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

Welcome to Big Sky Country! New Montana Research Guide

Posted on December 19, 2014 in Research

We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana. 1. When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest in the 1860s and 1870s, popular routes were by steamboat up the Missouri River or on the Bozeman Trail, a spur off of… Read more

German Pickles, Luminarias, and the Evolution of Christmas Tradition

Posted on December 17, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

As a family historian, you’d expect that my household would be full of ethnic traditions that have been passed from generation to generation, but actually our family traditions are a bit of a smorgasbord from around the world. My daughter has been embracing her German heritage lately and came home from the Chicago Christkindlmarket with… Read more

Welcome to the Hawkeye State – Iowa! Our Latest State Research Guide

Posted on December 9, 2014 in Research

As we wrap up our series of state research guides, we’d like to share five things about Iowa that you might not know. The Iowa State Capitol dome is covered in 23-karat gold leaf. The interior is among the most ornate in the country as well, with twenty-nine varieties of marble incorporated into the décor.… Read more

The Capone Brother You Might Not Know

Posted on December 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you follow Boardwalk Empire, you’re probably aware that two of Al Capone’s brothers had appearances in seasons four and five. Both Raffaele (Ralph) and Salvatore (Frank) were indeed deeply involved in the Chicago mob scene, along with their infamous brother. Frank was gunned down in 1924 by Chicago undercover police who were sent to… Read more

Honoring Those Who Have Served

Posted on November 11, 2014 in Military Records

In the days leading up to Veterans Day today, we’ve run a series of articles on various conflicts in American history. In case you missed any of them, here’s the complete list of posts. Do You Have Revolutionary War Patriots in Your Tree?  Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor  Is That Your Civil War Ancestor… Read more

World War I: The War to End All Wars

Posted on November 7, 2014 in Military Records, Research

They called it the “Great War.” “The war to end all wars.” If only. The costs were great, both in terms of lives and in property. An estimated 9 million lives were lost on the battlefield and more than double that were wounded. As we entered the World War I centennial this year, it’s a… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

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