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About Juliana Smith
Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. 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, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Articles by Juliana Smith

Throwback Thursday Topic: Regional Expressions and Names

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

One of the wondrous thing about traveling to visit family in various parts of the country was hearing the different expressions used by our family. It went beyond the whole soda vs. pop vs. coke debate (although we did have that discussion on a regular basis and for the record, the correct term is “pop”).… Read more

Connecting with Cousins

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

For years, I battled with the decision over whether to make my tree public or private. What if there was something wrong in it? I do a lot of my research offline and a lot of my pre-computer research resides in binders. I’ve used that and more recent research over the years to construct timelines… Read more

Dillinger’s Jailor, Sheriff Lillian Holley

Posted on July 22, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Eighty years ago today, John Dillinger was gunned down after seeing a show at Chicago’s Biograph Theater, betrayed by the “woman in red” who tipped off the FBI. Dillinger was big news and newspapers across the country carried stories of his death and illustrious criminal career. In the midst of the Depression, some viewed him… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Boston

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

Boston’s history as a port is long. Here are 5 things you might not know about the port of Boston. 1. Not that Popular Early On Despite deep colonial roots, for most years Boston was not the port of choice for immigrants. Even the more distant port of New Orleans drew more immigration from Europe… Read more

New State Research Guide: New Hampshire

Posted on July 11, 2014 in Research

This week we pay tribute to the great state of New Hampshire. Here are five things you might not  know about New Hampshire: 1. New Hampshire was the first of the colonies to declare its independence from England. In January 1776, it established an independent government and constitution. 2. The first potatoes planted in the… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

As I write this, I’m getting ready for a trip to Utah. As a fairly frequent traveler, I know that to make the trip less stressful, I need lists. Lists are what keep me from wandering around the house searching for nothing in particular, grasping randomly for things I might need, and missing items I… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Someone Special

Posted on July 10, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

A few weeks ago for our Throwback Thursday writing prompt, I talked about our family vacations and how every year we visited family. I discussed the road trip and prep for it, but didn’t really get into what we’re all about as family historians—the people. We spend a huge amount of time scanning old documents… Read more

Five Things About the Port of San Francisco

Posted on June 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

This week, we take our series on ports beyond New York to the West Coast with five things about the Port of San Francisco. 1. Overland Immigration With the advantage of a natural harbor, it’s interesting that some of the most notable immigration to San Francisco came overland. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Family Vacations

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

Summer is officially underway and across the country, families are packing up for vacation destinations. And that is the theme of this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. My family took a summer vacation every year, but rather than destinations like Disneyland or national parks, we visited family. My mom had two families. Her east coast… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things to Know About the Port of New Orleans

Posted on June 14, 2014 in Research

This week we continue our series on ports beyond New York with five facts about the Port of New Orleans. 1.  Return Trip Immigration The city of New Orleans quickly rose to prominence as a commercial center as exports like cotton and other agricultural products from the South left for trade centers in Europe. On… Read more

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