Hello, my name is Donna Wakenight, and I would like to tell you a little about myself and my website.

I was born in the ’60s to an English mother and American father. There are eight children in all, and we lived in the rural, farming area of western Illinois. In 1999, after the death of my father, my mother wanted to move to a warmer climate. We had taken a vacation to Las Vegas a few years prior, and she loved the weather. We found a small town in southern Nevada and have lived here ever since.

I have been in the financial and retail industries for 35 years. I am, like most people, a blue color worker, and being on this side of 50, found my passion for genealogy in 2008.

I started my first family tree on the website, Ancestry.com. Enlisting the help of my mother, I built my tree from the information we had on my father. Currently, I have 1,011 ancestors tied to this tree, with 111 photos and 2,595 records.

As I built my tree, I felt like I was solving a puzzle or a mystery. I needed more information about my ancestors. I wanted to be able to visualize how they lived, worked and played!

I found a website created by Sharon Strow, “The Descendants of Daniel Wakenight.” It was incredible at how much data she had collected on this particular side of the Wakenight family. She had records and documents, of course. But she had also talked to and corresponded with close and distant relatives.

From this website, I was able to add and correct information on my Ancestry.com family tree. Sharon’s tireless pursuit of knowledge of my family helped me to grow my family history.

My website, The Genealogy Insider, will help you find your way through the maze to the finish line! I want my site to be fun and exciting. It will include all the “usual suspects.” But, I would also like to bring your imagination into creating your own, unique, family tree. Making you as excited as I am about genealogy!

Thank you for reading the first blog on my site. If you have any suggestions on how I can complete this goal, please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I would love to hear from you!