Findmypast Acquires Genealogy Website Mocavo

By Diane Haddad

Another week, another acquisition for British genealogy company Findmypast: The company just announced that it has purchased, a genealogy search engine, records and family tree website. Mocavo will become a fully owned subsidiary of Findmypast.

The announcement from Findmypast is here. You can read Mocavo’s statement about the acquisition on its home page and blog.

As part of the acquisition, Findmypast’s indexes to the US Census from 1790 to 1940 are now free at

On Mocavo, you can search and view results from individual datasets for free; subscribers can search across the site, access advanced search features and download records. (So to see full results from the census index for free, you should scroll down on the census search page and search one decade at a time, rather than the entire US census at once.)

In 2012, Mocavo acquired ReadyMicro, which specialized in digitizing historical records. That acquisition has led to encouraging development in software that can “read” handwritten records and make them searchable online.

“Our heritage and rich record collections coupled with Mocavo’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination,” says Findmypast director of family history D. Joshua Taylor.

“Expect Mocavo to grow stronger with Findmypast’s support and to continue to drive innovation in the family history category,” says Cliff Shaw, who founded Mocavo in 2011.

Several of Shaw’s earlier genealogy startups have been acquired by major companies. GenForum, which Shaw founded as a college student, was purchased by (and is soon to become read-only). Shaw also founded Pearl Street Software and BackUpMyTree, both of which were purchased by MyHeritage.

Last week, Findmypast acquired British and Irish genealogy site