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Ambox notice.png The latest version of this mod uses the guidelines for TNG v12+ cust_text.php files. If you are using TNGv12+, and any cust_text.php file in this mod is marked with a Bad Target error, you need to update your cust_text.php files before you can install this mod. [Show instructions]

If you upgraded to TNGv12+, and did not update your cust_text.php files as instructed in the upgrade readme script, then you must use the TNG Mod Manager to update them. To do so:

  1. Go to Mod Manager, and select its "Recommended Updates" tab.
    (If the "Recommended Updates" tab is not visible, then go to the Mod Manager Options tab, select "Display Settings", and turn on the "Recommended Updates" tab.)
  2. Click the "Update" button in the "Recommended Updates" tab.
    Installed mods do not interfere with the update, and if you already have (or think you may have) run this update, it will not hurt for you to run it again.

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TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0

Exclude Secret Notes
Summary Allows Notes marked Secret to be excluded from Export
Validation Admin mod validation not attempted
Mod Updated 17 May 2021
Download link for
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0
TNG 11.0
TNG 10.1.3

TNG 10.0

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Author(s) Ken Roy
Homepage Exclude Secret Notes (This page)
Mod Support TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer
Latest Mod for TNG V13+ for TNG V11+ for TNG v10.1.3 for TNG V10 and above
Min TNG V 10.0.0
Max TNG V 13+
Files modified
cust_text.php files
Related Mods
Private Note Mod for restricting Notes in browsenotes.php to Admin users
Secret Notes for Admin

Purpose of the Mod

TNG V10 added the capability to Exclude Living and Exclude Private but in both case notes that are marked secret are exported.

The Exclude Secret Notes mod was created to provide the missing option to Exclude Secret Notes that is those that have been marked Private or have the secret flag in the table.

If you are creating a GEDCOM Export to send to someone where you are excluding Living and Private, it stands to reason that you may not want to share notes that are marked secret. By having an option, you can leave the secret notes in when you are exporting as a backup for your site or to create a new database for testing.


Mod Developer is Ken Roy.

Revision History

Version Date Contents
v13.0.0.2 17 May 2021 Updated for TNG V13 to use new TNG v12 custom text anchor.
v13.0.0.1 20 August 2020 Updated for TNG V13
v11.0.0.0 8 March 2016 Updated for TNG V11
v10.1.3.2 25 October 2015 Updated for TNG V10.1.3
v10.0.0.1 12 January 2015 No code changes. Updated to add Wiki icon and link in Mod List for TNG V10.1
v10.0.0.0 19 February 2014 Original version of the mod


  • a working TNG installation.
  • a backup of your TNG admin_export.php and admin_gedcom2.php files or access to your original TNG installation package.

Automated Installation Requirements

  1. Download the appropriate mod configuration file as shown in the summary in the upper right corner of the page
  2. Unzip the private_notes_for_admins zip file to your mods folder
  3. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the private_notes_for_admins.cfg.

In the event of a problem

  • Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability
  • copy your backup admin_export.php and admin_gedcom2.php files to your base TNG directory

Visualization of this mod

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Related Links

The following mods are also related to the Exclude Secret Notes

Sites using this mod

If you download this mod, please add your TNG site to the table below:

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Our Roy and Boucher Family Ken Roy Developed the mod, so I could Exclude Secret Notes in GEDCOMs that I create to send to Family Reunion committees V13.0.0.2 13.0.3 EN, FR
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site see here see here EN, DE, RU
Familienforschung Riehl & Kröber Otto Riehl (no public site) 11.1.2 DE, EN, ES, FR, PT
OurLife Family History - McMullen Clan Sean Thompson Not a public site. 11.1.0 English
Martius family Hendrik Martius Half public 12.0.1 DE, EN, FR, NL
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
The Zausmer Forest Joyaa Antares (No public site). Essential when uploading the gedcom to other databases 13.0.3 EN, FR