Kith and Kin

by SpanSoft (Nick Hunter)
A Windows shareware program popular in the United Kingdom. Also known as “Of that Ilk” in Australia.

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Kith and Kin Review by Rodney Fry,  Feb 15, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have used the both programs, KKPro & TreeDraw, since 1995, through Win 3.1, 95, 98 and now XP. The primary reason was the tree produced by TreeDraw was exactly as I wanted it, that is plain text, no clutter, descendant tree layout (other arrangements can be selected if the user wants them) and best of all every graphical element of the tree can be changed as to how you want it to appear, the fonts, the colours, the lines, and you can even add extra text onto the tree irrespective of the tree itself. For example, all the family surnames in my tree are highlighted by using a red font colour. Iinserted a title text which lists all the surnames in the tree and the primary source parish. If you want to put boxes round families then this is easily done, but it is not my taste.
The KKPro database entry dialogue windows are to me perfectly acceptable and more than cover all the items and tick boxes that I could ever want.
The discussion forum is available and the response has always been very quick.

Biggest Pro: The complete freedom to draw a tree as you wish, the database covers everthing I want
Biggest Con: None that comes to mind for me

Kith and Kin Review by Robert Parker,  Feb 6, 2011

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

I was looking for a family tree program that shows you everything on screen with easy zoom in /zoom out; I find it very rewarding to see everything I’ve recorded. Kith and Kin has an unusal approach in that the diagram shows the families rather than individuals, with diagonal lines joining the families, this seems like a good solution to avoid clutter. I suspect the treedraw program (from same the author, currently there is a special offer when you buy both) will give me the traditional individual boxes printout but I haven’t needed to use treedraw yet because the standard printing option from K&K is straightforward (just select how many pages wide and tall you want the printout)
After importing a gedcom you need to re-arrange the families in the diagram, use the gridlines option here for easy aligning of the generations. Set the option to see the full parent names in the family box.
Right click the family box brings up a list of the parents and children, double click an item in the list to bring up a dialog box for editing the record. In the dialog box, right click in a parent or child field allows you to add new records.
You can have multiple individual and family dialog boxes on screen at once, which I find very useful and not something I saw in any other programs.
The “look” of the program is not as polished as other programs but in the end the easy ability to see everything at once and have multiple dialogs won me over.
I haven’t come across K&K adding non-standard gedcom tags either.

Biggest Pro: Zoom-in/zoom-out on a diagram that shows *all* families
Biggest Con: The look and feel of the program is a bit out of date

Kith and Kin Review by RedKobold,  May 14, 2009

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

A great program in its day and the original Windows genealogy software back in 1993..

Still the only software to have a user-interface which allowed you to see the entire tree on screen as a means of accessing the data.

Has now been replaced by the much more advanced “Kith and Kin Pro 3″ see:

Biggest Pro: User interface
Biggest Con: Windows 3.1