findmypast: A New Chapter Begins

23 Jun 2014

London, UK, 23 June 2014Findmypast, the leading British family history company, announced today that it has acquired Mocavo, the fastest growing genealogy company in the US.

Findmypast, the leading brand in the DC Thomson Family History portfolio, has been at the forefront of the British family history market for over a decade. It has an established collection of 1.8 billion historical records and an extensive network of partners including the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Allen County Public Library and Family Search.

Founded by Cliff Shaw in 2011, Mocavo is a technological innovator in the genealogy industry. Its highly sophisticated search engine brings together, in one place, a diverse range of sources, such as family history record indexes, school and college yearbooks, church records and biographies, which help millions of family history enthusiasts to fill in blanks in their family trees and add colour to their family stories.

This acquisition, coupled with the recent tender win of the 1939 Register for England and Wales and the purchase of Origins.net, forms an important part of the growth strategy set out by Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, and her new team.

Together Findmypast and Mocavo will create one of the fastest growing global genealogy businesses. The two companies will provide customers with easier access and more relevant information to help add colour and depth to family history.

Additionally, they both remain committed to delivering on Mocavo’s promise to provide free access to family history records on an individual database level forever. Toward that commitment, Findmypast is announcing today that the full indexes to the US Census from 1790 to 1940 are available for free at Mocavo.com.

Mocavo will become a fully-owned subsidiary of Findmypast. It joins the Findmypast family of brands including the British Newspaper Archive, Genes Reunited and Lives of the First World War.

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said: “Findmypast’s strategy is about growth and the US market is key. Our purchase of Mocavo, combined with our existing US customer base, gives us an excellent platform for expansion in the world’s number one genealogy market. Together we can provide a dynamic family history experience that offers customers the opportunity to make a real connection with their family heritage.”

Cliff Shaw, founder and CEO of Mocavo, said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Findmypast and become a part of their family of leading brands. The combination of our companies will provide family history enthusiasts with unprecedented access to the stories of their ancestors. Expect Mocavo to grow stronger with Findmypast’s support and to continue to drive innovation in the family history category.”

Joshua Taylor, newly appointed Director of Family History, Findmypast, said: “Our heritage and rich record collections coupled with Mocavo’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination enabling us to offer our customers even more ways to unlock the fascinating stories within their family history.”

The Mean, Lean, Green Mocavo Machine

28 Feb 2014

Here’s a riddle for you: What runs on clean burning natural gas, is cooled by ice cold mountain air, has 99.9% reliability, and processes 40 teraflops per second? Why it’s nothing less than Mocavo’s primary datacenter.

Mean

Reading the world’s genealogical records one at a time and making them searchable is no small feat. It requires a fine tuned infrastructure with plenty of processing power, storage, and redundancy.

With over 500 multi-core Dell Datacenter grade servers under the hood we have the ability to perform OCR on over 1 million documents per day. In fact, we’re in final stages of re-engineering our OCR process to increase that number to over 5 million, all without affecting the performance of the website whatsoever!

The processed documents have to go somewhere, and we’re pleased to announce that we have increased our storage capacity to over 1 Petabyte! That’s a lot of spinning platters, check out below how we keep them all spinning!

What good is all that power and processed documents if there is a fire, flood, or zombie apocalypse that destroys it in one fell swoop? We have an off-site datacenter connected via a 10Gb dedicated fiber link that keeps all of our (and your) precious records safe and available instantly for recovery. We like being able to sleep at night, the backup cluster makes that possible.

Lean

The most expensive part of running a datacenter isn’t power or cooling, it’s the labor to keep it running all the time. When you’re working with 500 servers, seconds count. Even spending just 30 seconds per server puts you over 4 hours in labor. Out in the wild you’ll find the server to administrator ratio ranges from about 15:1 to 100:1. So for 500 physical machines, what do we consider lean? Try 500:1, which is plenty- if you have the right tools.

Enter Puppet, Icinga, and Fabric.

