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.

Past Articles

Throwback Thursday Topic: Birthdays and Un-Birthdays

Posted on August 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up, birthdays were a big deal in our house. Everybody had to be nice to you and you got to choose dinner and what kind of cake you wanted. I always wanted either Hungarian nut torte (a family favorite) or white cake with seven-minute frosting. The lamb on the torte in this picture was… Read more

Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunities

Posted on August 6, 2014 in Events, Juliana's Corner

With so much relating to genealogy on the Internet, and most of our correspondence being done via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it is easy to forget how much fun it is to actually go out and meet our fellow family historians face-to-face.  Genealogical conferences offer this unique opportunity, as well as the chance to learn… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Games We Played

Posted on July 31, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up we played a lot of games. Some were your typical kids’ games, some were completely made up. I remember a girlfriend and I had a marathon game of Monopoly one summer. We would play every morning until we got tired and then leave it for the next day, when we’d pick up where… Read more

Six Things to Look for in City Directories

Posted on July 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research

City directories are incredible sources. In many cities, they were published annually, which can give us a lot of detail about our ancestors. Here are six things to look for in city directories. 1. Your Ancestor and Other Family Members Sure, you’re going to look for your ancestor, but look for other family members, too.… Read more

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?

Posted on July 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Searching for Records, Site Features

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