Living Color Mod

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TNG 14.0

Living Color Mod
Summary Displays names of living persons in selected color on personal and family group sheets.
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Mod Updated 17 April 2023
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TNG 13.0
TNG 14.0

TNG 12.0
TNG 11.0

TNG 900-1000
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Author(s) Rick Bisbee
Homepage Bisbee Family Connection
Mod Support Support for Living_Color_Mod
Contact Developer As above
Latest Mod
Min TNG V 9.0.0
Max TNG V 14.0
Files modified
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Very easy to configure and use.
If you are also using the Wiki Integration mod then it must be installed prior to the Living Color Mod in TNG V8.


When you are logged in as Admin it is impossible to tell at a glance if a person is flagged as living or private without going into the Edit tab. It is important because all those who should be flagged but are not, may have vital information revealed to unauthorized visitors. This mod affects TNG pages by setting the names of everyone flagged as living or private to the colors of your choice. You can also determine who will be allowed to see highlighting for living or private persons. By default it is Admin only, but you can set it to be visible to any logged in user to whom you have given permissions.

Current version adds an option to bold & italicize living and private persons for those who may be color-vision impaired.

CAUTION: TNG families also have a 'living' flag which serves to limit information shown to the public about marriages. Living Color on family group sheets or in family search lists only reflects the status of a person's 'living' flag and says nothing about the state of family/marriage 'living' flags.


Mod Tested With Following TNG Versions
Ver 900 910 922 1000 all 1100 all 1102+ 1200+ 1300+ 1400+ php 5.6/7.4 php 5.6/7.4 php 7.4/8.2

*green: compatible   red: not compatible   white: not tested

See Multisite Testbed for information on how this mod is tested and managed.

Conflicts With Other Mods

TNG version: 10.0
TNG version: 9.0.4

If using Relationship Display Mod, then you must install it before installing Living Color.

At the moment there are no known conflicts with other TNG mods. It should be noted however, that if you are using the Wiki Integration mod, you must install it before installing Living Color.

Revision History

Version Date Contents

v13.0.0.23 17 Apr 2023
  • Fixes incompatibility with SOSA mod
v13.0.0.22 05 Dec 2022
  • Fixes bad target in familychart.php
v13.0.0.21 03 Oct 2021
  • Adds colors and optional emphasis (for color impaired vision) to rest of TNG charts
  • Deconflicts with Simple Seo Mod
  • Adds Living Color to the following TNG files:
    • extrastree.php
    • pedigreetext.php
    • ahnentafel.php
    • showmap.php
    • placesearch.php

Thanks to Rob Van Rij for providing and testing these updates.

