The story of immigration is the story of our nation and your ancestors’ stories make up the real and sometimes untold story of America. With over 13 billion historical records at Ancestry, we sometimes overlook important clues in some of the richest immigration collections – and some of the smaller collections you might not have thought to use. From the earliest immigration and naturalization records kept to the most recent and sometimes less obvious, this presentation will show you how to find and use these collections most effectively.
Loretto Dennis Smith (“Lou”) is Vice President of Community Relations at Ancestry.com. With more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, archivist, author, editor and community leader, she continues to serve on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, as a member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society. Previously she served on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee and has appeared on television news stories and on The View. She was co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; co-author of The Archives and author of a number of books and articles.
Juliana Szucs Smith is Senior Communication and Education Associate at Ancestry.com has been with Ancestry.com for more than 15 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source. She is a former editor of the Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and for many years, she was the editor of The Ancestry Daily News and Ancestry’s Weekly Journal. Also for Ancestry.com, she has presented a number of webinars and videos. She regularly speaks at local, state and national conferences. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.