Puppet is enterprise level configuration management. It works seamlessly in our DevOps workflow. Every 30 minutes every single physical server in our datacenter checks in with the puppet-master asking for updates. Last week I added a new subnet and needed to add a route to about 100 machines. So I opened up our nodes.pp file and added this:


exec { "route add -net 10.10.108.0/22 gw 10.10.109.2 dev eth0":
   unless => "route | grep 10.10.108",
}

So in 5 minutes I added a static route to 100 machines. That equates to about 3 seconds per machine. Not too bad, but I can do better.

Lets say I wanted to add that route to all 500 machines, and I couldn’t wait for the half hour puppet update. Let’s get Fabric involved.

Fabric is a python module that sends pre-defined (or on the fly) commands over SSH to hosts in hostgroups or roles. In my fabfile.py I already have a function to restart puppet:


@parallel
def kick_puppet():
    sudo('service puppet restart')

So after I add the route in puppet, I’ll restart the puppet client on all machines with fab -R All_Machines kick_puppet I have now touched 500 machines in less than 6 minutes, which takes me to less than a second per machine. I’m sure you see where this is going… but you can’t automate everything, can you? What if you have to reinstall a server from scratch?

In case of a corrupted OS drive, or a new server that has never been on the network, (re)building from scratch is quick and easy. Power on the server, press F12 to boot from the network, and PXE takes over. The OS gets installed, it reboots, then puppet takes it from vanilla OS to production ready, all without being touched again. One touch installs, try it. You’ll be glad you did.

I suppose there are a few things I’ll never be able to automate, like changing out a hard drive or a bad stick of ram. I don’t have time to run tests on each machine to see how it’s doing, but Icinga has 24 hours each day to do just that, and it never gets bored or tired of it.

Icinga is a fork of Nagios, and right now it makes over 3000 individual checks for us every 10 minutes, and it’s not even breaking a sweat. We use puppet to automate the creation of the checks, and Icinga will holler when a hard drive fails, puppet stops running, a web server stalls, or a machine becomes unresponsive. It can even perform actions based on an alert through a handler (like restarting puppet if it’s not running or rebooting the unresponsive machine)

So on the occasion that we must physically touch a machine, Icinga narrows it down for us so we can get in and get out, because contrary to what you see in the movies, datacenters are LOUD and generally uncomfortable to work in for long periods of time.

Green

Mocavo is concerned with being efficient and taking care of our natural resources. Often those two goals work very well together, here are some initiatives we have at Mocavo to lower our footprint while providing an excellent product:

The power we use here at the datacenter comes from clean burning natural gas, which we like because it’s less expensive and better for the environment.

We don’t run redundant power supplies on each server and instead rely on a redundant infrastructure. The load is distributed so if a server drops out, the application can continue to run smoothly until it can be repaired.

We run the datacenter at a balmy 82° F. With adequate airflow for heat removal, our equipment runs comfortably when warm, saving energy from cooling. To give us extra heat ballast for thermal load changes and to prevent static build up, we run a humidifier to boost the ambient humidity above 30%.

We’ve engineered a free-cooling air exchanger to make use of the cold and arid mountain air to cool the datacenter. When running at capacity it saves 4 tons (14kW) of cooling, which annually saves 75 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, bringing our PUE down to around 1.27. According to the Uptime Institute’s 2012 Data Center Survey, our PUE is 32% less than the respondents’ largest data centers that average between 1.8 and 1.89 and is quickly approaching Google’s internal datacenter PUE of 1.12.

Technology makes genealogy possible, in a lean, mean, green, BIG way!

Photo Detection in Historical Documents

27 Feb 2014

We have continued to improve our handwriting detection and recognition tools. In doing so, we stumbled upon another exciting new feature that we think will help change the way people learn about their family history. We are excited to share that we have developed the ability to very easily extract pictures, photographs and other images from our historical books. It’s not exactly like stumbling upon penicillin, but we were pleasantly surprised at how perfectly we are able to identify these images!

