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

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

Seeing Pre- and Post-WWI Britain via Ordnance Survey Maps

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

One of the best things about family history is that it is constantly taking you to new places and times. Even if your ancestors stayed put for generations, the places where they lived changed and evolved through the years. Knowing your ancestor’s surroundings can be critical to your research in terms of locating new records. Where… Read more

Destination America: Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival in U.S. Ports

Posted on April 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Our immigrant ancestors’ journey to America is an important part of the family story. Your ancestor probably entered through any of the more than 70 federal immigrant stations located along the country’s shores, the most famous of which was New York. In our latest free research guide, we’ve gathered interesting details you might not know… Read more

Using the Swedish Household Clerical Exams

Posted on March 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry just updated the collection of Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893, adding records from  Jönköping, Malmöhus, Östergötlands and Skaraborgs. (Records for Älvsborg, Kalmar, and Värmland and a few from Göteborg och Bohus, Kronoberg, and Östergötland have been available since December 2014.) Household examination rolls make up the main church register in Sweden. In them, everyone… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted on March 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On… Read more

Rich Finds in Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874

Posted on March 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

The year 1865 found many African American Civil War veterans and ex- slaves with money in their pockets and there was a need for an institution where they could save that money. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (often referred to as the Freedman’s Bank) was incorporated 150 years ago on 03 March 1865 to… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted on February 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are launching a series entitled “Leaving a Legacy: Important Women in History,” which will feature notable women who influenced the world through their life’s work, immense courage or commitment to a cause. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing the compelling stories of well-known… Read more