About Juliana Szucs

Juliana Szucs 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: Bumps, Bruises, and Other Childhood Injuries

Posted on October 9, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

As last week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) post revealed with my curling iron accident, I am not the world’s most graceful person. While my sister’s seemed to get through childhood with relatively few injuries, I seemed to get more than my fair share of jammed fingers, sprained ankles, skinned knees, and stitches. Nothing major mind you,… Read more

The Great Chicago Fire and Our Latest Free State Research Guide – Illinois!

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Mexico, Research

Following a Midwest summer drought and a September in which less than an inch of rain fell, dry southwest winds blew into the Chicago area with temperatures for the first week in October of 1871 ranging for the most part in the 70s and 80s. These dry conditions made the city of Chicago, a city… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Hairstyles and What We Endured to Get Them

Posted on October 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

The other day my daughter asked me about a long mark on my shoulder. I had to tell her it was a minor burn from dropping a curling iron onto said shoulder that morning. I had my head bent forward and was reaching up trying to curl a section on the top back of my… Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Family Tree Off to a Good Start

Posted on October 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Juliana's Corner, Mexico, United Kingdom

When you’re first getting started with your family tree, it’s tempting to just dive in and start adding names. If you do a little reconnaissance beforehand, you can give your tree in a firm foundation in which it will thrive.  1. Start with yourself. I know you may not find yourself as interesting as all… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Library Memories

Posted on September 25, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Did you know September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? That makes it the perfect time for you or someone you know who doesn’t have a card to sign up. It also makes it the perfect time to share your favorite library memories. As family historians, you probably have a lot of favorite library memories, like… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys

Posted on September 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

Now that my daughter is off to college, I’ve been doing some heavy duty house cleaning and going through some of her old toys that for some reason I’ve hung onto. I guess I figured if we hung on to them, we could hang on to some of her fleeting childhood. But it’s time to go… Read more

5 Things You Might Not Know About Colorado

Posted on September 13, 2014 in Research

Colorado joined the U.S. in the country’s centennial year and has had a colorful history, before and after being admitted as the 38th state. Here are five things you might not know about the “Centennial State.” 1. In 1860, during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the greatest number of immigrants to Colorado came from Ohio,… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Cars and Learning to Drive

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

This past weekend, my daughter bought her first vehicle: a used small pick-up that we got from a friend who was looking to sell and gave us a good deal. I was thinking back on the vehicles that have played a part in my life, and about my love-hate relationship with driving, so this week… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Round-Up: September 8 Edition

Posted on September 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: September 5th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to the Tar Heel State! The North Carolina State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Throwback Thursday Topic: School Activities and Projects by Juliana Szucs Smith Preserve the Pensions: An Update from FGS 2014 by Amy Johnson Crow Spotlight: Texas State Genealogical… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: School Activities and Projects

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

Last week Ancestry added 43,000+ new yearbooks to its existing collection bringing the total to 99,000+ yearbooks. I was thinking back on my days in school and all of the projects I had to create and the activities I participated in. In high school, I was a Mathlete. Yes, you heard that right. No idea… Read more