Notice the red outline in the examples below

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The next step for us will be to not only extract the image, but to also read the associated caption to enable our community members to search for information about the image. In the vast majority of cases, the caption describing the image is relatively easy for our search engine to identify for the following reasons:

  • its proximity to the image
  • additional whitespace around the block of text
  • the caption may also have different type characteristics from the page content (font size, weight, casing, etc)

What is particularly exciting about this discovery is that when we put the finishing touches on this technology, we’ll be able to add Image-specific search capabilities to Mocavo. This development will open up a whole new realm of exciting discoveries for our community. Stay tuned!

Coming Soon: Online Transcription from Mocavo

26 Feb 2014

Everyday at Mocavo we’re looking for new opportunities to bring more of the world’s historical content online for free, forever. We are excited to share a new service that will be launching soon – our own web-based transcription tool.

We’re very proud to release 1,000 databases everyday; but within those databases are signatures and hand-written notes that could be the answer to a riddle one of our community members (maybe you!) has been trying to solve for decades.

Our transcription tool will soon be “ready for prime time” and we will be inviting our community members to help index these valuable resources. The tool is being tested internally, and the initial experience is so exciting that we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Transcription

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You’ll be able to contribute to transcription projects simply and easily within your browser. No confusing software to install. No frustrating spreadsheets to maintain. You’ll just select an active project and away you go.

The tool is fast, intuitive to use, and relies on the hand-writing detection system that we announced several months ago. Popover windows will appear above the text and allow you to easily transcribe without ever leaving your keyboard.

Our arbitration process will allow us to quickly review every submission to ensure we maintain the quality standards the Mocavo community expects.

Current Projects

When the time comes to launch the transcription tool, we’ll send you an invitation along with a tutorial that explains how to get started. You will be able to join a Current Project with a single click, and our system will immediately take you to a page like the one in the example above. It’s that simple: Join a project and start contributing!

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Recent Activity

When you’re part of a community, there’s nothing quite as exciting as drawing from the energy and momentum of the people around you! It’s important that we share a collective sense of progress and camaraderie, so we’re including an activity stream that will be constantly updating as other community members add transcriptions.

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Leaderboards

As part of the transcription tool, we will show you the top contributors on individual projects, as well as the top contributors overall.

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Coming Soon

We still have a little bit of work to do so that your first experience is as rewarding and bug-free as possible, but we hope you’re as excited as we are about the potential to bring even more content online for the world to enjoy for free, forever.

A little something we’ve been working on…

20 Nov 2013

A little over a year ago, Mocavo acquired ReadyMicro and the incredible mind known as Matt Garner. One of Matt’s lifelong passions and curiosities is to enable computers to read historical handwritten documents to bring genealogy search to the next level. It’s well known in the genealogy industry that historical handwriting recognition is the Holy Grail – the single largest technological advancement that would enable more content to become accessible online (except for maybe the invention of the Web). For the past year, we’ve joined with Matt to tackle this very hard problem, and have finally made enough progress that we can begin to report on it.

Let me start by explaining the problem. Ask a computer to read the page below and it will stumble all over place.

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OCR (optical character recognition) technology could read some of the typewritten text – but would be confused by the handwriting (and invent typewritten letters that it thinks it sees inside handwritten text). To make matters worse, this page has multiple typewritten font types, including one that looks like cursive handwriting.

The first process we had to develop was a way to perfectly separate handwriting from typewritten text. If we could do this, the OCR could read the typewritten text, and Matt’s code could attempt to read the handwritten text. We call this process Handwriting Detection, and we figured that if the system couldn’t detect the presence of handwriting, how on Earth would we hope to decipher the marks into words? In the example below, you can see how our system marks typewritten text in green and handwritten text in red – with blue to denote what it believes are graphics or images. It’s not 100% perfect, but hopefully you agree that it’s headed in the right direction.

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Now that we’ve detected where the handwriting is, we can start having some fun. Let’s go back 130 years and change the ink from black to blue.

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Now, this is just handwriting detection (where we don’t understand what’s written – we just know that handwriting is there).

