Some of our vendors and exhibitors will be giving mini presentations on their products or societies to show you how they can support and enhance your genealogy


The Guild of One-Name Studies is an international organisation, based in England, that grew out of the Federation of Family History Societies to specialise in one-name or surname studies.  Currently, there are nearly 3,000 members living in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Germany, South Africa, the United States, and more.  The majority of surnames and variants registered are English, Irish and Scottish but surnames of varying origins continue to be registered.  Peggy Chapman, who is the volunteer National Guild Rep (NGR) for Canada, will provide an overview of what is a one-name study and why anyone would undertake what may seem a daunting task.  How to start a study on a small and localised scale and gradually move around the world will be mentioned.  Many people undertake the study in collaboration with others and some members have even founded a Surname Society for their surname of study.  The many benefits of membership in the Guild will be highlighted and ways to join, including onsite at the conference, will be reviewed.


It is a challenge today to talk about any form of genealogical research with mentioning DNA.  The Guild was an early player in the DNA world and has a partnership with Family Tree DNA wherein members can work with a DNA Liaison Officer to set up a surname project at Family Tree DNA.  There is also an opportunity to purchase DNA tests (Y-DNA and autosomal) at a reduced price through the Guild.  Conducting a surname study and a DNA project align perfectly and can confirm or identify family branches, variants of the surname, etc. and thus, contribute to the knowledge of surname studies.

The Guild is providing a giveaway at CanGen Summit that includes a one-year free membership.  A surname study registration is not required to be a member.  Conference attendees can fill out an entry at the Guild table to be considered for the draw.

The Giveaway:

The Guild will be drawing for a giveaway at the CanGen Summit.  This includes a free one-year membership to the Guild (does not include a surname registration).  This is a green membership, that is, it does not include a print version of the Guild Journal but access to electronic versions.  There is also a Guild tote bag; a Guild USB drive for members (includes copies of past journals and other Guild documents); a copy of Debbie Kennet’s book on Surnames.  A great starter kit for a new member or for someone who has an interest in surname studies.  Attendees at CanGen Summit can enter the draw by visiting the Guild table and completing an entry.


Crystal Boates-Freeman was born in Nova Scotia, to a large family.  Her family has held a reunion every three years over the last 25 years, with an average of 200+ family members attend.  These reunions have taught her, the importance of family.

In 2016, Crystal was introduced to Forever as her complete memory keeping solution and creative outlet.  This introduction has taken her down paths she never thought of previously.  At first she felt that Forever would be great for her photo memories, but has since learned that Forever is so much more than just photos.  Using Forever, she can save her important photos, stories, and information for her life time plus 100 years.  A passion in her has been stirred up to record her families’ stories and information so that future generations will know more about their history.


Mrs. Milligan’s Photo Time-lining services combines Jenny’s 20-plus years of study and teaching costume history, with her knowledge of photographic history, material culture, and Victorian social norms to determine dates for old photos.

Get the most possible information from your family photos. Clues can come from:

  • Clothing, hair-styles, & accessories
  • Furniture & background
  • Arrangement of people
  • Age and gender
  • Misleading, conflicting, or confusing features

Even a wide date range can be helpful to researchers who have little idea of who is in a photo.  You can confirm that this picture could be – or definitely isn’t – So & So!

Photo Time-lining helps you in a number of ways:

  • Putting a fairly definitive date on a photo lets you work it into your family’s timeline.
  • Using the date range of the photo, and estimating an age for people lets you estimate their birth year.
  • You can confirm who could be in your photo.  You can eliminate other possibilities.
  • With the date range, and with several photos from different decades, you can gain an image of what your family looked like then, even if you don’t know who they are. Think about how people in yearbooks “all look alike”.
  • Photo Time-lines are $6 each or 4 for $20. You receive the date range, and the worksheet or notes on the evidence which led to the conclusion.
  • Other Old Family Photo services are available outside of the conference. Learn how to get more info from your photos.