About Juliana Smith
Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for 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

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

Twists of fate in the family tree on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on February 4, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When you start down a road in your family’s history, you never know whose paths may have crossed in the past. Actor Martin Sheen found that out on the first episode of this season of Who Do You Think You Are?. In a mind-bending twist of fate, he learned that a great-great-great-great-grandfather on his grandmother’s… Read more

Irish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records on

Posted on September 29, 2011 in Site

This week was a happy dance week for those of us with Irish roots. has posted indexes to Irish Civil Registrations which began in 1864 for births,  marriages, and deaths (1845 for non-Catholic marriages). In addition there is an index to births and baptisms that dates back to 1620, extracted from a variety of records.… Read more

Q&A from Finding Your Irish Ancestors in America … and Ireland

Posted on March 17, 2011 in Webinars

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! (St. Patrick’s Day Blessings!) Thanks to everyone who attended our Irish webinar last night. We had two wonderful presenters and a fantastic audience with lots of great questions. If you weren’t able to attend the class, it’s now available in the Learning Center archive here. Since it wasn’t possible to answer… Read more

Find Your Immigrant Ancestors–Free Online Class

Posted on August 19, 2010 in Site

Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors Wednesday, 01 September 2010, 8:00 PM Eastern (New York)  Your immigrant ancestor’s trip to America is among the most compelling chapters in your family history. Join me September 1st for a free online class to learn what you need to know to identify your ancestor in passenger arrival… Read more

Searching for Hospital Records

Posted on September 18, 2009 in Content, Searching for Records

I received the following question this week and thought I’d share what I found here on the blog. My husband’s grandmother died in Central Islip State Hospital in New York City in 1925. The hospital is now closed and the records apparently have been move to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. We would like to get more… Read more

The Card Catalog: What’s in it for me?

Posted on September 11, 2009 in Content

 Last week I was fortunate to be one of the hundreds of family historians who descended on Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. I want to thank everyone who stopped by the booth to chat with us. It was great to see so many first-time attendees. I… Read more

Tips for Researching in City Directories

Posted on August 31, 2009 in Content

I received the following e-mail from an Ancestry Weekly Discovery reader and since the answer could be useful to many of you, I thought I’d answer it here. I have done extensive New York City directory research. Sometimes addresses appear with an h. for house, particularly if the person also has a business address.  But… Read more

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