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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

Take Your Tree with You This Summer

Posted on July 1, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Mobile, Site Features

Summer is prime time for research trips, cemetery visits, and family reunions. For family historians, these trips used to take extra planning. Along with the sunscreen, bug spray, and potato salad, family reunions required choosing which books, papers, and photos to bring along for research or sharing—and the inevitability of forgetting something important. With the… Read more

Finding Moms and Grandmoms in the Family Tree

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Sometimes it gets tricky chasing moms and great-grandmas through the family tree, particularly if Great-Grandma is hiding squarely behind a married name. Don’t give up. When you’re faced with the tough task of tracing an elusive female back through history, it pays to be persistent. You’ll find plenty of rewards by tracing female family lines.… Read more

Discovering True Love

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more

Ancestry.com Adds 1940 Census Indexes for 15 States

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

Last night Ancestry.com released its largest batch of indexes to the 1940 census yet. The addition of fifteen new states puts the Ancestry.com index at 55% complete. Indexes are now available for these twenty-six states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire,… Read more

Andy Griffith’s Legacy

Posted on July 3, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

My heart fell this morning when I heard the news that the beloved actor, Andy Griffith, had passed. Through the cold Chicago winters, and hot summers as well, my sisters and I would park in front of the TV when the The Andy Griffith Show would come on.  Decades later, I remember telling my daughter… Read more

1940 Census Indexes for Six More States—CO, OH, PA, TN, VT, and VA

Posted on June 30, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

This week Ancestry.com launched 1940 census indexes for six more states—Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.  Who are you looking for and what stories will you discover? Here are some well-known names that we’ve run across. Tina Turner While the unincorporated town of Nutbush doesn’t really have “city limits” as the name of the… Read more

Three Days, Three Free Classes

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Events, Webinars

I hope you’ll join me and several of my Ancestry.com colleagues for three days of free online classes. Ancestry.com Searches: A Behind the Scenes Look, presented by John Bacus Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 8 PM ET Learn how search at Ancestry.com works AND get an inside view of tricks you’ll need to take full advantage… Read more

Last Night on Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering Our Ancestors’ Motivations

Posted on March 3, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

The best part of last night’s Who Do You Think You Are? When Reba McEntire told herself not to get angry until she gathered more facts about her 7th-great-grandfather, the one who sent his child to the New World as an indentured servant. It may not have been the immigrant-ancestor story Reba had originally imagined… Read more

Where There’s a Wall, There’s a Way

Posted on February 25, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Just when I think Who Do You Think You Are? can’t get any better, they blow me away with last night’s episode. The show, sponsored by Ancestry.com, had so many fantastic twists and turns it was almost breathtaking. When they hit a wall, they turned to alternatives like DNA testing to discover distant relatives and… Read more

Mysteries and Other Good Stories in the Family Tree

Posted on February 11, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Marissa Tomei’s journey into the past on last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (Fridays 8/7c on NBC) centered on the untimely death of her great-grandfather. At the start, he was little more than a name in the family tree and the subject of speculation—of the shadiest type. But his reputation got… Read more

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