First, big news that Mocavo has been purchased by FindMyPast.
I’m almost ashamed to say that I’m not subscribed to Mocavo or FindMyPast. Almost. I mean seriously, how many of these paid-subscription websites must a genealogist cough up the bucks for? And with some of them, you do some serious coughing! But that’s for another post…
Funny that those two were next on my “genealogy sites to subscribe to” list, but only if I really really really really needed to. As Mocavo is more of a search engine, I’ve been able to locate the information on my own, after their Free Forever search comes back with the results. Same for the newspapers on FindMyPast – many are already available online for free.
So, what does this marriage mean for us? A bad name like FindMo’Cavo??
Well, to start, a combined website/yearly subscription would be nice! *COUGH COUGH* (The till is dry.)
I’m sure FindMyPast and Mocavo joined forces for the very reason I’ve yet to subscribe to either; they really don’t have enough exclusive material to warrant the extra expense. It’s almost like they’re trying to snatch up the “scraps” that Ancestry and FamilySearch (and to an extent, Fold3) don’t want.
FMP/M will have plenty to say in these coming months. But will their combined efforts be enough to get me off the fence?
And did you know Mocavo will scan your genealogy-related books, diaries, photos, etc. for FREE? (Love that word. FREEEEEE.)
Simply click that Contribute button on their navigation bar. (Or you could always just click the clickable “Contribute” I made right there.)
I recently found two local town landowners’ annual reports at a church rummage sale and mailed them to Mocavo for them to scan. Upon doing so, they’ll add these to their collection of OCR searchable items for ALL! It’s a GREAT service and I’m hoping that many subscribers (or not) will take them up on this offer. So, keep an eye out, as there’s lots of genealogical stuff out there for scanning!
One very nice Mocavo niche is the central availability of such annual town reports, many of which contain births, marriages and deaths recorded during that past year. (Obviously, better chances of seeing those for smaller towns. Cities will simply give you the grand totals.) Though again, with some digging, you can find most of these annuals online elsewhere..,yes, for free.
But you probably don’t want to send Mocavo anything that’s near and dear to your heart. Especially books, as they say they need to remove the binding for better scanning, which makes perfect sense. Read the fine print.
I’ll let you know when “my” town records come up online there. (Supposedly, they’ll contact me AND give me credit for the data.)
Knock me off the fence!!!