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

Setting options

The following are options which affect the operation of various parts of Kith and Kin Pro.

Sort children and marriages:

Kith and Kin Pro will automatically sort children in a family and marriages of a person by date if this option is set. If a birth date for a child has not been entered, the christening date will be used.

This setting can be overridden temporarily in the person and family data forms.

Marriage produces wife's alias:

When a person is identified as the mother of a family an alias is automatically generated comprising her married surname, her firstnames and the date of the marriage. This alias will not be removed automatically in the event that the mother is removed from the family.

Uppercase surnames:

With this option set, the "Surname" field in a person data form will convert all letters to upper-case. If you want to enter lower-case letters you must turn the option off. Upper-case is normally used for surnames to make it easier to identify the surname in reports.

This setting can be overridden temporarily in the person data form.

Show dates in person description:

Set this option if you want to see the birth (or christening) date of a person whenever his name appears.

Show dates in family description:

Set this option if you want to see the marriage date of a family whenever the family's description appears.

Show birth dates in family description:

Set this option if you want to see the birth (or christening) date of the parents whenever the family's description appears.

Make person deceased on death/burial:

Set this option to make the program automatically set the "Dead" flag to "true" when you enter any death or burial details for a person. The "Dead" flag can be changed manually as well.

Make new people deceased:

Set this option if you want the "Dead" flag set to "true" by default when you create a new person. Otherwise the flag will be set to "false".

Display full names in family rectangles:

Set this option if you want the family rectangles in the Tree Area to show the parents' full names. If this option is switched off only the parents' surnames will appear.

Display marriage year in family rectangles:

Set this option if you want the family rectangles in the Tree Area to show the marriage year.

Warn when editing query results:

Set this option if you want a warning message when you start editing the results in the Search Window.

Warn of clearing folder in Web pages:

Set this option if you want a warning message when the destination folder is about to be cleared when creating Web pages.

Warn when opening Notes Editor:

Set this option if you want a warning message when you try to open the Notes Editor but you are already editing the multi-line text field (such as notes in a person or family data form).

Confirm record deletion:

Set this option if you want a warning confirmation each time you try to delete something.

Confirm picture file deletion:

Several picture records in Kith and Kin Pro can reference the same full-sized image file in the \Pictures folder. Deleting one picture record along with the image file would make it impossible for the other picture records to open the same image file. Set this option if you want a warning confirmation each time you try to delete a picture record and image file.

Show hints:

Small, yellow text windows indicate the function of many of the controls (buttons, edit boxes, etc) used in Kith and Kin Pro when you place the mouse cursor over them. When you are familiar with the functions of these controls you may wish to turn this option off.

Reuse P/F codes automatically:

When you create a new person or family in Kith and Kin Pro, it is assigned the next available P or F code. When you delete people or families the unused P or F code again becomes available but will not be used unless you set this option. You can also select which P or F code to use for a new person or family by using "Edit | Re-use P/F code".

Check for updates automatically:

Kith and Kin Pro will check online for updates to the program every 15 days. Clear this option if you do not want the program to do that. You can also check for updates in the Help menu.

Scroll to selected layer:

Set this option to automatically scroll the Tree Area to a random family on the newly selected layer when you choose a different layer.

Snap to grid spacing:

Enter the spacing you require between the invisible horizontal grid lines in pixels. If the snap to grid option is in use, Kith and Kin Pro will align family rectangles in the Tree Area so that they are level horizontally.

Backup folder:

By default, database backups are stored in the "My documents\KKPro" folder. Click on the Browse button to select a different folder to store database backups.

Text file delimiter:

When exporting delimited text files, Kith and Kin Pro needs to know which character to use to separate each data field. Click on "Use tab" to use the tab character as the delimiter or enter an alternative character in the "Use other char" box (the "Use other char" option is selected automatically). A comma is a commonly used delimiter.

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