BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mocavo, the world’s largest free genealogy search engine, today announced several new product capabilities and content additions that will be demonstrated at this week’s RootsTech Family History and Technology conference in Salt Lake City. New product capabilities include: free storage and sharing for historical records, iPhone and Android applications, and the new Discovery Stream.
"With these new features, Mocavo has evolved into a primary resource for genealogists and family historians to research and share their stories," said Cliff Shaw, CEO of Mocavo. "Our goal is to host all of the world's free genealogy content, to make new discoveries an everyday occurrence and to put more research tools into the hands of family historians."
Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library, one of the largest genealogy libraries in the world, said, "The Allen County Public Library is thrilled to have our digitized Genealogy Center materials at Mocavo. For 21st century genealogists, it’s all about the experience—and Mocavo provides a fresh, exciting search experience that returns remarkable numbers of relevant results. And it’s only going to get better from here."
Historical Record Storage and Sharing Platform
For the first time ever, genealogists have a platform to self-publish high-resolution documents that are automatically digitized using OCR and made searchable – all for free. Mocavo users will be able to upload historical records like photos, books and documents to their accounts. Records can be uploaded several different ways: via a Web browser, Mocavo’s new smartphone apps, by email, or through the popular Dropbox service. Mocavo users retain full ownership of their records, can delete them at any time, and control whether or not their records are shared with the public.
iPhone and Android Apps
Mocavo’s new iPhone and Android smartphone applications enable users to take pictures of historical records, photographs – even entire books – and have them automatically uploaded to Mocavo’s historical record storage and sharing service. Users can also perform Mocavo searches and access their Mocavo accounts through the smartphone apps. Mocavo’s apps are in the process of being approved and will soon be available for download; demonstrations are available at RootsTech. Mocavo expects the apps to be available for download within the next 30 days.
In addition to creating a powerful search engine for family history, Mocavo wants to connect and empower the social discoveries made by genealogists every day. The stream will deliver a constant source of new user-generated content in a fashion similar to the Facebook newsfeed or Pinterest. Whether users are uploading family trees and documents, or finding positive matches on the search engine, Mocavo wants to bring these interactions to light and begin a truly social moment for genealogy.
New Content Additions
In addition to these important new capabilities, Mocavo announced three new additions that will add important family history collections to its vast index. New collections include the Allen County Public Library’s Internet Archive records, the US Social Security Administration’s Social Security Death Index, and the World Family Tree developed by the popular Geni family tree service.
“Our mission is to find the world’s family history records and make them easily accessible to the growing legions of genealogists and family historians,” said Shaw. “The Allen County Public Library data, SSDI, and Geni are only the beginning – we want to work with every genealogy content creator, be they big or small, to help them bring their content online and make it searchable for free.”
Visit Mocavo at the RootsTech Conference in Booth 440 in Salt Lake City February 2-4.
Mocavo operates the world’s largest free genealogy search and seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, 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 thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals.