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Tutorial: Searching the Web With Mocavo
8/2/2011
A new-on-the-scene search engine, Mocavo, is genealogy-specific and blazing fast. It searches tens of thousands of websites such as forums, blogs, state archives, Find A Grave, the Library of Congress, Internet Archive and the National Archives.
Type an ancestral name, place or type of document into Google, and you're guaranteed to get millions of hits. For most purposes, that's not a problem--but for genealogists, it means wading through pages of search results, trying to find matches that relate to their families.

A new-on-the-scene search engine, Mocavo, aims to solve that problem. It's genealogy-specific and blazing fast, and it searches tens of thousands of websites such as forums, blogs, state archives, Find A Grave, the Library of Congress, Internet Archive and the National Archives.

You'll still get a lot of hits using Mocavo, but they'll relate directly to family history. A Google search for "Miles Dimmitt" generates 1,300 results, while Mocavo finds just 70--all genealogy-focused. Running a search with built-in "genealogy filters" is particularly great if you have a common surname or one that doubles as a common word (such as Hill or White).

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