Our Story

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 on giving researchers the tools they need, no matter where those tools are to be found. This includes not only digital materials, but the incredible resources not yet available online that can make the difference between success and failure.

Michael J. Leclerc, CG, is a popular genealogical presenter, teacher, author, and editor. He got his start in genealogy thirty years ago when he first visited the American-French Genealogical Society. From 1995 through 2011 he served in various positions at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. he served in a variety of capacities from research services to the library to publications. 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. Starting in 2020 he is the managing editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

In 2012 he joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist, leaving in the summer of 2015. he worked with the development team to implement features of use to genealogists. He wrote about genealogical research and methodology for the Mocavo blog and made presentations around the world about how to use the website. He also hosted Mocavo Fireside Chat, interviewing leading genealogists about research and methodology and answering questions from Mocavo subscribers. In 2016 he started Genealogy Professor to provide high-quality genealogical education to family historians.

He has authored numerous articles for scholarly journals and genealogy magazines. In 2018 he authored the chapter “Crafting Family Histories” in Professional Genealogy: Preperation, Practice, & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. He has presented at genealogy conferences and seminars around the world. He served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Michael has presented at genealogical conferences, seminars, and institutes around the world, including:

  • Federation of Genealogical Studies conference
  • GenTech
  • National Genealogical Society conference
  • RootsTech

He has also been on the faculty of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For the past ten years he has been part of the teaching team for Boston University’s online certificate program in genealogy.