Mocavo approached me and asked me to do a review in return for a free subscription to their “plus” website and I readily agreed.  I’ve been wanting to give it a try and this was my chance!

Mocavo is the world’s first and largest genealogy search engine.  Google is great and serves its purpose, but it often gives too many search results, many of them not relevant to family history. Sometimes it’s hard to wade through all of them and find the ones that actually pertain to your ancestor – I can attest to that.

Let’s see how it performs by doing a couple of searches.  With the free edition of Mocavo, you are able to do basic searches, but the plus version has an advanced search panel with names and dates.  I will be using the advanced search.

I chose one of my husband’s ancestors, Joseph David Hollingsworth to start out with.  I entered his full name and his birth and death years.

I only got 2 results.  I decided that maybe I was making my search too narrow with the years and pulled them out for the next search.

This search gave me many more results and the majority of them were the person I was looking for.

There is a little button you can push at the end of each result, stating whether the person is the one you’re looking for, maybe a good match, or not who you’re looking for.

Even though I had 25 results, many of them were in fact, written by me.  That’s a problem that I usually come across when I use Google also.

Mocavo has a great little box on the side of the page, where you can exclude all results from a certain source (you can enter in a number of different ones).  I excluded my blog address and came up with much better search results. I love my blog, but my own posts aren’t going to help me in my research. 🙂

Besides doing a number of searches on different ancestors, I also uploaded a tree to the website.

Now, I get emails when new results have been found.  Here is one I received about my Brittain ancestors:

Another thing that I wanted to check is whether I had control over the trees that I uploaded.   I deleted the tree just to make sure that it was possible to do so.  It worked.  I’m glad to know that, because we all make mistakes and sometimes include things in our gedcoms that we don’t want to share with the entire world. 🙂

So, after about three weeks of use, I’m very happy with Mocavo.  It is a definite addition to my arsenal of genealogy tools.

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I am so ready for some down time (and genealogy is my down time)!  I just finished up a spouses’ leadership development course, which was every night from 5-10 for two weeks. It severely cut into my evening computer time, but it was well worth the sacrifice.  I also just finished my first ever marathon (walking, not running) this past weekend and am still recovering. I have managed a bit of blog reading this week – some of it on my phone.  I just love technology. 🙂

Everyone is talking about the upcoming release of the 1940 census, so many of my favorite posts this week revolve around that:

And a few pictures from this past week…

This is at about mile 8 of the Bataan Memorial Death March, I think.  I was still happy and carefree. 🙂

And at mile 26 I was so happy to be only .2 of a mile from the finish line!!

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William Albert Pewsey was a brother to my husband’s great-great grandmother, Rosanna Jeanette Pewsey Hollingsworth.


William Albert Pewsey was born August 6. 1850, at London, Canada, and passed away from this life April 2, 1925, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 26 days.

He came to this county with his parents in 1869, settling in Buena Vista county, Iowa. In 1873, he married Mary Ellen Robbins.  Buying land in Lincoln township, enduring all the hardships of the early pioneer life and making his home there for many years.  His wife preceded him in death November 12, 1914.   He moved to Storm Lake in March 1919, living here until the time of his death.  He was a firm believer in the Christian faith from early manhood until the call of death.

He is survived by seven children, Charles H. of Sioux Rapids, Carrie B. Leonard, of Clyde N.D.; Alta D. Ratcliff, of Vermillion, S.D.; Elmer G. and Pearl A. of Storm Lake and Rush and Russell, of Rembrandt.  Also nine grandchildren survive him.  Of a large family, only one survives him, a brother, D.C. Pewsey of Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Methodist church.  Interment was made in the local cemetery.

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I have had a very busy couple of weeks.  We took a great vacation around Arizona and hit many National Parks – so much fun!!  I’m currently taking a spouses’ leadership development course (ie. how to be a Sergeant Major’s wife) which is every night from 5-10 for a couple of weeks.  It has been making for some long days.  Oh, and I’m going to be walking my first marathon this weekend – the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range.  Whew!!

Before I go on to my favorite posts, I want to mention that Google Friend Connect is no longer working with WordPress blogs.  And I have a WordPress blog.  That means that if you had me in your reader through this service, then I’m no longer there. 🙁  Please add me again!!

On to some of my favorite finds…

  • Never Make Love in a Buggy.  Sounds like good advice.  I’d never heard of this little ditty before, which was posted over at A Hundred Years Ago. 🙂
  •  I’m excited about the new series premiering this weekend on PBS – Finding Your Roots.  If only I was going to be at home when it aired.  I wonder if it will be available online afterwards.  I will have to check and see.
  • I was interested to see the new genealogy textbooks for kids by Jennifer Holik available from Generations.  I would love to try them out with my own kids in our homeschool and I’ve often thought that I might like to teach a family history class in our homeschool co-op.   It would be nice to have a textbook to use in class rather than coming up with my own materials.  I think it’s so important to include family history along with world history in a child’s education.
  • There are some interesting GeneaWebinars coming up this week.  I would really like to take the one entitled Juggling Complex Projects While Staying on Track and maybe The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional.
  • I love seeing how much places have changed (or stayed the same over years).  Karen at Ancestor Soup posted an old and new house picture on her blog.
  • I have a lot of ancestors of Irish descent, so I found Seeking the Flock of St. Patrick over at Catholic Gene to be a very informative post!
  • Who Do You Think You Are? is on tonight!  I love Helen Hunt, so I’m looking forward to this episode.
  • There won’t be any Geneabloggers radio tonight – taking a week off for spring break.  Good, because it will give me a chance to get caught up on my podcasts. 🙂
  • The Masterpiece over at Family Archaeologist is a great read.
  • A very happy blogiversary to Debi Austen over at Who Knew?  Love the birthday cake pictures. 🙂

Some pictures from this past week:

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Yesterday I posted Thomas Pusey’s death certificate.  I also received the certificate for his wife, Anna (or Joanna) and am sharing it today.

The first thing I noticed is that she lived to be 102 years old!  Wow!  Her cause of death is listed as old age.

And the next thing I noticed is she died in the Union Workhouse in Cranbrook, Kent, England.

I”m assuming that she wasn’t actually doing any work in that workhouse – I mean could you really work at 102?  I know that workhouses were places where the poor could find a place to live and employment.  I’m assuming that she was being taken care of there.

How sad to die alone and poor.  Her husband passed away 25 years before her, which I’m sure left her without an income.  She had 12 children that I know of, but as far as I know the majority of them died at an early age.  If she lived to be 102, then her children were at the very least in their 60’s and 70’s – probably not in any shape to be caring for an aged parent.  I wonder that she didn’t have any grandchildren or great-grandchildren that could have cared for her.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever know the circumstances of her life in the workhouse, but I did find a site that contained pictures of the building, which is still standing.

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