Let’s talk recognition.

Historical handwriting recognition is one of the toughest technical challenges to solve. First, penmanship is entirely unique to the individual. Second, because it’s historical handwriting, it’s in cursive. All the letters run together, adding another layer of complexity. Third, the way we wrote cursive in the 1700′s is different than the cursive we write now. There are even variations between decades. Our mind has an incredible capability of seeing through incomplete sets of data (a missing character stroke, poor handwriting, an A that sort of looks like an O, etc). Our brains do all of this for us and we don’t even notice it. When you think about how to describe this to a computer, you begin to lose your mind! I believe some of the greatest problems mankind can solve are those that someone would never have started if they had known how hard the challenge was ahead of time. Matt fooled himself just enough to start on the problem and now he’s making real progress from which we are all going to benefit.

Here’s the exciting part: Our recognition technology is starting to work. With limited vocabularies (potential answers), we’re achieving 90-95% accuracy. Sometimes, the technology is able to read things we’re convinced are unreadable (but after getting the answer back from the computer, you realize what was actually written). We grow closer to the Holy Grail every day and can’t wait until we can use the technology to bring more content online, free forever.

Matt and I will keep you updated on our progress over the coming weeks and months, which should hopefully make for some exciting news in genealogy.

Creating A Front-End Ready PSD

11 Nov 2013

A few tips to help clean up your PSD’s and make them front-end ready for a developer or other designer.

Organization

There is nothing worse than filtering through unorganized layers in a massive Photoshop file. You end up dragging an image out of a clipping mask or overlooking an element or state. As I work I build the page elements as I go without any type of organization with Photoshop. Occasionally I’ll highlight a background layer with a color so that I can quickly refer to it’s position in the layers toolbar. When I’m happy with the design and have the majority of the possible states built, I go back through and do a quick clean up.

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Be sure that your background layer is locked and use Auto-Select to quickly group page elements. Select all of the layers, then select New Folder. Yes, this deselects what you just selected, but it will place a new folder at the top of the layers you selected. So then you can easily reselect the layers and drag them into the new group without having to search for it in your layer panel. I mostly separate background images, header, navigation, sidebar, main body elements (as a whole or separately depending on the page) the footer and any additional states.

Name the folders as you go until you only have folders in the layers panel. If there is a modal or particular state, place it at the top and highlight it with a color to make it clear.

 

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Smart Objects

Smart objects are great to work with. This blog post, from Mindy Wagner, does an excellent job describing what smart objects can do and how to use them. Like Mindy says in the post, smart objects are great for many uses but I often use them for repeatable content. This process is great for creating content filled mockups like a search result page–create one result then populate the rest of the page with smart objects of that same result.

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Use smart objects when working with icons from Illustrator. When creating a new mockup I usually have Illustrator open on another screen so that when I need I can very quickly copy an icon and paste it in Photoshop as a scalable smart object. Any edits you make in Illustrator will reflect in Photoshop.

Comps/States

I used to use Layer Comps quite a bit. Watch this video from Method and Craft about States and Layer Comps. Layer Comps are an excellent way to demonstrate multiple states and actions within a single page. They aid in visualizing specific actions like navigation states and modals, and are helpful when handing over the file to a developer.

However, I have recently stopped using Layer Comps as often simply because they are a pain to set up. You have to be completely done designing to make a successful Layer Comp, and if not you will most likely forget to save a specific state and have to start over again. I have found it easier to display each possible state on the page simultaneously, sometimes this means copy and pasting each state below the other on a single .psd or creating multiple .psd’s. This is not a perfect mockup, but it is currently the most efficient work flow I have found.

Notes

Notes are helpful tools in Photoshop and can be used to explain expected behavior, thoughts you had while creating the page or even notes to yourself. I have found them useful when handing over a large file with many possible actions or taking notes about a mockup while reviewing with a co-worker.

