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Family History Services by Hazel Thornton

What is a legacy?

A legacy is anything you leave behind when you die. It can be a gift of money or property; a public (or private) record of good (or bad) deeds; or it can simply be the wonderful warm memories that live on in the hearts of friends and family after you’re gone.

A legacy can also be the consequences of neglect, such as a house full of clutter that no one knows how to manage.

Anything you do to prepare for the inevitable will help give you and your family peace of mind.

Do you have a will? How about a virtual will listing all your online accounts and how to access them?

Is it time to downsize and declutter now, so your family doesn’t have to do it when you’re gone?

Are your photos and memorabilia organized and shareable?

Are you the keeper of stories and keepsakes that have never been documented?

Are you curious to know more about your family history?

How can I help you?

I’m not an attorney, so I can’t draw up a will for you. But I can draw on my genealogy research skills and professional organizing experience to help you leave the legacy you desire.

Together we can identify which of your things are treasures, and which are clutter. I can help you learn more about, and preserve, your family history by doing research for you, or by helping you do it yourself. With my support you can tell the stories of your photos, family, and things.

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    • Thanks, Brenda! I didn’t even know people could comment on this page. Lets meet for coffee sometime when you’re in town.

  1. Dear Hazel,

    Thank you for writing about the 80/20 Paretto Rule. I never could understand that phrase. I used to work retail and I had a

    manager who used to talk about that. But I just never could get it to connect in my brain.

    Your examples especially with the clothes we wear more and switching the hangars was helpful..

    I think you are great. Too bad you don’t make “house calls”.

    Thanks for listening,


    • Thank you, Linda! I’m glad you could relate to my examples. And I did make house calls for 15 years!

  2. Hazel,

    Thanks for the copy of your new book and the acknowledgement in it. I read it already and was impressed with your knowledge of techniques and websites. You have passed me by with your technical knowledge. I still am trying to figure out how to post a photo to familysearch.org. I loved the “bathing beauty” photo of your grandmother on the book cover.


    • I think of you every time someone admits they made a lot of mistakes in the beginning and don’t trust their trees. I have never felt the need to start over, due to the methodical (and painstakingly slow) way we had to work back then. The skills I learned from you make it easy for me to resist grafting whole undocumented branches to my tree with the click of a mouse!

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