v13.0.0.20 26 Sep 2020
  • Adds colors and optional emphasis (for color impaired vision) to rest of TNG charts
  • Deconflicts with Simple Seo Mod
  • Fixes minor bug re anniversaries.php
v13.0.0.19 25 Sep 2020
  • Adds colors to new TNGv13 vertical charts
v13.0.0.18 21 Sep 2020
  • Updates mod for TNGv13
  • Updates mod with option to show living and private individuals with bold & italics for those who my be color-vision impaired
v12.0.0.18 11 Aug 2020
  • Updates mod with option to show living and private individuals with bold & italics for those who my be color-vision impaired
v12.0.0.17 23 Mar 2018
  • Updates mod to show show living status in family charts
v11.0.0.15 20 Mar 2016
  • Updates mod to work with TNGv11
v10.1.1.14 25 Jul 2015
  • Consolidates previous versions of the mod and is compatible with TNG all the way back to v9.0.0
v10.1.1.13 5 Apr 2015
  • Update for TNG v10.1.1
v10.1.0.12 9 Mar 2015
  • Adds color to Descendants Text and Register views
v10.1.0.11 8 Jan 2015
  • Updated for TNGv10.1.0
v10.0.2.10 28 Apr 2014
  • Corrected internal version number
v10.0.2.10 27 Apr 2014
  • Upgrade for TNGv10.0.2. Not compatible with previous versions of TNG
v9.2.0.9 26 Feb 2012
  • Upgrade for TNGv920 beta 1. Not compatible with previous versions of TNG
v9.0.0.8 7 Oct 2012
  • Adds living color to media listings (browsemedia.php).
  • Fix display of private individuals in anniversaries display
v9.0.0.7 12 Aug 2012 Adds living color to the anniversaries display.
v9.0.0.6 26 Apr 2012 New Feature! In addition to highlighting names of persons whose 'living' flag is set, this version adds capability to highlight names whose 'private' flag is set. The admin can turn off highlighting for living or private flags, choose separate highlight colors, and display highlighted names on TNG pages for admins only or for both admins and registered users. See new Mod Manager Editor options.
v9.0.0.5 14 Apr 2012 Fixes Errors in Admin >> People when searching for those with no children or no parents.
v9.0.0.4 25 Feb 2012 Removes unwanted styling from CSV output in showreport.php
v9.0.0.3 21 Feb 2012 Adds living color to timelines
v9.0.0.2 16 Feb 2012 Prevent fatal errors if upgrade is installed on top of mod
v9.0.0.1 15 Feb 2012 Minor technical fix
v9.0.0.0 8 Feb 2012 Updated for TNG V9. No known conflicts or install dependencies.
v8.1.2j 18 Aug 2011 Deconflicted with Research Link Mod; add descendant charts (again).
v8.1.2i 15 Aug 2011 Deconflicted with Submit Photo/Document Mod.
v8.1.2h 15 Aug 2011 Deconflicted with Relationship Display Mod.
v8.1.2g 15 Aug 2011 Deconflicted with Deceased Icon mod; included What's New page.
v8.1.2f 13 Aug 2011 Fixed a few bugs, reduced it's impact on TNG scripts, and made it a bit more bullet-proof.
v8.1.2e 11 Aug 2011 Fixes a bug on family edit page, where if you added a parent by personID it showed the styling tags as part of the name. Also fixed the alt text for small photos in family group sheets to remove styling tags.
v8.1.2d 10 Aug 2011 Adds living color to virtually all pages and lists
v8.1.2c 9 Aug 2011 Adds living color to individual and family search lists
v8.1.2b 2 Aug 2011 Adds living color to descendant charts
v8.1.2a 29 Jul 2011 Initial release of Living Color Mod


User's Page View

This is how part of a page might appear with Admin or View living and View private persons privileges. Bear in mind, the highlight colors simply show that the living flag (red) or private flag (blue) is set.


The example above is shown with the Child Descendant Indicator Mod by Chuck Filteau that replaces the greater-than symbol (>) with the more traditional plus sign (+) to indicate that a person has children.

Note that if your are using the Event Map add children mod the child's name in the Google Map Events table will also be highlighted.

Mod Manager

After the Living Color Mod is successfully installed, one of the items listed in the Mod Manager will look something like this.


To change the program parameters, click on Edit Options.

Mod Manager Editor

The Mod Manager editor presents four program parameters for editing. The first two set the highlight color and viewing privileges for Private persons, while the next two do the same for Living persons. Highlight colors can be expressed as a hex color code (e.g., #000080) or as a color constant (e.g., blue). In either case, do not surround the parameter with quotes. If you don't care why data is being restricted, you can set both living and private highlight colors to the same value. After setting parameter values, click on Confirm Edit to save your preferences. If you click on Restore default parameter values, the defaults in parentheses will be restored.



  • A working installation of TNG.
  • A copy of living_color with suitable version for your TNG installation. See download area at top of page for selecting the right version for your website.

Automated Install

  1. Remove and delete previously installed version of living_color.
  2. Download the appropriate living_color zip file from the Mod Summary at the top of the page.
  3. Unzip the file and place it in your /mods folder.
  4. Click on Mod Manager in the Admin panel and install it.
  5. In the Mod Manager listing for this mod, click on Edit and change the color and access parameters as desired.

