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Kith and Kin Pro 3

Monday, 18th May, 2009

SpanSoft are delighted to announce the release of “Kith and Kin Pro 3”, the original Windows genealogy software.

We have improved the program’s unique best-selling user interface as well as adding a host of new features.

Kith and Kin Pro 3 is a genealogy software package for storing, querying and documenting family trees. It features an easy to use graphical interface and powerful data management tools which makes it ideal for large or small trees.

The Kith and Kin series is the original Windows genealogy software, started in 1993 under Windows 3.1, and now used by thousands of users in over 50 countries worldwide.

These are just some of the new features:

  • Adobe PDF file export for all reports.- Soundex and Metaphone searches. This allows the user to search for similar sounding surnames.- Soundex and Metaphone code calculator.
  • Families can be arranged into selectable “Layers”. This allows the user to “grey out” all families except the ones he wants to work on.
  • Simplified Search Window. As well as powerful SQL queries, users will be able to carry out much simpler searches.
  • Several different picture records can be linked to the same image file.
  • Pictures can be arranged into an order defined by the user.
  • Pictures can be added to source references and source documents.
  • Drag and drop pictures from Windows Explorer.
  • Web page export uses a CSS stylesheet. This makes the Web pages much easier to customise.- Supplied with several pre-defined stylesheets.

Full details are on the new Kith and Kin Pro 3 Website

Ship’s crew lists added to

Friday, 15th May, 2009 have recently added records for 270,000 British merchant-ship’s crew members for the period 1861-1913. These records are indexes to original crew-list documents, which hold the employment details of these men and women. Altogether they reference around 30,000 lists.

Original crew-list documents are not online, but if you find an ancestor listed, you can order the relevant document from the repositories that store them around the country and in Canada. Full details on how to locate the original crew-list documents are found on the crew lists search page.

About crew lists  

  • A crew list holds the details of every crew member onboard a British merchant ship
  • The records detail the employment of each member of the crew. Individuals would ‘sign on’ when they began their employment, either at the start of the voyage, or when they joined the ship at one of its ports of call. They ‘signed off’ at the end of the voyage or, if they chose not to finish, at a port of call.
  • A ship that sailed in British coastal waters completed a crew list every six months
  • If a vessel sailed outside of British waters then a document called a crew agreement was completed for each voyage instead 
  • Crew members include a wide variety of professions, such as deckhands, engine staff, stewards, nurses and maids.

Please bear in mind that the online indexes represent only a fraction of the records available. Many have not yet been transcribed.

Find your seafaring ancestors on the crew lists now

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