About Juliana Smith
Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for 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.

Articles by Juliana Smith

Branch Out Contest Winner: Heidi Hall and Her Elusive Huff

Posted on February 25, 2014 in Site

Back in October, Heidi Hall won our Branch Out sweepstakes and received 20 hours of research time with the ProGenealogists team. Her main request was to verify the ancestry of Martha Huff. ProGenealogists was able to verify links to George Huff, a Civil War veteran, to his father, Nicholas Huff, a War of 1812 veteran,… Read more

Can’t find a marriage? Check for marriage mills

The genealogist in us diligently records the marriage date and place, and the family historian wonders about the story behind that date. If we’re fortunate, we may have a photograph of the happy couple on their wedding day, or some other memento of the occasion. A story may have been passed down through the family.… Read more

AncestryDNA: How a Photograph Led to a Cousin Connection

Posted on February 3, 2014 in Stories

One of the great things about our Facebook community is seeing the stories being shared of people making connections through While it may take a little courage to reach out to someone you don’t know, even if they do seem to be related, the rewards typically outweigh any initial misgivings. Last week I found… Read more

New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas

Posted on January 30, 2014 in Research

For centuries before Europeans took an interest in Kansas, Native Americans found the area that is now Kansas an abundant place with plentiful buffalo roaming the fertile plains. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 further increased the Native American population as groups from other areas of the U.S. were pushed westward. Early settlement took place… Read more

A Slice of History: Moving Day

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Site

After packing up to move into the house we currently live in (about ten years ago), I remember telling my family, “Let’s make the best of this, because we’re never moving again.” It was one of those moves where things went wrong. My husband threw his back out. Things were broken. Things were lost –… Read more

Moments in Time: 1888

Posted on January 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

Knowing what was going on in the world can give you a fresh perspective on your ancestors. Here’s a look at the events of 1888. I’ll take a look at historical events from other years in future posts.  The year was 1888 and it came in with a roar. Following an unseasonably warm morning, on… Read more

6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014

As we enter a new year, there’s always a degree of uncertainty as to what lies ahead.  Resolutions really give you a chance to grab the wheel and chart a course that can help you for the better. When you take control and set goals, good things happen. Here are a few of the family… Read more

What You Might Have Missed in 2013

Posted on January 2, 2014 in Site, Collections

As the year closes out, it’s natural for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made this year. On the family history front, I’m very thankful. I’ve had some luck with some stubborn lines that have been brick walls for way too long. I recently found a record for a man who is likely my… Read more

Spotlight: Three American Red Cross Nurses

Posted on December 28, 2013 in Collections

Sometimes we run across stories in our collections that just beg to be told. Meet three courageous nurses from the American Red Cross who served in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. Members can browse or search the U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959 on Red Cross Nurses from

Happy 195th (or 142nd?) Birthday, Mary Todd Lincoln!

Posted on December 13, 2013 in Site, Research

If you’ve been researching for any length of time, you’ve probably run into someone who just wasn’t too concerned about giving a correct age in the records he or she left behind. And yes, it does seem to be the ladies most often. (Jane Kelly Pechin, I am thinking of you.) Well, now we can… Read more

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