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TechStars 2011 alum Mocavo has raised $4 million in its first round of funding in a bid to help people find their ancestors through its search engine, the company announced today.

Mocavo started getting notice when it become part of the TechStars Boulder program in summer 2011. Its goals fall somewhat in line with major site and it uses a powerful search engine to help people connect the dots about their genealogy.

“Since our launch in March 2011, we have focused on creating the most engaging and social experience in the research of family history,” COO Ryan Hunter wrote on the Mocavo blog this morning. “We’ve already created a custom search engine focused in genealogy, an automated system to send undiscovered content to users, and mobile/web apps to self-publish documents and photos.”

The coveted first round of funding comes from Foundry Group. Seth Levine, Foundry Group’s Managing Director, will join Mocavo’s board.

“We’ve had a great first year, and we’re excited that Foundry shares our passion and vision on the direction of the industry,” Hunter wrote.

Boulder, Colo.-based Mocavo previously raised $1 million in seed funds from a long roster of angel investors (most of them named Dave) including Dave McClure, David Cohen, David Bonderman, David Calone, Dave Carlson, and others.

Ancestry photo: Kateryna Larina/Shutterstock

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