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

Six Things to Look for in City Directories

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research

City directories are incredible sources. In many cities, they were published annually, which can give us a lot of detail about our ancestors. Here are six things to look for in city directories. 1. Your Ancestor and Other Family Members Sure, you’re going to look for your ancestor, but look for other family members, too.… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Regional Expressions and Names

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 24, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

One of the wondrous thing about traveling to visit family in various parts of the country was hearing the different expressions used by our family. It went beyond the whole soda vs. pop vs. coke debate (although we did have that discussion on a regular basis and for the record, the correct term is “pop”).… Read more

Connecting with Cousins

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 23, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

For years, I battled with the decision over whether to make my tree public or private. What if there was something wrong in it? I do a lot of my research offline and a lot of my pre-computer research resides in binders. I’ve used that and more recent research over the years to construct timelines… Read more

Dillinger’s Jailor, Sheriff Lillian Holley

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 22, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Eighty years ago today, John Dillinger was gunned down after seeing a show at Chicago’s Biograph Theater, betrayed by the “woman in red” who tipped off the FBI. Dillinger was big news and newspapers across the country carried stories of his death and illustrious criminal career. In the midst of the Depression, some viewed him… Read more