Mocavo Hires World-Renowned Genealogist, Michael J. Leclerc, as Chief Genealogist

Back in July, Dick Eastman wrote an article bidding renowned genealogist and friend Michael J. Leclerc adieu from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, mentioning his adventures to come. Six months later, our team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be accompanying Leclerc in his future adventures.

Michael has officially joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist and will be working with us to help bring you the richest experience that the genealogical world has to offer. We’re ecstatic to be working with such an industry guru, and our entire team is very excited with what Mocavo will bring to the field of genealogy in 2012.

Mocavo CEO Cliff Shaw said, “I couldn’t be happier to have Michael joining our team. As Mocavo continues to grow and innovate in the space, Michael’s incredible expertise will help us build an ever-improving experience for our users.”

Mr. Leclerc said, “I am very excited to be joining the Mocavo team. I have been impressed as Cliff and his group have continually improved Mocavo during the course of the last year, and they are doing fantastic things for genealogical research. I am looking forward to being a part of the team making such a great difference for the future of family history.”

Welcome to the team, Michael!

About Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc brings more than two decades of experience in genealogy to the Mocavo team. He has authored numerous articles for popular 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 as Director of Special Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011 to pursue other opportunities in the field. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the launch of the first two websites, bringing searchable databases from the Society’s collections to its members for the first time.

He is a member of the board of directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former vice-president of administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.Special Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011 to pursue other opportunities in the field.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 forthcoming fifth edition of the Society’s seminal guidebook Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research.

He served for many years as editor of the Society’s weekly electronic newsletter where his weekly Research Recommendations column was one of the most popular features. He is a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.