Website and Information Technology (IT)

New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Claire Vail
Director of Digital Strategy
Claire Vail

Claire has more than thirteen years of experience as a digital strategist for high-profile institutions in higher education, publishing and media. She has master’s degrees in journalism and English literature, with a concentration in eighteenth-century British and American studies.

Don LeClair
Database Search Specialist
Don LeClair

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 Rogers

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 1630's.

Sam and his wife Gail live in Medway, Massachusetts. They have two grown children: Katie, a Registered Nurse in Wrentham, and David, a software developer in Somerville.

You can email Sam at webmaster@nehgs.org.

John Phlo
Facilities Coordinator and Digitization Assistant
John Phlo

On staff for 21years, John coordinates the Society's shipping and receiving activities and assists in the digitization of materials for the website.

Andy Hanson-Dvoracek
Front End Developer
Andy Hanson-Dvoracek

Andy is originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Having studied guitar and musicology in Boston and Iowa, he has presented research on video game music and minimalist music. Andy joined the NEHGS staff in 2012.

You can email Andy at webmaster@nehgs.org.

Alicia Crane Williams
Alicia is the lead genealogist on the new NEHGS study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff, she compiled and edited numerous important genealogical publications including The Mayflower Descendant, the Alden Family Five Generations project, and the Harlow Family : Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow (1624/5-1691) of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alicia has served as Historian of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Assistant Historian General at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and as Genealogist of the Alden Kindred of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in History from Northeastern University. She can be reached at acwcrane@aol.com.