About Lou Szucs

Loretto Dennis (“Lou”) Szucs, FUGA, holds a degree in history, and has been involved in genealogical research, teaching, lecturing, and publishing for more than thirty years. Previously employed by the National Archives, she is currently executive editor and vice president of community relations for Ancestry.com, Inc.. She has served on many archives and genealogical boards, and was founding secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Currently, she serves as a director on the Board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.She has edited newsletters and quarterly journals for several genealogical societies, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Forum. She authored The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (with Sandra Luebking), as well as They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins; Chicago and Cook County Sources: A Genealogical and Historical Guide; Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America’s Gateway; The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (also with Sandra Luebking), and Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records (with Matthew Wright). Lou was also the executive editor of Ancestry magazine.Since 1980, Lou has lectured at numerous genealogy workshops and national conferences. She has presented at the American Library Association conference and has been interviewed for the Ancestors series, ABC News, CNN news, and most recently on ABC television show, The View. In 1995, she was awarded the designation of fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has received numerous other awards.Note: Lou Szucs used to pay her daughters to find names in microfilm.

Past Articles

Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800s

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Each of us has been touched in some way by the experiences, choices and attitudes of our ancestors.  The decisions they were often forced to make during the great migrations of the 1800s radically changed our ancestors’ world – and ours. 1800-1900 – Unprecedented population growth in Europe along with social, political and religious conflict… Read more

Naturalization Records: What Good Are They and Where Can I Find Them?

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

A Brief History of the Naturalization Process in the United States Naturalization is the legal procedure by which an alien becomes a citizen of a state or country. Every nation has different rules that determine citizenship. In the United States, naturalization is a judicial procedure that flows from Congressional legislation. However, from the time the… Read more

A Civil Rights Sit-In, a Mural Dedication, and a Family Historian’s Moving Story

Posted on June 30, 2014 in In The Community, Moments in Time

With his usual eloquence and the words coming straight from his heart, internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs spoke to a crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony for a mosaic mural at the Burnside Scholastic Academy on June 15, 2014. The 300-square-foot mural commemorates the 1962 Burnside School parent and student sit-in, a spark that helped… Read more

It’s International Worker’s Day: How Did Your Ancestors Make a Living?

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Research

May 1st is set aside in 80 countries as International Worker’s Day – a day to celebrate labor and working people. And this day serves as a reminder of how our ancestors toiled to put food on their tables and roofs over their families’ heads.  Whether your ancestor was a homemaker, a farmer, a factory… Read more

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Posted on February 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Cool Finds, Moments in Time, Searching for Records

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

Honoring Your Fathers

Posted on June 5, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

No matter who we are or where we came from, our dads have played a critical role in determining the kind of individuals we’ve become. With Father’s Day coming quickly, most of us are struggling to come up with the perfect way to honor the special men in our lives. Whether they are living or… Read more