Add your family leaves to Cumberland County’s heritage tree

One-year-old Clara Brown adds a leaf in memory of her great-great-great-grandmother, Clara Brown, to the heritage tree at the Cumberland County Genealogy Centre in Amherst, with help from her mother, Kala Gaudet.

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AMHERST, N.S. – The Cumberland County Genealogical Society had the perfect person to place a leaf on its new heritage tree. They had Clara Brown do it, in memory of Clara Brown.

The one-year-old placed the leaf in memory of her great-great-great-grandmother, with her parents looking on, as members of the society spoke about their latest fundraiser in celebration of Canada 150.

“If anything, it is to recognize our ancestors, because Cumberland County has a rich, rich history,” said Marney Gilroy, treasurer of the society. “To come in and see your ancestor on that quilt, especially a namesake like Clara, to see the generations, it’s special.”

The heritage tree is a large quilted wall hanging, the idea of which came from society member Betty Compeer, who provided a nominal donation to get it started. The quilt was made by Glenda’s Quilts of Fredericton, and depicts a tree on which leaves can be added.

Each leaf bears the name of someone’s ancestor, and can be purchased at different price levels, with the funds going to support the genealogical society. Gold leaves are worth $100, silver are worth $50, and green are worth $25.

Indira Sinton of Uxbridge, Ont. purchased the leaf for Clara Brown, which was placed by her niece, Clara Brown, this week.

“Our family has been buying some leaves to support some of the work the genealogical society has been doing, and specifically this centre here,” said Art Brown, Clara’s father, at the society’s Amherst office. “It’s been a great resource for us in getting a lot more information about our own family tree, and also to memorialize our ancestors that are from this county.”

The quilt will be an ongoing project, always with room for expansion as it gets filled with more and more leaves.

“It will stay here on display, and we also plan on taking it with us if we go to other venues around the area,” said board director Barb Reid. “Whether it’s the blueberry festival, the Cumberland County Exhibition, or something in Parrsboro … sometimes we take our meetings on the road in the summer, so it can go to those venues too.”

Those wishing to have their ancestor included on the heritage tree can contact the Cumberland County Genealogical Society at 902-661-7278 or by email at archives@ccgns.

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