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Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 15 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

New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas

Posted on January 30, 2014 in Research

For centuries before Europeans took an interest in Kansas, Native Americans found the area that is now Kansas an abundant place with plentiful buffalo roaming the fertile plains. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 further increased the Native American population as groups from other areas of the U.S. were pushed westward. Early settlement took place… Read more

A Slice of History: Moving Day

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

After packing up to move into the house we currently live in (about ten years ago), I remember telling my family, “Let’s make the best of this, because we’re never moving again.” It was one of those moves where things went wrong. My husband threw his back out. Things were broken. Things were lost –… Read more

Moments in Time: 1888

Posted on January 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

Knowing what was going on in the world can give you a fresh perspective on your ancestors. Here’s a look at the events of 1888. I’ll take a look at historical events from other years in future posts.  The year was 1888 and it came in with a roar. Following an unseasonably warm morning, on… Read more

6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014

As we enter a new year, there’s always a degree of uncertainty as to what lies ahead.  Resolutions really give you a chance to grab the wheel and chart a course that can help you for the better. When you take control and set goals, good things happen. Here are a few of the family… Read more

What You Might Have Missed in 2013

Posted on January 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

As the year closes out, it’s natural for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made this year. On the family history front, I’m very thankful. I’ve had some luck with some stubborn lines that have been brick walls for way too long. I recently found a record for a man who is likely my… Read more

Spotlight: Three American Red Cross Nurses

Posted on December 28, 2013 in Collections

Sometimes we run across stories in our collections that just beg to be told. Meet three courageous nurses from the American Red Cross who served in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. Members can browse or search the U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959 on Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com: Red Cross Nurses from Ancestry.com

Happy 195th (or 142nd?) Birthday, Mary Todd Lincoln!

Posted on December 13, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

If you’ve been researching for any length of time, you’ve probably run into someone who just wasn’t too concerned about giving a correct age in the records he or she left behind. And yes, it does seem to be the ladies most often. (Jane Kelly Pechin, I am thinking of you.) Well, now we can… Read more

Fill in Ancestral Backstory with New Texas Research Guide

Posted on November 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

I have to admit to being a bit behind the times when it comes to watching The Hunger Games, but to be fair, I’m a rather obsessed genealogist and I spend an inordinate amount of time living in the world of my ancestors. But in seeking some common ground with the hubby, I settled in a… Read more

Is Your Family History Safe from Disaster?

Posted on November 18, 2013 in Juliana's Corner, Research Helps

As a life-long Midwesterner, I know that when the weatherman puts you in a high-risk zone for dangerous weather, you pay attention. It’s gonna get ugly. So yesterday morning when I woke to that big red high-risk bubble over Illinois and Indiana, I knew we had to hit the ground running. The little closet in… Read more

Tips for Translating Records

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Research, Research Helps

Your family tree has roots beyond America’s shores. For many of us, crossing the pond with our research can mean language challenges, but with a little help, it’s possible to make sense of foreign records.  It’s just a matter of using clues and translation tools to puzzle things out. And who doesn’t like a good… Read more

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