Software & Fonts


SILKin helps field workers analyze and document the kinship system in a new language.

SILKin lets you collect data by drawing Family Tree Charts with genealogical data (name, birth/death dates) and the kin terms used to refer to and/or address the current Ego. It helps you analyze your data by displaying the patterns of kin terms on a chart, noting possible erroneous data, and suggesting when some kin terms might be synonyms or umbrella terms. It can format a standard report about your context.


There is an extensive set of Help/Tutorial pages (under the Help menu) that should enable you to use the software without any formal training. Some sample files are provided to illustrate SILKin's use.


Version 2.1.1 has all of the features requested by SIL field workers to date. It has been used and tested extensively. However, if you encounter any difficulties, please report bugs or problems via our new Support page.

SILKin for Linux is currently under development. Please contact us if you would like to help.