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.

Who was Newt Knight of “Free State of Jones?”

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 24, 2016 in Research

Today, the story of the Free State of Jones opens in theaters, starring Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight. The movie focuses on an unusual piece of Civil War history. During the Civil War, Newt led a band of Southern farmers from the Piney Woods region of southeastern Mississippi, in a rebellion against the Confederacy. Newt further Read More

Finding Your Irish Roots in Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 11, 2016 in Website

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 by Juliana Szucs 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 by Juliana Szucs on January 5, 2016 in Website

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

U.S. Probates are here!

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 2, 2015 in Website

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

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

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 24, 2015 in Collections, Website

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 by Juliana Szucs on June 18, 2015 in Website

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