National Archives at New York City

Getting the Most from Ancestry

On April 1, Join Loretto Szucs and her daughter and coworker, Juliana Smith for a noontime lecture on the many ways to locate your family heritage in one of the most utilized online resources available. With more than 13 billion records in more than 30,000 collections at Ancestry, some of the richest records and most fascinating stories don’t surface as quickly as we want them to. This presentation will highlight some exciting new records and show you how to use the powerful search tools to find them, to document them and to share your family stories most effectively.

This program is free and open to the public, in the 3rd floor Learning Center of the National Archives at New York City at One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

Due to limited space, and please register in advance via or 866-840-1752.

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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, 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.

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Juliana Szucs Smith began her love for family history by trolling through census microfilms when she was 11 years old. As editor of the newsletter for the Chicago Genealogy, she honed her writing and research skills. She has worked for for 15 years, editing daily and weekly newsletters for most of that time. 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.

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For more than a decade, and the National Archives have collaborated to make important historical records available to the public, demonstrating their commitment to preserving America’s heritage. currently has the largest online collection of digitized and indexed National Archives content, including passenger lists from 1820-1960, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards. The growing collection of NARA records includes more than 750 million names and 70 million images in census, immigration and military records, among many others.

For more information on the agreement between and NARA, visit