Kindo: Family Trees with Style

 I vividly remember creating family trees with my kindergarteners.  It wasn’t so much that it was a tough assignment, but sometimes it was tough for them to visiualize the connections and how to lay things out.  Of course, we never had Kindo!

Kindo is a Web 2.0 app for building out a family tree.  You can include photos, profile information, contact info, birthdays and more.  However, what I really dig about Kindo is NOT how much you can put in there, but it’s how little!  You don’t need to create an account, you can  use this just by typing in an email and rolling with it.  If you want to come back later and edit it, it’ll send you a password to do so.  Whenever you add someone else to your tree, you can put in their email address and choose to invite them to collaborate.  This makes it pretty interactive.  I’m thinking about trying this out with my own family tree and seeing if people will try to help build it out!

I wanted to put in my birthday (so I could get presents) but didn’t want to put in the year (because I lie about my age).  Kindo sez, “No problem.”  Under my profile now, I even have a handy calendar for reminders.   It took me just a couple of minutes to get rolling, but I could easily see this as being a great way to trace my lineage.

If you do any projects on ancestry or family trees, may be worth a look!

Hmm… I wonder how i can get my grandmother onto the web to help fill it out… 🙂


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  1. Karen C. Seddon said:

    Wow, what perfect timing for a new grandbaby! Thanks Steve. Her great grandmom is online so I think we’ll really get this going. What a gift. Thank you.

    As always, I am
    Ubiquitously yours,

  2. Christine West said:

    Is this information displayed on the web for all to see, or do you have to supply the password to allow family members to see it? I just attended an internet safety class and posting names and photos was a growing concern.
    Thanks for your help!

  3. admin said:

    It’s private! No worries there. You can’t see it or embed it into another web page or anything. If you’re a member, you can see it. If not, you can’t.

  4. Brett Harvey said:

    We’ve also been using Genoom for a while. It’s got more features, but also the simplicity of adding to the tree. You can link family locations to a map and share family photo albums – something it looks like kindo is also planning to add.

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