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

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

Welcome to U.S. Capital…and Our Latest Free Research Guide!

Posted on January 9, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

As we wind down our series of free research guides for the U.S., we’ve just added the District of Columbia. To celebrate, here are five things you might not have known about our nation’s capital. 1. The 10-mile by 10-mile diamond-shaped tract that was initially ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia for the… Read more

Finding the Hidden Stories in Your Tree

Posted on January 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Technology is a wonderful thing. With a few clicks of a mouse, we can find the records of our ancestors and attach them to our online tree in minutes. But sometimes we go a little too fast. Those records we so quickly hide in our tree hold the keys to our next research steps. Even… Read more

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