Kith & Kin

I love this program!  It gives a graphical representation of the links between different families.  You can see who is where and how they are connected.

Here is a screen shot of the Barker Tree from Kith & Kin.   All the blocks represent families.   Here, the inter relationships of some dozen families are displayed.  The actual version is much larger, covering over 700 families, you can scroll off to the left and right, also up and down.   Each horizontal level represents one generation.  Go up a level, you go back a generation.  The blue and pink characters at the bottom of each block represent children.  I'll leave it to you to work out the significance of the blue and pink.  (Ohhhh, we have Americans reading this.  Blue for a boy, pink for a girl!)  When these boys (or girls) grow up and get married they are connected to their new family block by a blue (or pink) line.   If there is no pink or blue line running from a person, then there is no marriage recorded.


So, you can see how everyone is related to everyone else.  Now, when you want more detailed information, you just click on one of the family blocks.  I clicked on BARKER=HICK in the middle.  The first click highlights it, as in the screenshot, the second click opens it.  Each level represents one generation.  Go up a level, you go back a generation.

Most family Tree programs will show the selected person, then both parents, then grandparents, or something very similar, in a graphical representation.  But K&K shows everyone!  The above screen continues away to the right, and to the left, not to mention up and down.
So, double clicking on BARKER=HICK will get you this which is the similar sort of information screen provided by most tree programs.


You can add to, or change, or just simply check, any of this information.  Double clicking any name will take you to a screen where you can change or read the information for that person.  Again, I believe most programs work in more or less the same way. On the screen above I clicked on John Barker, Double clicking opens the screen below.

 On the screen above I highlighted the marriage. Double clicking takes you to the screen below, sowing marriage and family information.  You can go on and on, changing or adding information.

However, the family arrangement , as in the big screen shot above, is not automatic.  You have to do it manually.  Left click on a family, as in the big screen shot, hold the button down, and you can drag it where you like.  All the pink and blue lines follow.  On the screen shots below I am moving the family block Barker=Medd


You can make the arrangement as neat as you wish.  

No problem when you are adding a single, or a few, families.  You can shuffle them around, fit them in.  Easy.

But if you add a lot of families all in one go, such as with a big gedcom,  it can take a LOT of sorting out.  (This is a rather extreme example!!)

This makes it difficult  to import a large Gedcom with say 500 or more families from another tree program.  All the data is there, no problem, just as it would be in any other family tree program, but the graphical representation is not there, because no other program does it.  It is however very easy to copy the data files from one Kith&Kin program to another, and retain the arrangement, using a special gedcom. If you'd like to do that drop me a line, it is very simple to produce the Gedcom, and it's not a big file so I can easily email it.

So if you think you might like to use Kith&Kin it's best to start with it.  If you decide you don't like it, and want to use another program, it is easy to transfer the files out of Kith&Kin and into your new program.

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