Database Team

Don LeClair
Database Search Specialist

Don joined NEHGS Web team in 2016 to help manage the applications and processes that support NEHGS’s online database collections. He first got involved with genealogy while in college and spent many a day in the NEHGS library tracing his ancestors through New England and New York. Don also did volunteer indexing work for the library before joining the staff. Don has 30 years of experience in the software industry working in and leading engineering and product management teams focused on IT Management products. Don has a B.A. and MBA from Boston University.

Molly Rogers
Database Coordinator

Molly works on our database collections, maintaining the accuracy of current databases and managing teams of volunteers to transcribe and add new collections. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Molly studied English and French at Colby College in Maine and has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She enjoys many outdoor pursuits such as whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing and has a few indoor hobbies like reading, knitting and creating a genealogy website for her grandmother’s family.

Samuel Paine Sturgis, III
Digital Collections Administrator
Samuel Paine Sturgis, III

Sam was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and worked as a Human Factors researcher in automotive safety for 13 years. He entered the field of commercial software development in 1983 and acted as software developer and development manager at Wang Laboratories and The Foxboro Company. Sam joined the NEHGS staff in 2005.

Sam’s interest in genealogy began shortly after moving to Massachusetts, when he and his family chanced upon the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, during a vacation on Cape Cod. There he discovered that he is a descendent of the Sturgis family that settled on Cape Cod in the 1630s.

Bianca Renzoni
Database Services Volunteer Coordinator

Bianca coordinates Web Team volunteers and their efforts of scanning, indexing, and proofing database information that will be published on the website. Bianca has grown up in Massachusetts, although she loves to travel both around the United States and abroad. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2017 with a BA in anthropology and a BA in history. When she’s not busy working you can find Bianca reading a new book, practicing her French and Italian language skills, or cooking and baking enough food for anyone who stops by as her door and table are always open.