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TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0

Private Trees.
Summary This mod allows Admin to designate trees as private.
Mod Updated 15 Oct 2020
Download link
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.3.0
TNG 12.0
TNG 11.0
TNG 10.1.0
TNG 10.0
TNG 9.2.2

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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 for TNG 13+ for TNG 12.3 for TNG 10.1+
Min TNG V 9.2.2
Max TNG V 13+
Files modified
browsetrees.php, genlib.php, searchform.php, famsearchform.php, admin_trees.php, admin_newtree.php, admin_edittree.php, admin_addtree.php, admin_updatetree.php
Related Mods

Purpose of the mod

This mod allows Admin to designate trees as private.

  • Private designated trees are not displayed throughout TNG except for users with admin rights.
  • Adds a checkbox in Admin/Trees (New and Edit) to designate a tree as private.
  • Status column added to the Admin/Trees display to show Private/Not Private.

My situation is that I do everything within my production TNG site including testing.
I have test trees that do not need to be public so I need this mod.


This mod was developed by Jeff Robison.
* View all mods by Jeff Robison


  • A working TNG installation.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.

Revision History

Version Date Contents
v13.0.0.2a 19 January 2021 Fixed fixes for TNG V13 by Jeff Robison
v13.0.0.2 15 October 2020 Updated for TNG V13 by Ken Roy
v12.3.0.1 5 April 2020 Updated for TNG V12.3 by Ron Krzmarzick
V10.1.0.1 Updated for TNG v10.1
v9.2.2.2 23 February 2014‎ Original release

Automated Installation

  1. Download the .zip file. Upload and Extract to the mods folder.
  2. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install.

In the event of a problem

Custom Text Additions

Note that config file only includes the English language changes, so if you support multiple languages you can modify the config file to add the custom text for those other languages, or manually add the following custom text to each of your other languages with appropriate translations.

$text['privatetree'] = "Private Tree";
$text['privatetreey'] = "Private";
$text['privatetreen'] = "Not Private";

TNG User sites using this mod

Please add your site if you use this modification.

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Robison and Blythe Genealogy Jeff Robison Mod developer 13.0.2 English
Total Family History Scott Bennett Private Site (For right now) TNG 10.0.1 English
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
The Williams Family Tree Phil Williams Public Site 10.0.3 English
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer Public site 11.0.0 NL, EN
Brabantse Genealogie Rob van Rij Public Site 12.2 EN,NL
Bumbery-Wangler Bob Bumbery Public Site 11.1.2 English
Martius family Hendrik Martius Half public 12.0.1 DE, EN, FR, NL
Cordes-Thomas Genealogy John Cordes Public site 12.1 English
Familienforschung Scabell Helga Scabell Public Private 13.0.1 DE, EN, PT
YourTrees Berkshire FHS/Paul Barrett Private/Synology NAS 13.0.4 EN
Lathrope Family Genealogy S Sharpe Public 13.0.4 EN