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

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

New State Research Guide: Welcome to Maine, The “Pine Tree State”

Posted on April 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This week’s dive into the history of the state of Maine was an interesting one and full of contradictions. It is the largest New England state (nearly as large as all of the other New England states combined), and it is also the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. It declared war on… Read more

The Year Was 1941

Posted on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more

Finding Maiden Names

Posted on March 18, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

March is Women’s History Month and while you see plenty of coverage of high-profile women in the news and online, I think it’s equally important to honor the women in our own families. Their day-to-day struggles may not surface in history books, but their legacy lives on in the generations that followed them. Finding the… Read more

Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too!

Posted on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Juliana's Corner

Reading Anna Swayne’s blog post, Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?, I was reminded of the friendly sibling rivalry between my sisters and I shared when it came to who was more Irish. I can confirm Anna’s find that proximity to being born near St. Patrick’s Day does not factor in when it comes… Read more

New State Research Guide: Welcome to the Constitution State! Connecticut

Posted on March 1, 2014 in Research

As a self-confessed history-geek, one of the biggest perks of my job is getting to dive in and learn about new places and times. This week I got to learn about the “Constitution State” (or “Nutmeg State” if you prefer). As I dug into early Connecticut, one of the things that struck me was the… Read more

The Mitchelville Preservation Project

Posted on February 27, 2014 in Moments in Time, Stories

I love hearing about interesting projects that incorporate family history into history on a larger scale. Last fall when I was in Utah, my friend Kim Harrison, who is the product manager for our institutional accounts, told me about a unique project that is commemorating the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. During… Read more