Genealogy Professor developed from a passion to provide high-quality independent education to those who want to find their ancestors. Major websites often focus on getting subscribers in the door without considering that most genealogists need a variety of resources to identify the members of their family tree. Our focus is high-quality education to give researchers the tools they need, no matter where those tools are to be found. This includes the incredible resources that are not yet available online that can make the difference between success and failure.



Michael J. LeclercMichael J. Leclerc, CG, is the founder of Genealogy Professor, bringing with him a unique variety of experience in the field. Over the past 25 years he has worked in the non-profit, for-profit, and startup sectors of family history in a variety of positions. He has taught family history to audiences large and small around the world.

He is author of the “Crafting Family Histories” chapter in Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards. He has edited several 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 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 is an associate of the prestigious Board for Certification of Genealogists. He has served on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

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