Hazel Thornton

Gifts I Got from Mom

By Hazel Thornton | May 7, 2022 |

I grew up in a family of six, with my parents, three younger brothers, and few relatives. Certainly none who lived nearby. My parents did not share family stories or photos. Not really. We enjoyed slide shows of our own family vacations, but nothing historical. I guess they were too busy working and raising us…

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Managing Life Transitions

By Hazel Thornton | May 2, 2022 |

I have a milestone birthday coming up. (Hint: I spent 90 minutes the other day consulting with a Medicare specialist and thought my head was going to explode with all the options. It was not the first time I’d heard them, either!)

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Genealogy Volunteering Opportunities

By Hazel Thornton | March 28, 2022 |

  Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? This is very convenient for the genealogy community since the 1950 U.S. census is being released on April 1, 2022. (That’s when the mandatory 72-year privacy waiting period ends.) Here is a list of genealogy volunteer opportunities, and some of the benefits of participating.

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RootsTech

RootsTech is (still) for Everyone!

By Hazel Thornton | March 7, 2022 |

Do you regret missing RootsTech 2022? It’s not too late! Yes, a few features are no longer available, but many of them — including 1500+ recorded sessions, on 185 topics, in 30+ languages —will be available all year long!

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What the heck is a second cousin once removed?

By Hazel Thornton | February 27, 2022 |

This question — How are we related? — might arise when you gather with relatives during holidays. Or anytime. Most people just laugh and change the subject. But, next time, YOU can be the one who knows the answer! (PRO TIP: Keep this post handy for reference!)

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10 FREE Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors

By Hazel Thornton | February 7, 2022 |

I know a lot of authors! And I know even more readers! Naturally we’d all like you to buy our books. But even if you can’t — and we’re so grateful if you have! — there are lots of no-cost ways to support your favorite authors. (And, author friends, there are a few tips in…

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The Best Laid Plans

By Hazel Thornton | February 2, 2022 |

I called 911 for myself the other night. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. An introvert’s worst nightmare! Am I really having a heart attack? In which case it would be stupid to not call. Or is it “just” heartburn — which can sometimes feel like a heart attack…

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Odds Are We’re Gonna Be Alright

By Hazel Thornton | January 9, 2022 |

I heard this song recently. Yes, it’s old, but it was new to me. And it gave me hope. The song is “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies.

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Introverts

Celebrating Introverts (and organizing them)

By Hazel Thornton | January 2, 2022 |

In honor of World Introvert Day (Jan 2), and January being NAPO’s Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month, I’m organizing all my introverted blog posts here in one place for you. Why are we celebrating introverts? Here’s an easy-to-read, not-very-long Psychology Today article I like about that: 12 Reasons to Celebrate Introverts. Take a…

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Luminarias at the Cemetery

By Hazel Thornton | December 20, 2021 |

(This story originally appeared in a Facebook Note on December 24, 2012.) Luminarias are a New Mexican Christmas Eve tradition with religious origins. (Scroll down to learn more.) They are also one of my favorite family holiday traditions. But… in the cemetery? Let me explain.        

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