Kindo is an online family tree application. Researching your family’s past can be a difficult task. In order to go as far back as possible, you’ll need to communicate with many family members, and getting the intricacies of a family tree can be difficult, with lines and boxes going in every which direction. Kindo solves this problem by taking the humble family tree to the digital realm. Adding newly born relations or long lost cousins to the family tree is easy, you just add the relevant connection to the tree and Kindo automatically makes space in the family tree. The correct connection lines are drawn and the tree expands automatically to make space. As well as this, you can view the direct tree for any single member of the tree. This allows you to integrate the family tree of your in-laws seamlessly into your own tree, if you so wish.
London-based Kindo was founded in 2007. Kindo was acquired by MyHeritage.com in September 2008. New family trees cannot be created on Kindo.
Kindo, while elegantly implemented, is pretty basic. It doesn’t seem to be possible to add the birth or wedding dates of family members, which is a pretty important feature for any family tree. That said, Kindo does what it does well, and many people may be reluctant about publishing the birthdates of family members on the internet anyway. The site’s main selling point is in its simplicity and ease of use. In terms of performance, it can be a bit sluggish responding sometimes, especially when compared to the websites of major internet companies.
Kindo makes full use of Flash, meaning that scrolling around your family tree and adding new family members is easy. The tree is fully scalable and you can zoom in and out in real time. The pastel color scheme is easy on the eye and advertising is kept to a minimum.
The registration process is simple, requiring you only to furnish an e-mail, name and password. You will not be asked for your date of birth, address or any other personal, private information. With more and more websites asking for a multitude of information, this is refreshing to see.
Kindo is free service funded by advertising. There is also a “gifts” section where you can send gifts to family members; Kindo obviously aims to earn commission through this feature. It’s not in your face though, and you can ignore it if you so desire.
Kindo is a useful tool for creating your family tree, and is definitely more powerful than paper. You can also invite other family members, meaning that they can help in the process of researching your ancestors and family tree.