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Industry Online services
Online publishing
Founded 2011
Headquarters Boulder, Colorado, Colorado, US
Key people
Cliff Shaw, President/CEO
Richard Miller, CTO[1]

Mocavo was a privately held Internet company based in Boulder, Colorado, United States.[2] A for-profit, genealogy search engine with millions of records and historical documents online,[3] it provides a number of tools such as family trees and advanced search features for genealogical and historical research.[4]

In June 2014 it was acquired by Findmypast for an undisclosed sum.[5]


Founded by Cliff Shaw, Mocavo launched on March 16, 2011.[6] On June 14, 2011, Family Tree Magazine named Mocavo as one of the best 101 genealogy websites of 2011.[7]

Mocavo participated in the Boulder Techstars program in the Summer of 2011.[8]

In September 2011, Mocavo raised a 1 million dollar round from "David Cohen, Dave McClure, David Bonderman, Walt Winshall, David Calone, Dave Carlson, Troy Henikoff, and other angels".[9] Mocavo introduced on November 29, 2011[10] and launched its first paid service named Mocavo Plus in December 2011.[11] In May 2012, Mocavo received a $4.1 million Series A round of funding from the Foundry Group.[12]

After gaining additional funding, Ryan Hunter and Michael J. Leclerc joined Mocavo as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Genealogist respectively.[13] In September 2012, Mocavo acquired ReadyMicro, a Utah-based company that specialized in digitization and preservation services.[14]

In November 2012, Mocavo launched a free Yearbook collection[15] and rolled out free scanning services for all Mocavo members.[16] In January 2013 Mocavo joined FHISO as one of the founding members,[17] to help maintain, develop and evolve the GEDCOM standards sought by the genealogy community; it also partnered with FreeBMD to add 300 million English and Welsh records to the Mocavo index.[18] On October 11, 2013, Mocavo announced its Free Forever Movement.[19]

In June 2014 it was announced that UK based genealogy provider Findmypast had acquired the company for an undisclosed sum.[20]


  1. ^ "DevOps Demands You Fix Twice". InformationWeek. 
  2. ^ LAUNCH Instant 001: Mocavo
  3. ^ Colorado’s ‘Mocavo’ is a Genealogical Search Engine for Cheapskates like Me
  4. ^ Brad McCarty (5 August 2011). "Genealogy buffs rejoice as Mocavo indexes countless searches into a single, social site". The Next Web. 
  5. ^ "Findmypast buys Mocavo". 
  6. ^ "Genealogy Insider - Free genealogy search engine launches". 
  7. ^ "Tech Tools - Family Tree Magazine". 
  8. ^ "Full Startup Investment and Return Statistics". Techstars. 
  9. ^ Jason Kincaid. "Mocavo Raises $1 Million To Build Its Ancestry-Centric Search Engine". TechCrunch. AOL. 
  10. ^ Mocavo Introduces a U.K. Version of Its Genealogy Search Engine
  11. ^ Mocavo Plus - The Next Generation of Genealogy Search Engine
  12. ^ "Mocavo". 
  13. ^ "Mocavo Expands Leadership Team with Industry Veterans". 25 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Mocavo Buys ReadyMicro For Digitization Technology -". 
  15. ^ Randy Seaver. "Genea-Musings". 
  16. ^ "GeneaPress". 
  17. ^ "Let's Connect. Mocavo experts join FHISO Founding Members". Family History Information Standards Organisation. 
  18. ^ "RootsWeb: FREEBMD-SYNDICATES-L FreeBMD Newsletter - March 2013". 
  19. ^ James Tanner. "Genealogy's Star: Mocavo makes a bid in database race". 
  20. ^ "Findmypast buys Mocavo". 

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