Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys

Posted by Juliana Smith 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

Throwback Thursday Topic: Cars and Learning to Drive

Posted by Juliana Smith 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

Throwback Thursday Topic: School Activities and Projects

Posted by Juliana Smith 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

FGS 2014 Recap: Highlights from the Alamo City

Posted by Juliana Smith on September 3, 2014 in Events, Juliana's Corner

Well, the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) 2014 conference has ended and by now, the genealogists who descended on San Antonio are hopefully safely back at home. If they’re like me, they are more energized than ever to get back to researching their families. What a whirlwind week! Had lots of fun learning, exchanging ideas… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Pets

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 28, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

With my puppies huddled around me for protection from a thunderstorm, it was not hard to come up with an idea for this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. I’ve always been drawn to animals of any type, really. I’ve had dogs, cats, fish (that didn’t go so well), and at one point even a ball… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Family Heirlooms

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

The other day I was rummaging through the top of my closet and moved a few things around. I spotted an old hat box that I hadn’t set eyes on in years. Grandma’s hat! Now it is a fur hat, and I’m not really a fur person, which is ironic since Szucs actually means “furrier.”… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Lessons I Took

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 14, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

As the eldest of four girls, I was a bit of a guinea pig when it came to taking lessons in various things. It started when I was pretty young. A next door neighbor, who we affectionately called Uncle Ronny, was to teach me how to play the accordion. That was a pretty lofty goal… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Birthdays and Un-Birthdays

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up, birthdays were a big deal in our house. Everybody had to be nice to you and you got to choose dinner and what kind of cake you wanted. I always wanted either Hungarian nut torte (a family favorite) or white cake with seven-minute frosting. The lamb on the torte in this picture was… Read more

Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunities

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 6, 2014 in Events, Juliana's Corner

With so much relating to genealogy on the Internet, and most of our correspondence being done via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it is easy to forget how much fun it is to actually go out and meet our fellow family historians face-to-face.  Genealogical conferences offer this unique opportunity, as well as the chance to learn… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Games We Played

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 31, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up we played a lot of games. Some were your typical kids’ games, some were completely made up. I remember a girlfriend and I had a marathon game of Monopoly one summer. We would play every morning until we got tired and then leave it for the next day, when we’d pick up where… Read more