Michael J. Leclerc

Chief Genealogist, Mocavo

Michael J. Leclerc is an internationally renowned genealogist. He has authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines as well as scholarly journals. He is a popular presenter at genealogy conferences and seminars around the world. After fifteen years, Michael left his position at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011. He joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist in 2012.

Michael writes about genealogical research and methodology for the Mocavo blog. He also hosts Mocavo Fireside Chat, where he talks with leading genealogists about research and methodology and answers questions from subscribers.

During his tenure at NEHGS, he was responsible for the launch of two websites, bringing searchable databases from the Society's collections to its members for the first time. He edited a number of books, including Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, with Henry Hoff, and the fifth edition of the Society's seminal guidebook Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. He was a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine, and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Michael served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. You can reach him at and

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