About Juliana Szucs

Juliana Szucs has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Past Articles

Finding Your Irish Roots in Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Posted on March 11, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

I feel like the doors to my Irish ancestry have suddenly been opened wide with the recent addition of more than 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers on Ancestry. For many of us, this collection represents the best chance of discovering a written record of our ancestors and their families online. The National Library of… Read more

6 Tipps für den erfolgreichen Einstieg in die Familienforschung

Posted on February 5, 2016 in Germany, Research

Wenn man ganz neu mit der Arbeit an einem Familienstammbaum beginnt, möchte man am liebsten sofort loslegen und einfach nur neue Namen hinzufügen. Ihr Stammbaum erhält jedoch festere Wurzeln, wenn Sie die folgenden Tipps beherzigen. Beginnen Sie bei sich selber. Vermutlich finden Sie sich selber längst nicht so spannend wie ferne Vorfahren aus längst vergangenen Zeiten,… Read more

A Dozen Places to Find Immigrant Origins

Posted on January 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

There’s a unique thrill that comes when we identify an immigrant ancestor in our family tree. That ancestor’s decision had a huge impact on who we are today. Finding a connection to your immigrant’s place of origin in the old country can fuel our passion for family history. Here are ten places to look to… Read more

Seis consejos para comenzar tu árbol genealógico con el pie derecho

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Mexico

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to translate several of our most popular blog posts in Spanish. You can find the English version of this blog post here. Al comenzar a elaborar tu árbol genealógico, sentirás la tentación de sumergirte de lleno y… Read more

5 Things to Help You Get the Most from U.S. Probates on Ancestry

Posted on September 4, 2015 in Collections

  With the launch earlier this week of our U.S. Probates and Wills collection, we have been fielding many questions about how best to navigate the more than 30 million records and 170 million images. Because there is such a wide variety of documents included in an estate file, sometimes it’s tough to know exactly… Read more

U.S. Probates are here!

Posted on September 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

What if I told you there was a record that could walk you through your ancestor’s house and tell you what he (or she) owned, room by room? What kind of tools he used in his business? How much livestock he owned? Would you be interested? Or what if there was a record that told… Read more

On the Street Where They Lived: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Hometown in UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 Collection

Posted on August 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you ever wondered about the places where your ancestor lived? What did their street look like? The church they attended? What was the view as your ancestor went into town or to the market? Thanks to Francis Frith, many of us can now get a glimpse of ancestral towns and cities as they looked… Read more

SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Posted on July 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research. Once you locate an ancestor in the… Read more

Fathers Paving the Way: Birds of Passage

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You could hear the emotion in her voice as Lillian Galletta told Janet Levine of the National Park Service about her arrival at Ellis Island in 1928. We were in this big room, very large room, and they called your name out. And when they called Galletta, my father came running through the turnstile, and… Read more

Family HerStory: Guide for Finding the Stories of Women in Your Family Tree

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

What did your Civil War ancestor’s wife do doing the Civil War? Or his mother? Or his sister? Did she run a farm? Did she follow him as vivandière? Was she left a widow? Did she file a homestead claim? The mothers and other women in our family history research all have stories to tell,… Read more