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: Someone Special

Posted on July 10, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

A few weeks ago for our Throwback Thursday writing prompt, I talked about our family vacations and how every year we visited family. I discussed the road trip and prep for it, but didn’t really get into what we’re all about as family historians—the people. We spend a huge amount of time scanning old documents… Read more

Five Things About the Port of San Francisco

Posted on June 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

This week, we take our series on ports beyond New York to the West Coast with five things about the Port of San Francisco. 1. Overland Immigration With the advantage of a natural harbor, it’s interesting that some of the most notable immigration to San Francisco came overland. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Family Vacations

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

Summer is officially underway and across the country, families are packing up for vacation destinations. And that is the theme of this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. My family took a summer vacation every year, but rather than destinations like Disneyland or national parks, we visited family. My mom had two families. Her east coast… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things to Know About the Port of New Orleans

Posted on June 14, 2014 in Research

This week we continue our series on ports beyond New York with five facts about the Port of New Orleans. 1.  Return Trip Immigration The city of New Orleans quickly rose to prominence as a commercial center as exports like cotton and other agricultural products from the South left for trade centers in Europe. On… Read more

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