Hazel Thornton

Why my next book would make a terrible gift

By Hazel Thornton | November 7, 2022 |

    My next book probably won’t be ready by Thanksgiving after all, which has been my goal all year long. However, one of my motivations for choosing that deadline was so it would be available for holiday gift-giving. And it finally occurred to me: This book would make a terrible gift! (Unless, of course,…

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The Burial Plot Thickens: A Find a Grave Mystery

By Hazel Thornton | October 31, 2022 |

From time to time I accept requests through Find a Grave from people who do not live locally and who would like a volunteer to go take a photo of their relative‘s resting place for them. A few years ago I got a request for Pietro Domenici at Mount Calvary Cemetery here in Albuquerque. I…

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Six steps to getting unstuck on a project

By Hazel Thornton | October 10, 2022 |

I’ve been feeling stuck. For weeks and weeks. And not sure why. Have you ever felt that way? Are you having trouble getting unstuck too?

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About the Photomyne scanning app

By Hazel Thornton | September 12, 2022 |

Let’s start with the fact that I am an emeritus (retired) member of The Photo Managers who never specialized in photo scanning. But the more popular it becomes, the more confused I see people getting. So, I’m hoping to clear things up a bit. Instead of becoming a crackerjack photo manager like some of my…

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Back to School for Adults 2022

By Hazel Thornton | September 5, 2022 |

Who else loved going back to school as a kid? New school supplies! New clothes! Reuniting with old schoolmates! Mixed emotions about a new teacher (maybe a whole new school, even) and meeting new classmates. I’ve been preoccupied with working on a new book and finishing up a couple of genealogy projects for clients. Plus,…

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How and when to find a common ancestor

By Hazel Thornton | August 28, 2022 |

  I finally did it! Did what? I figured out my relationship to Henry Clay, the 19th century American statesman. How? By finding our common ancestor.

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scheduling questions

Do you schedule questions?

By Hazel Thornton | June 26, 2022 |

I was just scheduling a couple of questions on my calendar when I wondered: Do other people do this?

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The Tale of Two Junk Drawers

By Hazel Thornton | June 20, 2022 |

Do you have a junk drawer? Doesn’t everyone? Most professional organizers will advise you not to have a junk drawer, or to at least organize the one you have. But I’m here to propose that we all need TWO junk drawers! Allow me to explain….

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DNA tests: The gift that keeps on giving

By Hazel Thornton | May 23, 2022 |

Have you had your DNA tested? How often do you revisit your results? (This post is for people who have tested, or who want to test, their DNA for genealogy purposes. It’s not for those who don’t want to, or who are more interested in DNA for health purposes or traits.)

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How to Declutter Your Digital Photos

By Hazel Thornton | May 16, 2022 |

Decluttering is a prominent theme in my book, What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy. Decluttering, downsizing, and telling the stories of your favorite photos and prized possessions, will allow you to leave a legacy, not a burden, when you die. But what about right now? Can you easily find…

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