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How do the guides work?

TNG has many different ways to do things but I am going to begin by explaining the most useful methods.

  • All of the guides to TNG will have many options I don't explain, I just show the simple thing that works.
  • Later on you can try the other options.
  • Also my explanations are quite detailed in case you need the detail. if you know what you are doing skip ahead and ignore parts you understand already.

Guides are quite long. This is deliberate but it does mean that it is hard to follow when you are using TNG at the same time. I recommend either using the guide in one window with TNG in another, or even better - print the guide out then follow it.


How to add "media" to the tree

1. GO to TNG and get to the individual you want to add a photo to then:

Make sure you are on the "Individual" tab. Tabs show under the person's name as shown below.

tng individual tabs

If you are on the right tab it shows blue. to move to the "indivdual" tab from another tab just click on "individual".

2. Next click on Add Media (which covers photos, videos etc.) This is on the right hand end of the list under "Individual" tab

This opens a new browser window/tab with quite a long set of options that I will take you through one stage at a time:

Stage 1. Which photo?:

add media part 1

Click on Choose file and find the photo on your computer.  For example here I have found the photo of my mum and my cousin Billy.

find file

Click on the one you are interested in (img229) in this case and then click the Open button. Now ignore all the other buttons and options and move to

Stage 2 - Describe whats on the photo

add media part 2

The more information you fill in here the better. By all means leave things you don't know yet blank. You can add or change things later.  

  • TITLE: Give the photo a title. Dont make it too long but not Just "Billy" something like "Martin Kilkie causes trouble" is better.
  • DESCRIPTION: Next add a DESCRIPTION. This can be longer e.g. "Martin Kilkie and his brother Bernie are causing trouble for their mum by eating all the cake."
  • OWNER/SOURCE: Next if possible  say who has the actual physical photo - you or someone else. E.g. "Ros Docherty's photo".
  • DATE TAKEN/CREATED: Next if you know when the photo was taken add this in the Date Taken/Created box, e.g. "September 1944"
  • Next click the Always viewable tick box. This lets everyone else see the photo.
  • Finally click the save and continue button.

Stage 3 - Link the photo to the correct person/people

Without you doing anything the name of the person you were looking at is added automatically. If this is the only person in the photo then this bit is done. But if there are others you need to add them by clicking on the magnifying glass (FIND Button). 

 add media part 3

This pop up will appear. Type in the name of the other person you want to add to the photo. When you find them click the Add by their name.

find link

If there are others add them to the  list in the same way then click finish.

Stage 4 - Where was the event in the photo?

Last stage is to "geocode" the photo. This is not essential but it is easy and adds a lot to the information. 

add media part 4

Type in the location of the photo in the Place taken/Created box. Then click Show/Hide clickable map. If the address you typed in makes sense to Google it will appear on the map. I find that you usually need to remove any house number or even give a more general address, e.g. in this case Glasgow, Scotland or Penilee Glasgow, Scotland. 

Once it gets an address it recognises it turns it into Latitude and longitude numbers.

Stage 5 - Finish

Phew. Now all you have to do is click the Save button at the bottom of the screen. Finally remember this was a new window/tab so shut this window/tab and you are back where you started. Well done.  PS the photo will not show as added until you exit and re-enter the program.


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.

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