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Saving

Saving working is always a difficult process. Saving every single iteration is a little overkill, but if you only save one file then your computer crashes, you’re out of luck. I never really had a strict saving standard until about a year ago, so far I have had decent luck with it.

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Within my project folder (in most cases) I create two folders: Product and Process. As I work, my old iterations go in Process– including inspiration, research and other low priority items. Once I settle on a final design(s) they go in Product. This also works well when naming files by nameoffile-1.psdnameoffile-2.psd and so on, this way I always know the highest iteration number is the most recent. When a project is completed and live I mostly delete the process folder to save space and save the product folder. Backing up this same process on dropbox as well as my Timemachine save a lot of headaches, because I know that I can always update my backups straight from my computer to know they are the most recent files.

Syntax Highlighting for Underscore Template Comments in ST2

28 Oct 2013

If you use Underscore Templates and have been bothered by the lack of syntax highlighting for comments (note lines 7, 11, 19, and 27) :

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There is a very simple solution courtesy of Matt York.

You just need to modify one line in HTML.tmLanguage (or HTML5.tmLanguage if you’re using that package).

If you have the HTML5 package installed, go to ‘Browse Packages’ in ST2 and then open Packages/HTML5/Syntaxes/HTML 5.tmLanguage.

Change line 282 to:

<string>(?:^\s+)?(&lt;)((?i:script))\b(?![^&gt;]*/&gt;)(?!.*type=["']text/template['"])</string>

If you do not have that package installed, go to ‘Browse Packages’ and then open up Packages/HTML/HTML.tmLanguage

Change line 286 to:

<string>(?:^\s+)?(&lt;)((?i:script))\b(?![^&gt;]*/&gt;)(?!.*type=["']text/template['"])</string>

And voila!

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Join us at the Halloween Benefit for Flood Relief

16 Oct 2013

Boulder, Colo. – October 16, 2013 – Tech entrepreneurs and environmentalists are joining together to raise funds and celebrate the community of Boulder County, its volunteers, and to support first responders’ families and the local farming community after the devastating floods that hit Colorado in September.

As a part of our mutual commitment to community and the environment, MocavoEntrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) and the Living Green Network have teamed up to help local organic farmers and first responders following the Colorado floods. To accomplish our goal of raising $50,000, Mocavo is hosting a Halloween Benefit for Flood Relief on Thursday, October 31st on its rooftop in downtown Boulder, 1909 Broadway, beginning at 4 p.m. The event is free entry and an open invitation to the community. All drinks are $5 and the proceeds go directly toward flood relief. There will be live music, DJ Tate Ignelzi and pumpkin carving for kids between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., generously donated by Munson Farms.  KKO, Goldman Sachs, and Silicon Valley Bank have provided additional sponsorship and support for the event. Donations will also be accepted at the door. You can learn more about the event here: https://halloweenfloodrelief.eventbrite.com/

Matthew Wilburn King, President of the Living GREEN Network and EFCO’s Executive Director, Morgan McMillan, are proud to be a part of Mocavo’s efforts to bring together tech entrepreneurs and environmentalists for the purpose of flood relief. Living GREEN is leading a community-organized flood relief effort through an “act now” grass-roots effort focused on providing assistance to a community often overlooked during a major flood – local organic farmers. Getting local organic farmers up and running as soon as possible is a major goal for the Living GREEN Network. EFCO has been galvanizing the local tech community into broad flood relief through fundraising and will use this event to support the Front Range Farm Relief Fund at The Community Foundation, to aid local farms, ranches and food-related businesses. The farm-to-table community in Colorado is vast. Local restaurants and small grocers need our help now.

“EFCO is a network of Colorado entrepreneurs whose companies share a common commitment to pledge a portion of founding equity or a portion of annual profits to the community,” said Mrs. McMillan. “Our members and community partners have really stepped up in response to tremendous community need from the flooding, already contributing more than $157,000 to relief efforts. This event will directly benefit the local farming community.”

The Living GREEN Network is a Boulder-based 501c3 that establishes fiscally sponsored projects for people with great ideas and the courage to make a positive contribution toward social and environmental well-being.

