It is with great pleasure that the Board of the Utah Genealogical Association announces the awarding of the UGA Silver Tray Award to Loretto â€œLouâ€ Dennis Szucs. Instituted in 1973, the award was initially given to an individual or organization for â€œScholarly Contributions in the Field of Genealogy.â€ Since 1988 the award has focused on efforts in the field of publications.
Mrs. Szucsâ€™ untiring efforts as an author, compiler and editor of superior quality genealogical publications such as The Source and They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins uniquely qualify her for this recognition.Â Her publications are considered “go to” resources for professional and amateur genealogists.
Loretto Dennis â€œLouâ€ Szucs, FUGA, holds a degree in history, and has been involved in genealogical research, teaching, lecturing, and publishing for more than thirty years.Â Previously employed by the National Archives, she is currently executive editor and vice president of community relations for The Generations Network.Â She has served on many archives and genealogical boards, and was founding secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.Â 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 Societiesâ€™ FORUM.Â She authored 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 Americaâ€™s Gateway; The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Filed Branches (with Sandra Luebking), and Finding Ancestors in U.S. Census Records (with Matthew Wright).
Since 1980, Lou has lectured at numerous genealogy workshops and national conferences.Â She has presented at the American Library Association conference and has been interviewed for the Ancestor series, ABC News, CNN News, and most recently on the ABC show, The View.Â In 1995, she was awarded the designation of fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has received numerous other awards.
The Utah Genealogical Association was chartered December 1, 1971, by the State of Utah as a nonprofit educational organization, with the expressed goal to provide genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on state, national and international family history topics, while promoting high standards and ethical practices. UGA sponsors the annual Fall Conference and the annual week-long Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in addition to publishing the UGA quarterly, Crossroads.