Kith and Kin Pro manual

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Kith and Kin Pro

Getting started

Introducing Kith and Kin Pro

Converting from older versions of Kith and Kin

Using Kith and KinPro with TreeDraw


Tutorial - Using the Tree Area

Tutorial - Working with person and family data forms

Tutorial - Simple searching

Tutorial - Searching using queries

Tutorial - Printing

Tutorial - Adding extra fields to people and families

Tutorial - Starting your own family tree

Tutorial - Importing a GEDCOM file


Database maintenance

Starting a new database

Creating a clean database

Opening an existing database

Saving a database

Merging two databases

Copying a database

Copying part of a database

Changing the name of a database

Packing a database

Repairing a database

Clearing a database

Deleting a database

Adding and maintaining user-defined fields

Backing-up your data

Restoring data from a backup

Data maintenance

Adding a new family

Adding a new person

Editing an existing family

Editing an existing person

Marking probable links

Adding and maintaining aliases

Editing notes

Organising notes

Entering dates

Working with pictures

Working with objects

Adding and maintaining sources

Deleting a family

Deleting a person

Adding and maintaining source documents

Adding and maintaining source document repositories

Updating descriptions

Re-using an old person or family code

Updating death flags

Removing duplicate records

Editing data in bulk

Searching / querying

Searching for people

Seaching for families

Searching for sources

Using a query to find data

Calculating ages

Calculating phonetic codes

Displaying statistics

Displaying a relationship between two people

Searching for date errors / inconsistencies

Searching for events on a particular day

Searching for people who are not on the Tree Area

Displaying modified records


Moving around the Tree Area

Zooming in and out

Moving to a specific family

Selecting families using the mouse

Selecting families by relationship

Selecting all families

Moving families

Displaying a family summary

Arranging the open forms

Closing all open forms at once

Aligning families vertically

Using the Timeline Window

Choosing layers

Choosing the selection's layer

Choosing all layers

Moving families to a layer

Removing families from a layer

Creating a new layer from selection

Managing layers

Choosing fonts and colours

Turning the Tree Area on and off

Turning the Button Bar on and off

Turning the Status Bar on and off

Turning the Tree Area Control on and off


Using the report control form

Printing the tree layout

Printing family details

Printing person details

Printing indices

Printing a descendant tree

Printing an ancestral tree

Printing an indented descendant tree

Printing a missing data report

Printing a timeline

Printing a census report

Printing source document details

Printing document repository details

Setting printer options

Setting page options

Previewing a report on the screen

Printing from a preview

Printing to text files

Copying printed pages to the clipboard

Importing / exporting

Importing a GEDCOM file

Exporting a GEDCOM file

Exporting Web pages

Customising Web pages

Exporting data to a delimited text file

Importing a text file into notes

Exporting a text file from notes

Exporting a report to a PDF file


Setting preferences

Editing the timeline

Customising the button bar

Setting date options

Converting dates

Setting options

Setting current database options

Choosing a family to move to when the tree is opened

Choosing the current database language

Setting regional / language options

Setting picture options

Exiting from the program

Checking for program updates


File menu

Edit menu

Search menu

View menu

Layers menu

Tools menu

Window menu

Options menu

Using the Tree Area Control

Selecting / defining a database name

Selecting a family

Selecting a person

Database fields

Additional LDS information

SQL syntax

Supported GEDCOM syntax

Timeline text file format

System requirements

Frequently asked questions

Version information

Terms of use






OLE embedding

OLE linking

OLE object


Tree Area

How to get support

How to contact us

Ordering / registration

Editing the timeline

This option is only available if Kith and Kin Pro has been registered

The Timeline Window shows chronologically sorted dates from the currently selected families and from a database of historical events. You can add/edit/delete events in the selected timeline as well as adding additional timelines. This allows you to customise the timeline to suit the geographical area(s) that your ancestors lived in.

Editing timeline events

First, select the timeline you want to edit in the "Current timeline" list (see below).

When you make any changes to the timeline data, the panel around the event list will become highlighted using the "Dialog editing indicator" colour. This indicates that the data is currently being edited and has not yet been saved to the database. Click on the Update button to save the new data to the database, or the Undo button to cancel any changes made.

Jumping to a date in the events list:
You can quickly scroll the events list to a particular date by entering a date (it can be a partial date such as "1900") in the "Jump to date" box. Click on the "Jump" button to the right of the box to scroll the events list to the first available date on or after the requested date.

Editing an existing event:
Click on the event in the events list and it will appear in the "Edit date" and "Edit event" boxes below the list. Change the data in these boxes and click on the "Update" button to save the changes to the database.

Deleting an existing event:
Click on the event in the events list. Click on the "Delete event" button to delete the event from the database.

Adding a new event:
Click on the "Add Event" button. A new, blank event will be added to the database. Add the new event data in the "Edit date" and "Edit event" boxes below the events list and click on the "Update" button to save the changes to the database.

Importing events from an external file:
First, select or create the timeline you wish to import the events into. Then right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Import. Select the file and file type you wish to import and click on "Open". You can import two different types of file, an old-style Kith and Kin (.TML) file or a specially formatted text (.TXT) file.

Clearing all events from the current timeline:
Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Clear. This will remove every event from the current timeline.

Editing timelines

You can add extra timelines to Kith and Kin Pro and historical events added to these are kept separate from each other.

Adding a new timeline:
Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose New. You will be asked to give the new timeline a name. The name must be unique. The new timeline will be selected automatically and you can then add events to it (see above).

Renaming a timeline:
Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Rename. You will be asked for a new name for the current timeline. The name must be unique.

Copying a timeline:
You can make a copy of the current timeline, with all its events, creating a new timeline. Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Copy. You will be asked for a new name to give to the new timeline. The name must be unique.

Deleting a timeline:
Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Delete. This will delete the current timeline and all its historical events. You cannot delete the Default UK timeline.

Exporting a timeline:
Right-click on the "Current timeline" panel at the top of the dialog and choose Export. This will create a timeline text file with all of the historical events in the current timeline. Timeline text files can be imported back into Kith and Kin Pro (see above).

Selecting the print/export timeline

You can select which timeline should be used for printing reports and exporting Web pages. Select the timeline to use from the "Current timeline" list and click on "Set as default". You can also select whether to include the historical events in the printed/exported timelines.

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