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

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

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes, and Perhaps Your Ancestors?

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” actually has closer to 12,000 lakes that are more than 10 acres in size (11, 842 to be exact). There are also 6,564 natural rivers and streams that flow through 69,200 miles, and more than 10 million acres of wetlands. With all that water, it’s not surprising that there’s even… Read more

With Polish Pride: Celebrating Constitution Day

Posted on May 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

The other day marked my paternal grandmother’s 108th birthday and although she’s been gone nearly 18 years, I still miss her dearly. I can remember sitting and listening to her tell me about the trips she’d gone on and the days of her youth when she and Grandpa won dance contests in Cleveland. I especially… Read more

This Week and Always, We Remember

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, World Archives Project

In the U.S., yesterday marked the start of Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. It began with a House resolution in 1979 that set aside April 28th and 29th, the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau, as days to remember those whose lives were cut short by the… Read more

Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Posted on April 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research, Social Media, Stories

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more