Family Indicators Mod

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Caution If you are using PHP 8 you must use the No Popup version of the mod and the Family Preview Mod. The Family Indicators Mod with popups is NOT PHP 8 compliant.
You need to use the No Popup version of the mod if you want the mod to work on iPad devices.
Note that the + child indicator icon is part of TNG 10.1 and later.

Family Indicators Mod
Summary Adds indicators for parents and spouses with ancestors, and children who are married on the person page.
Validation Latest mod is XHTML compliant.Valid-xhtml10.png
Mod Updated 24 Jan 2015
Download link
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0
TNG 11.0
TNG 10.1.0
Preview options can be set in....
Admin Setup >> Configuration >> General Settings >> Names
Mod version that works on iPad devices
TNG 10.0
TNG 9.0

No Popups
TNG 8.0
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Author(s) Jeff Robison
Homepage Robison and Blythe Genealogy
Mod Support TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer My Mod Support
Latest Mod
Min TNG V 8.0.0
Max TNG V 12
Files modified
css/genstyle.css (for TNG V9)
Related Mods

Purpose of the mod

TNG version: 8.1.3
TNG version: 8.0

This mod adds

  • a ^ (caret) sign for parents and spouses who have ancestors, and
  • the > (greater than) sign for children who are married but have no descendants.

This mod originally conflicted with the Child Descendant Indicator Mod which changes the > (greater than) sign indicator to a + (plus) sign, as a more intuitive indicator that the child has descendants.

The conflicting code was removed from this mod, but you now must install the Child Descendant Indicator Mod in order to get the + (plus sign) for children with descendants.

TNG version: 9.0

For TNG V9 the mod was updated to

Version v9.0.0.7 and beyond have Family Preview Mod popups incorporated into them.


This mod was developed by Jeff Robison.
* View all mods by Jeff Robison
Conflicts with the Child Descendant Indicator Mod and the Age Calculation Mod were resolved by Ken Roy.


  • A working TNG installation.
  • A backup of your getperson.php file and genstyle.css for TNG V9
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.

Automated Installation

  1. All previous versions of family indicators must be uninstalled and deleted!
  2. Download the appropriate zip file from the TNG mod summary in the upper right corder
  3. Upload family_indicators_zipfile to your mods folder and extract file(s).
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the family_indicators.cfg file.
  5. Note - if you're using the tng.php WordPress-TNG Plugin, you might need to "Update the TNG Variables" in the WordPress Admin pane for the TNG Plugin to get this to work correctly.

In the event of a problem

Popup Custom CSS

The class governing the properties of the popup window is #pup.
To change the background and/or text color add the following to your mytngstyle.css or to mygenstyle.css.
Replace the hex color code ' #cdc9c9 ' and/or ' #000000 'with the color of your choice.

#pup {
   background-color: #cdc9c9;
   color: #000000; /* text color #000000 is black*/

To use a seamless background image for the background.
Replace filename with the actual file name.
Note: This example assumes the image is in the /img directory. If not the background color will be #fff (white)

#pup {
  background: #fff url(../img/filename) repeat;

Revision History

Version Date Description
V10.1.0.1c 24 January 2015 Updated for TNG v10.1 Display options can be set in Admin Setup >> Configuration >> General Settings >> Names.
  • Optional ancestor preview.
  • Optional marriage count indicator.
    This is the only version for TNG v10.1.
    For individual previews see Family Preview Mod
  • There are several mods that add icons before or after names. For best appearance I recommend installing Family Indicators first.
V10.0.0.1a 01 September 2014 Minor fix concerning children popups.
Had a stray '1' in the code that would rarely mess up the preview in children previews.
Not sure what was happening.
V10.0.0.1 16 August 2014 Mod Manager 'Edit' parameter added to allow disabling of preview popups.
V10.0.0.0 03 March 2014 Revised mod version V9.0.0.8b (Preview popups) so 'Cremated' is displayed instead of 'Burial' where applicable.
V9.0.0.8b 23 July 2013 This mod and the Custom Event Show/Hide mod do not like each other on a mobile browser so....
Some popular mobile device detection was added. Popups disabled if detected.
Devices: Phone|Mobile|iPhone|iPod|iPad|Android|BlackBerry|IEMobile|Kindle|NetFront|Silk-Accelerated|webOS|hpwOS|Fennec|Minimo|Opera Mobi|Opera Mini|Blazer|Dolfin|Dolphin|Skyfire|Zune.
V9.0.0.8a 19 May 2013 Family labels in event column fixed.
Edit parameter added in Mod Manager. Offers option to show popups on mouseover of descendant and marriage icons.
V9.0.0.8 17 May 2013 Issues with V9.0.0.7 fixed.
  • Citation links and Media will be intact on the person's page.
  • Several other bugs fixed.
V9.0.0.7 15 May 2013 This version adds preview popups on mouseover of names and icons.
V9.0.0.6 02 May 2013 Same as v9.0.0.4 but compatible with Family Preview Mod.
V9.0.0.5a 26 April 2013 The branch rights issue fixed.
V9.0.0.5 23 April 2013 Additional info popups on icon mouseover added. Info depends on the icon.
  • popup.js will be created in the TNG /js folder.
  • Popup attributes (colors, font size etc.) can be changed in css class "#pup" (line 325) in the .cfg file before installation.
V9.0.0.4 03 April 2013 The marriage count indicator added to parents and children.
V9.0.0.3 30 December 2012 The marriage count indicator (arrow right), displayed immediately after a spouse on a person's page, shows the number of marriages for that spouse.
  • Less confusing as V9.0.0.2.
  • As of 28 February 2013 version is XHTML compliant courtesy of Roger Mitchell.
V9.0.0.2 10 November 2012 Update
  • Spouse's marriage count indicator added. Icon links to group sheet.
  • The marriage count indicator, displayed immediately before a spouse on a person's page, shows the number of marriages for that spouse.
V9.0.0.1 20 February 2012 Updated for TNG V9.0.1
V9.0.0.0 2 February 2012 Updated for TNG V9
V8.1.1 6 February 2011 Fix to make mod XHTML compliant
V8.1.0 31 July 2010 Initial version of the mod.

