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 Theme: Childhood Play Spaces and Hiding Spots

Posted on June 12, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Last week I took a little time off for my daughter’s high school graduation and spent a few days cleaning up the yard for her party. We have a little section off to the side where the playhouse she used when she was little still sits. Now it’s used more to store my garden pots… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things About the Port of Philadelphia

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it, sometimes to the exclusion of other important ports. Last week we began a series of articles on ports beyond New York, with a look at the Port of Baltimore. This week we continue our… Read more

New Wisconsin State Research Guide

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Happy belated 166th birthday, Wisconsin! You don’t look a day over 160. But you do have a rich and storied past. Home to a vibrant fur trade in the 1600s and 1700s, you drew the French, the British, and Native American tribes seeking an escape from the Iroquois Wars of the 17th century. Later waves… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Garden Memories

Posted on May 29, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

In addition to growing my family tree, I’m also a gardening enthusiast. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an understatement. I’m a gardening freak. It is my sanctuary, my dirt therapy, and the place I get my best brainstorming done. I love growing heirloom tomatoes and peppers and have a good selection, as well as… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Baltimore

Posted on May 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time, Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it. There’s so much focus on New York that it can be easy to forget about other important ports. In my own family, my grandfather proudly told me how his father passed through Ellis Island. True… Read more

Turn on AMC: A Couple Family History Takeaways

Posted on May 25, 2014 in Moments in Time

Growing up I was a bookworm. (See yesterday’s blog post for Throwback Thursdays. That’s me on the right, nose in a book.) Even then I loved to read about history. There was a series of biographies at our school library that I worked my way through from start to finish. Between those and the Nancy… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Mother Nature and the Weather

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Last Thursday we kicked off a series of prompts to get us documenting our own personal histories with a look back at our bedrooms growing up. In it, I shared the story of my family hanging out in the crawl space during tornado watches and warnings. It prompted me to think about some of the… Read more

Throwback Thursdays: Family History Style

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

I’m feeling time slipping by more acutely these days. In less than a month, my daughter will be graduating from high school and it’s hitting me hard. I’ve been going through old pictures in preparing a project for the occasion and the memories are just washing over me. (Note to self: Buy more tissues.) For… Read more

How to Get Kids Interested in Family History

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

Last year there was an article in the New York Times citing a connection between children who knew something of their family’s history and their self-esteem and control over their own lives. Those who knew something of their ancestry responded better to difficult times, had a sense of self-worth and they also felt better about… Read more

Henry P. Kirk: Turn of the Century Action Hero

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Last week Newspapers.com announced its partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library to complete a full digital archive of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by digitizing negative microfilm of the paper provided by the Library of Congress. There is now a full run of the newspaper online covering the years 1841-1955. I thought with the new newspapers that were… Read more