“We’re dedicated to helping our local farmers, and also recognize the need to assess the needs of the ditch irrigation community since they coordinate the use, maintenance, and operation of surface water irrigation systems and conveyances, which are critical to our farmers,” said Dr. King.

Mocavo CEO Cliff Shaw added, “While our first responders were out rescuing people, they couldn’t always tend to their own homes. Some of them have suffered significant damages, including total losses, so let’s say thank you by getting them back on their feet. Additionally, the farm-to-table community is one of the things that makes Boulder great, and we want to do everything we can to help.”

If you wish to learn more about EFCO go to www.efcolorado.org, Living GREEN Network at www.livinggreennetwork.org, and Mocavo at www.mocavo.com

For further information regarding this press release, contact Johanna Erickson at Johanna.Erickson@barokas.com

Mocavo Introduces Free Forever – Join us in the revolution!

10 Oct 2013

When I founded Mocavo several years ago, I had been dreaming of building this company for over a decade. I wanted to bring all of the world’s existing genealogy information under one roof – and then start hosting even more content online for free. We just needed a business model to support those goals and sustain the costs associated with hosting billions of records and images. We’ve finally figured out how to do it, and it’s with unbelievable excitement that I can finally say: 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.

But wait! Mocavo is a business. How can you afford to do this?

Our paid product, Mocavo Gold (formerly Mocavo Plus), charges for automated searching, the ability to run global searches across all the databases on Mocavo, and a number of other great features. You’re paying for speed and convenience to make discoveries faster, but we’re not charging you for the content. This means that you can search the Texas Death Index (or tens of thousands of other databases) to your heart’s content without paying a dime. If you want to search them all at once, join our revolution and upgrade to Mocavo Gold.

How can I trust that content on Mocavo will be free forever?

We are committed to free genealogy unlike any other company – it’s part of our history. When I founded GenForum in 1997, I said the site would be free forever. To this day, it’s still free. Everything else I’ve done in the industry is now free (GenCircles, Family Tree Legends, BackupMyTree). When we announced our partnership with FreeBMD earlier this year, we also announced that we had joined the Open Genealogy Alliance (and we are still the only genealogy company to have done so). Openness is in our DNA and we’ll continue to demonstrate our commitment to the cause.

We need your help to fuel the revolution!

Even though we don’t charge for content, we still need to pay for our 500+ servers and the employees who improve our product everyday. By deciding to upgrade your account to Mocavo Gold, you’re supporting our mission to bring the world’s genealogical information online, for free.

We have some exciting things we’re working on for the community that we’ll announce over the next month or so:

  • Starting today and every day, we’ll be releasing more than 1,000 entirely new databases into our search engine. And we’ll do this every day from here on out (as long as we can find the data, we’re going to keep bringing it online for free). You’ll know because we’ll send you updates on all the great new stuff we’ve added. These databases become free to the public forever. Browse some of our tens of thousands of existing databases here: http://www.mocavo.com/records
  • You’ll see us begin to release more of our software as open source projects, in an effort to provide the genealogy community with the tools it needs to bring more content online for free. Tell us what you need to get this content organized and accessible – and we’ll help you host it and bring it online with our commitment that it stays free forever.
  • There’s a lot of work to do! If you’d like to help us in our mission, please email volunteers@mocavo.com so we can all start bringing more of our history online – to be free forever.

I founded Mocavo with the belief that information wants to be free. With your help, free genealogy can make a serious foothold in this industry. We’ve got an incredible ability with Mocavo to finally do it right, and I’m asking you to join me in this mission. Over the past 10 years, I’ve dreamed of putting all the world’s historical information online for free to benefit the community and future generations.

 

Join us as we build a new future for genealogy, one free database at a time. The Internet was the first revolution in genealogy – let’s work together to build the next one.

Come try a search at Mocavo – it’s better than ever.

Sign up for Mocavo Gold, and for a limited time only, save an additional 50% off the regular price.