Visualization of this mod

Without the mod

Without the Family Indicators Mod installed, no > (greater than) sign is displayed for children who have spouses but no descendants, nor is any indication presented that shows the parents or spouses have ancestors.

Family indicators not-installed.jpg

With the mod

TNG version: 8.1.3
TNG version: 8.0

With the Family Indicators Mod and Child Descendant Indicator Mod both installed the > (greater than) sign is displayed for children who have spouses and is changed to a + (plus) sign to indicate the child also has descendants and a ^ (caret) is added to indicate that parents and spouses have ancestors as shown in the image on the right.
Family indicators installed.jpg


TNG version: 9.0

The 2 reflects the number of marriages for Henry Gadd Robertson.

TNG V9 visualization


The 2x reflects the number of marriages for Henry Jefferson Robison.
TNG V9 visualization

TNG User sites using this mod

If you download and install this mod, please add your TNG site to the table below.

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-Language
Roger's Genealogy Online Roger Moffat 9.2 EN
Robison and Blythe Genealogy Jeff Robison Mod Developer 13.0.2 EN
Family tree of Marcin & Emilia Senderski Marcin Senderski Only home page is public 13.0.4 EN, PL
Our Roy and Boucher Family Ken Roy Using the Family Indicators No Popups version 12.1.0 EN, FR
MacomberKin Family Tree Rev. Clinton Macomber Thanks so much! 9.0.0 EN
The Zausmer Forest Joyaa Antares (no public site) 13.0.3 EN
Kemp(e) Family History Andrew Kemp see User:Kempons see User:Kempons EN
Mitchell Families Online Roger Mitchell Very useful mod! 9.2.1 EN
Chamberlain and Eidenbenz Genealogy Graham Chamberlain First class mod! 12.0.1 EN,DE,FR,NL,ES
Roni & Jerry's Genealogy and Family History Jerry Liebowitz Excellent useful mod! 9.2.1 EN
Whittlesey-Whittelsey Family History Willis Savage Whittlesey III Another user friendly enhancement to TNG to assist visitors 9.2.0 EN
The Genealogies of the Peat colonies in the North of the Netherlands Henny Savenije Wonderful implemented 9.2.1 EN,NL,FR,DE,ES
Sorenson Robey Family History Darlene Bittaker Wonderful valued added TNG mod 10.0.3 EN
Lake and Reynolds Genealogy Barry Reynolds 9.2.1 EN
Legacy Gazette: My Roots - My Legacy Melissa Watson Padilla Public Site TNG 9.2.1 EN
Total Family History Scott Bennett Private Site (For right now) 10.0.0 TNG 10.0.1 EN
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
Robin's Genealogy Database Robin Richmond Public site 10.0.3 EN
The Dutton's of Vermont Darrin Dutton 10.1.0 EN
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer 11.0.0 NL,EN
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady Public site 10.1.1 EN, DE
Ewbank, Smith & Hall Family Ron Hall 10.1.2 EN
R G Strong Family Genealogy Russell Strong Public/Private, modified Template 4 13.1.1 EN, FR, DE, NL
Familienforschung Riehl & Kröber Otto Riehl (no public site) 11.1.2 DE, EN, ES, FR, PT
Our Family Links Chuck Filteau Public site, modified Template 12 v10.1.0.1c v10.1.2 EN
Racine d'Alsace J-Louis Valory Public/Private - T17 customized 12.0.2 FR
Genealogy of the Weir and Drain Families Beverley Stimpson Public Site 11.1.2 ENGLISH
Bumbery-Wangler Bob Bumbery Public/Private Site 13.0.0 Emglish
The Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here EN, DE, FR, ES, NL
Martius family Hendrik Martius Half public - template 12 12.0.1 DE, EN, FR, NL
Roots & Relatives Remembered Ron Krzmarzick Public & Private See Here See Here EN,DE,CS
alblasserwaard-genealogie Fred Stuij Handige tool 12.0.1 Nederlands
Familienforschung SCABELL Helga Scabell Public Site 13.0.1 Germans
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site See here See here EN

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