Donie Nelson has been researching her Swedish/English/Scots-Irish/ Spanish heritage since 1979. For over 30 years Donie worked in the entertainment industry developing motion pictures and television projects and she brings this knowledge of storytelling to her work as a consultant who assists researchers with editing, writing and publishing their family histories.
She is a past president of the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society and coordinated the publication of their book: Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America. In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and the Southern California Genealogical Society,
Donie created a monthly genealogical workshop program entitled Genealogy Garage which is held monthly in the History & Genealogy Dept. of the LAPL. More than 350 researchers attend this workshop annually.
She is currently the editor of a national quarterly journal for Hispanic researchers and specializes in establishing outreach programs for genealogical societies—to date she has established four monthly research programs in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
She has served on the board of the California State Genealogical Alliance and the Southern California Genealogical Society. Donie is a founding member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California Chapter, where she served six terms as President and served seven years on the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America national board of directors.