24th Annual Workshop

Using Ancestry® for Your Ancestry

Guest Speaker:  Juliana Szucs 

Juliana Szucs has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 18 years. She began her family history journey when she was 11 years old, trolling through microfilms with her mother. 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.

8:00 am  Registration and browsing.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase.

9:00 am  Getting the Most from Ancestry
Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

10:30 am  Common Surnames: Ways to Identify Your Ancestors in a Crowd
Whether your ancestor was a Smith, Jones, Brown, or Johnson, Juliana will share some tips for tracking them down. Using charts, spreadsheets, and a little common sense, you’ll leave this class with some ideas for narrowing your search.

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm  Coming to America: Finding Arrival Records and Stories on Ancestry
Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names. Learn how to locate and use these records effectively and discover the story of your ancestor’s immigration to America.

2:30 pm  Navigating the Probate Collection on Ancestry
In the fall of 2015, Ancestry launched a collection of more than 30 million records and 170 million images of probate records from across the U.S. Within this collection are many treasures that may not come up in a search. Learn the ins and outs of navigating this unique collection and using the tools that Ancestry has created to make it even more valuable down the road. There is a 30-minute break between the 1st and 2nd sessions and the 3rd and 4th.