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

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Adding Context with Unique Ancestry Collections

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Looking at a pedigree chart can be somewhat uninspiring to family members who haven’t yet been bitten with the genealogy bug. We know that those names and dates carry stories, but to really do them justice we need to add context. There are some fantastic resources available on Ancestry that can help us do just… Read more

Immigration to and Migration Within the U.S. in the 1900s

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

The wave of immigration that started in the 1880s continued into the 20th century. Immigration peaked in the first decade of the 20th century with more than 9.2 million immigrants coming into the U.S. in those ten years. With many of the immigrants coming from southern and eastern Europe, there was a push to control… Read more

Tips for Finding Your Ancestors in German Civil Registration Records on Ancestry

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

Ancestry has just launched more than 11.7 million new German records, the majority of which are birth, marriage, and death records. Initially, registrations of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, and throughout the German… Read more

Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey. 1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the Water

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

This past weekend was pool closing weekend. When we bought this house 12 years ago, it came with the pool and while my daughter enjoyed it, I think I’ve been the one who has spent the most time in it. I’ve loved the water since I was little and although we never had a large pool growing up,… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Music

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we were exposed to many different kinds of music – some good, some not-so-much. I can remember listening to my transistor radio at night trying to get the antenna in that perfect spot to get good reception. When I bought my first album and spent $7 on it… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

While global searches on Ancestry—whether in a search form, from your tree, or from Family Tree Maker—are great for capturing some censuses, and many other records where lots of detail has been indexed, sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to uncover new records. It’s important to remember that a global search on Ancestry… Read more

Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research

Posted on October 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

At Ancestry, we know that researching and telling your family story is a craft. And every craftsperson needs a good set of tools. We’re committed to bringing you the best educational resources and research tools possible. Whether it’s a blank census form, research guides, how-to videos, or a community where you can ask questions and share your successes, we’ve… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Bumps, Bruises, and Other Childhood Injuries

Posted on October 9, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

As last week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) post revealed with my curling iron accident, I am not the world’s most graceful person. While my sister’s seemed to get through childhood with relatively few injuries, I seemed to get more than my fair share of jammed fingers, sprained ankles, skinned knees, and stitches. Nothing major mind you,… Read more

The Great Chicago Fire and Our Latest Free State Research Guide – Illinois!

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Research

Following a Midwest summer drought and a September in which less than an inch of rain fell, dry southwest winds blew into the Chicago area with temperatures for the first week in October of 1871 ranging for the most part in the 70s and 80s. These dry conditions made the city of Chicago, a city… Read more