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Catching Up With The Past

In the eight years since she moved to Sebastian, Ellen Stanley has become one of our county’s most prolific historians.

Fourth-generation genealogist Ellen Stanley indulges her passion for local history by volunteering at the Sebastian Area Historical Museum, where she has been instrumental in the organization and preservation of documents and artifacts. Here she displays relics of the Ais Indians.

Fourth-generation genealogist Ellen Stanley indulges her passion for local history by volunteering at the Sebastian Area Historical Museum, where she has been instrumental in the organization and preservation of documents and artifacts. Here she displays relics of the Ais Indians.

“I grew up on my aunt’s stories,” says Ellen Elizabeth Stanley, referring to her Aunt Jeanne Mary Morrell. At that point, young Ellen was already a fourth-generation genealogist in the making.

Ellen first developed a passion for her family heritage, which is an interesting one. She then applied her genealogical expertise to local history, researching and helping to preserve the annals of Vero Beach, Wabasso and Sebastian by lending her talents to the Sebastian Area Historical Society and its museum, as well as the Indian River County Library’s Archive Center & Genealogy Department, where she worked with director Pam Cooper for six years.

Read the entire article in the September/October 2013 issue