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Mocavo.com is a genealogy research website with several useful community features for helping to exchange files and ideas. It allows you to build multiple family trees, offering free membership and Gold membership for a monthly or annual fee.
Working out what you can or cannot do on the free basic membership is part of the fun, but if you really want to take advantage of all the tools and options on offer, you may wish to upgrade to a silver or gold account. These unlock features such as being able to search the entire database, perform advanced searches and receive automatic updates.
Automatic updates are particularly useful as it means you can monitor activity on a particular name, without having to log in regularly to keep checking on updates. However, gold members can also access high definition documents, which is great for items such as news prints. You can also share files and research with other gold members, which is great if you’re collaborating with another member.
The site offers a few discounts to its gold members, including money off Family Tree Magazine, RootsMagic software and items from GenealogyWallCharts.com. Gold membership is (somewhat bizarrely) the same price, per month, as silver membership, at around $80 per year. This is not bad value for money, but it’s still not excellent given that other sites offer more resources and tools for a similar price or a few dollars more.
The community features are worth exploring, as they allow you to chat with other members and exchange data. There’s also a Karma support group, where you can help others with any problems they have, or ask for assistance yourself.
Mocavo has improved its online information lately, helping you much more when you have a problem. Again, the community support elements will also help with this, if you have any problems. Still, it does feel a little insufficient at times, and there aren’t as many interesting or practical research tools as we’d like to see.
There’s no time limit on using the site for free, but access to documents is very restricted and you cannot use many of the features we’ve listed, so you will probably need to upgrade. The site has success stories which it likes to promote, with happy users reporting how easily they found their ancestors. Our trials were a bit less smooth, but it’s worth trying for yourself to see how far you get.
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