Am­a­teur his­to­rian leaves legacy of in­for­ma­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead East

Elane Wilson, of Stanstead East, passed away on De­cem­ber 26th. Elane worked tire­lessly, as a vol­un­teer be­hind the scenes, col­lect­ing and in­dex­ing in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal births, mar­riages and deaths un­til very re­cently when her health was fail­ing. In an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal sev­eral years ago, Elane was asked what got her in­ter­ested in lo­cal his­tory. “I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in his­tory but not in dates – and there was so much his­tory here. I helped a lot of peo­ple with their ge­neal- ogy and that re­in­forced my in­ter­est be­cause some of the fam­i­lies go way, way back. And I’m nosy!” said Elane with her usual good humour.

For around the last twenty years, Elane and her friend and fel­low am­a­teur his­to­rian, Caro­line Par­ent, spent much of their sum­mers walk­ing around ceme­ter­ies gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion from head­stones. They also spent a whole win­ter freez­ing at the Registry Of­fice go­ing through wills and mar­riage con­tracts. The in­for­ma­tion col­lected was used, with help from an­other lo­cal his­to­rian, Jackie Tilton, to cre­ate im­por­tant data bases for the area.

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Elane Wilson, seen here din­ing at the East Side, will be missed by all.

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