Mocavo (New Genealogy Search Engine)

Via Deborah Large Fox, a new genealogy search engine called Mocavo. As Deborah Large Fox points out, since Mocavo scours only genealogy-related sites, and therefore filters out genealogically irrelevant results, it has the potential to be quite useful to family history researchers, though the usual cautions apply (in general, the genealogical information that you find on the internet will range in quality from impressively accurate and well-sourced to fundamentally conjectural and probably inaccurate, if impressively fanciful; and the more you already know about an individual or a family, the better able you will be to parse the distinctions between “true,” “false,” “possibly true,” “almost certainly false,” and etc., more finely. So: the more you already know, the more you can subsequently discover? Well, yeah, basically, but of course this logic is by no means confined to genealogy…).

I first tried “Denis Killeen” at Mocavo (in quotes, to narrow it down a bit to only a Killeen associated with the name of Denis), and was, frankly, a bit surprised to find the first seven search results, and also the ninth, directly related to the Denis Killeen that I had in mind. My second trial, of “James Moran,” was far less successful; but after all, the Moran surname is as common as a garden flower, and the forename of James doesn’t exactly help to identify a special or unusual plant species, so I guess I can’t hold this failure against the new search engine. Mocavo is definitely worth a try.