Manual Installation

Manual installation is not supported.

Side Affects

The names shown in 'living color' are also links, but they will no longer change their color when you hover over them as do your normal links.

Acknowledgements and Disclaimer

Thanks to Ken Roy for his assistance and always helpful suggestions. Also kudos to Bryan Larson and Rob van Rij for suggesting useful extensions.

Thanks and appreciation to Martin Pannier for his addition of highlighting for Private flags.

As always, use this script at your own risk. The author will not be responsible for any damage to your website resulting from its use.

See also

  • Deceased Indication - adds a headstone indicator viewable by all visitors to the page to indicate whether an individual is deceased

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
Bisbee Family Connection Rick Bisbee Mod Developer V9.0.0.9 TNG V9.2.2 EN
A Line of Malkins in NZ Rick Malkin Great Mod... v13.0.0.21 v13.1.1 English
Things of KINGS Garry KING Happy user... V13.0.0.20 TNG V13.0.2 English
Our Roy and Boucher Family Ken Roy I also use this mod on a test system with the Wiki Integration mod V11.0.0.0 11.0.0 EN, FR
Our Family Histories Bryan S. Larson I use this mod with admin only enabled. V11.0.0.15 TNG V11.1 EN
AppeltHaus Genealogy Lawrence Appelt Not a Public Site. 10.0.2 EN Janusz Kielak I also use this mod on a test system with the Wiki Integration mod V9.0.0.5 TNG V9.0.2 PL,EN,DE,ES,RUS
My family Oname.gif (no public site) see here D,(NL),(GB)
Kemp(e) Family History Andrew Kemp see User:Kempons EN
Walls Wrightsman Family Carl B Zachary V9.2.0.9 TNG 9.2.0 English
Zausmers and More-smers Joyaa Antares Not a public site. I really like this Mod V11.0.0.15 TNG 11.1.2 EN
Sorenson Robey Family History Darlene Bittaker Admin only enabled V9.2.0.9 TNG 9.1.1 EN
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer Public site V10.1.0.15 11.0.0 NL, EN
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady Public site 10.1.1 EN, DE
Kleinmann Genealogy John Kleinmann 14.0 EN
R G Strong Family Genealogy Russell Strong Public Site 13.1.1 EN, FR, DE, NL
Roots & Relatives Remembered Ron Krzmarzick Public & Private See Here See Here EN,DE,CS
Luithlenfamilie Ingo Wagner Not a Public site 11.1.2 DE, EN, NO, FR
Population reconstruction Baarle-Nassau/Hertog and surrounding places Rob van Rij Public Site V13.0.2.1 13.0.2 DE,EN,NL
Familie van Seeventer Sandor van Seeventer Public site 14.0 DE/EN/NL
Bumbery-Wangler Bob Bumbery Public/Private site 13.0.0 English
Genealogische Datenbank


Public site see here see here DE, EN, FR
Gambrill Family Tree Bobby Gambrill Public site 13.1.1 English
Familienforschung SCABELL Helga Scabell Public/Private 13.0.1 DE, EN, PT
Racines Luxo-hennuyères Michel Kirsch Public site (registration) V13.0.0.18 TNG 13.0.3 FR/EN/GE/NL
Nordic Ancestry Mogens C. Fenger Private site (registration) V13.0.0.21 TNG 13.1 DA/EN
Joseph Oran Holtz Genealogy Pages Jim Holt Private See Here See Here EN
Barta Joggele aus Mauren Liechtenstein Gerald Meier Private 14.0 EN, DE, FR, IT, PT, ES, CZ
La Saga BIGEY François BIGEY Public 14.0.1 FR
Solem Genealogy Jan-Thore Solem Private 13​.0​.0​.23 14.0.2 EN, NO