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What is TNG?

TNG is short for The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding,  a fantastic program produced by Darrin Lythgoe in the United States and provided to family historians at almost nil cost (20$).  You will see me use TNG whenever I talk about our family tree and I mean this program and what it does.

In addition to being an excellent program it has a community of hundreds of users who add their own bits and solve problems. I am really positive that it will make our own family history site grow and prosper. 

Good points:

  • The program covers everything I can think off including details of individuals, photos, documents, sources and other media. It even allows for addition of DNA analyses which we will need to consider in the near future to help join our few disconnected branches.
  • It shows information in a number of standard formats including tables, charts and reports without you having to know how it does this.
  • It allows branches which lets individuals who are interested develop their own branches of the main family tree. This means that family members who obviously have their own branches (e.g. I have inherited the FIELD history shared only with my children via my wife Sarah FIELD). I can happily add to this, others might want to help develop BOYLE, DOCHERTY, EHEMANN etc). The Kilkie part stays as the joining surname but each branch becomes semi-autononomous.
  • Management, backup, security etc is all built in. I can keep outsiders out and ensure that if everything goes wrong I can restart in less than an hour.
  • The support from over two hundred other individuals in other groups means that I get help within minutes when I want to do something new.


  • None really except TNG is so useful that there are a lot of menus.
  • You need to get used to the way it does things
  • I need to make sure I let you do things but protect you from making accidental changes to the whole tree.
  • I need some other volunteers a) to help with maintenance and b) to ensure the family project continues, particularly to the next generation.

Over the near future we need to use the features in TNG to check all of the work we have done is collected and also that we add all the mishmash of photos and other bits we have lying in cupboards. The biggest problem with any family history is that people don't realise that today's photos and events for us are our decendents's family history.


Field Origins

The derivation of the name Field is from "feld", translating as pasture or open country, almost the opposite of the 20th century meaning.

The earliest recordings are to be found in England and Germany. These include Hugo de la Felde, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Bedfordshire, England, in the year 1188, and Petrus im dem Velde, of Mengen, Germany, in 1216. Other recordings include Franz van de Velde, the bishop of Herzogbusch, Germany, in 1576, and Margarett Feilde, who married at the church of St. Martin Orgar, London, in 1586. Amongst the very first settlers to the new colony of Virgina, America, was James Feild. He arrived in the ship "Swan of London", in 1624.

The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Robert de Felde, which was dated 1185, in the list of Knights Templars, in the registers of the county of Gloucestershire, England. This was during the reign of King Henry 11nd, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.


McKenzie Origins


Mackenzie, MacKenzie and McKenzie are Scottish surnames. Originally pronounced [məˈkɛŋj] in Scots, the z representing the old Middle Scots letter, yogh. The names are anglicised forms of the Scottish Gaelic MacCoinnich, which is a patronymic form of the personal name Coinneach, anglicised as Kenneth. The personal name means "comely".

Recorded as MacKenzie, McKenzie, Kenzie and Kensit, this is a famous Scottish surname. In the Gaelic it is recorded as Maccoinnich or Macchoinnich, translating as 'the son of Coinneach'. The derivation is from 'Mac' meaning 'son', and 'cainnechus', fair skinned, suggesting that the original nameholders may have been of Norse-Viking nationality. The English pronunciation of the name is interesting as it preserves the medieval Gaelic pronunciation which in most anglicised names, is diffused.

The name also appears in early Irish recordings as 'Mac Cainnigh', although strictly speaking the translation is then different as 'the son of the well dressed one'! This seems an unlikely explanation given the propensity of members of the clan to indulge in bloody deeds. Their feud with the MacDonalds occupied most of the period between the 13th and 16th centuries, leaving them little time to indulge in sartorial elegance.

This aside, early recordings include those of M'Kenzocht of Kintail in 1491, and Alan McConze of Culcowe, Armanoch, in 1504. Gilchrist Makkingze was arrested for felony in Wigtown in 1513, whilst rather more lawfully Johannes McKenzie held the charter of Kildrin in 1606. Amongst the many interesting namebearers was Sir George Mackenzie K. C., (1636 - 1691), known as 'Bloody George', for his treatment of covenanters, whilst Donald MacKenzie (1783 - 1851), was originally a fur-trader but later Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada. Murdoch McKenzie, the Elder (1721-1797) and Murdoch McKenzie the younger, his nephew, (1743-1829) were both admiralty surveyors who published reports on marine surveying. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Makbeth Makkyneth. This was dated 1264, in the court of Pleas, held at Dull in Angus, during the reign of King Alexander 111 of Scotland, 1249 -1286.



Family Welcome

You are now logged into the private side of the site as a registered user. You will notice that there are two extra menus showing above that now give you access to private functions only available to members of the family. Each of these menus is there for your enjoyment, so please let me know if things aren't quite what you want (or need). Here is what the three menus do:

Family Area

This is a social media or facebook-lite - Not quite as many features BUT NO ADVERTS. Importantly only other family members can see what you put up here. Set up your own groups, share events and help keep the family together. One idea is that good stories and photos will be harvested and put on the family story section.

The submenu items let you see family stories and family recipes (submitted by family members over the past years). We are alway looking for new stories, remember this is a private area and you can embarass your relatives as much as you want.  On the old site there was another item - family photos. This has been split into current photos which should be posted on your wall and photos to keep - in the family tree now.


Before you can see the family history you need to register for that - CLICK HERE!

This menu gives you access to our family tree, a growing resource of 2,933 connected individuals including 899 living relatives. We only include information that is proven from reliable resources and as far as possible the source of the evidence is also recorded. We have a growing number of historical family photos and other memorabilia online here too. Do contribute - if you want to add your own "branch" let me know and I will help you get started.  NOTE that you need to register again on this menu and login each time  with that user name and password to use the family tree - this is a bit of a phaff and I am working on a way of joining the two databases together.


This menu provides lots of help about the site, including how to add articles, how to use the family tree and a list of update articles about changes to the site. Over time we plan to add a series of videos and documents to help new users add their own trees to the site. The Frequently Asked Questions file will get larger as people ask questions and we get answers.

Remember to keep an eye on updates for news and changes!

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