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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.

[See details in the TNGv12 Change Impacts Article][Hide the instructions]

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User Footer Copyright
Summary Allows users to add a user copyright to their site
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Mod Updated 15 Mar 2020
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TNG 14.0
TNG 13.0
For GDPR only
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.3.0
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.1.0
TNG 12.0.1
TNG 12.0
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Author(s) Ken Roy
Homepage User Footer Copyright (This page)
Mod Support TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer TNG Community Forums
Latest Mod for TNG v13+ for TNG V12.3+-GDPR version only for TNG V12.1+ and for TNG V12.0.1 for TNG V12 for TNG V10.1.2 for TNG V10.1.1 with Mobile Media v10.1.1.4 for TNG V10.1.0 with Mobile Media v10.1.0.4 for TNG V10.1.1 and above for TNG V10.1 for TNG V10 and above
Min TNG V 10.0.0
Max TNG V 14+
Files modified
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Purpose of the Mod

TNG V10 moved the contents of the footer.php to genlib.php to allow easier footer switching for Mobile Mode Display. While it is still possible to add User Site Copyright information to the template footer.php file, it is now easier to modify the code in genlib.php.

This mod adds a site specific Copyright to the TNG footers so users do not need to edit the footer.php file nor other TNG files to do so, but rather update the Custom Copyright Start in Setup >> General Settings >> Site Design section and change custom text variables as appropriate if they want different text displayed.

This mod further ensures the Site Copyright is displayed on the Print pages and PDF created pages.

V12.0.1.8-GDPR version puts the Data Protection Policy on a separate line and adds an Imprint link if enabled


Mod Developer is Ken Roy.


  • A working TNG installation.
  • A backup of all affected files (see the list in the summary in the upper right corner of the page)
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.

Revision History

Mod Version Date Contents 04 Mar 2023 GDPR version only updated to add Hungarian-UTF8 thanks to Ingrid who posted the changes on the forum 19 Apr 2021 Updated to eliminate PHP 7 notices and PHP 8 warnings
Added Polish-UTF8 thanks to Michał Jarociński who also beta tested the mod
standardized the mod version 15 Mar 2020 GDPR version only updated for TNG 12.3 beta for https link to TNG site. Non GDPR version does not require code change. Same code version as the version of the mod. Updated to remove beta from mod name 25 Feb 2020 GDPR version updated for TNG 12.3 beta for https link to TNG site. Non GDPR version does not require code change. 20 Feb 2019 Updated for TNG 12.1 beta. Code change provided by Roger Moffat
17 Jul 2018 Updated to correct Dutch translations in the GDPR version and add them to the other version
17 Jul 2018 Updated to handle 2 variations of the genlib.php code since Darrin added a fix to the zip files released on 26 Jun 2018

Added a GDPR version that puts the Data Protection Policy on a separate line and adds an Imprint link if enabled 10 Jun 2018 Updated to add %fileoptional parameters for TNG 12.0.1 beta (patch12_GDPR) for those users who still continue to delete language folders 01 Jun 2018 Updated for TNG 12.0.1 beta (patch12_GDPR) 03 May 2018 Added German language text variables 01 May 2018 Updated for code changes in TNG 12 to replace the new Maintained by message 19 Jul 2015 Updated for the production version of TNG 10.1.2 where The Next Generation link in stdsitecredit.php now opens in a new window. 10 Jul 2015 Updated for TNG 10.1.2. Also changed The Next Generation link to be in a new window.
14 Jun 2015 Updated to support Mobile Media mod changes in genlib.php to support the image preview jQuery script that will be in the next TNG upgrade 05 Apr 2015 Updated for TNG 10.1.1 12 Feb 2015 Updated for TNG 10.1 4 Feb 2014 Updated to show the Copyright symbol correctly in the PDF footer change for both ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8 21 Feb 2014 Original version of the mod


  1. Uninstall and delete previous version of this mod (if installed)
  2. Download the appropriate zip file as shown in the mod summary in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Extract the file from the downloaded zip file into the mods folder or FTP the extracted file to your mods folder.
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the mod.
  5. NOTE - if your site is using the TNG-WordPress plugin, you have to go to your WordPress Admin page to the TNG settings and click the "Update TNG Variables" button AFTER you have entered your start date and Custom Footer Message.

In the event of a problem

Uninstalling the mod

If you want to completely Remove (uninstall) this mod and all its tables, you should

  1. click the Uninstall button to uninstall the mod
  2. click the Delete button to delete the config file from the mods folder.


  • Uninstall and eventually Delete the current Mod.
  • Proceed as for an installation with the new Mod.

Custom Text

The following custom text is provided for the English and English-UTF8 cust_text.php files

// added for User Footer Copyright mod
$admtext['copyrightstart'] = "Custom Copyright Start Year";
$text['usercreatedby'] = "Created and maintained by ";
$text['usercopyright'] = "Copyright ©";
$text['userrights'] = "All rights reserved.";

Note that the copyright symbol is not entered as shown above in the English and English-UTF8 cust_text.php updates made by the Mod Manager cfg file because the file is ANSI and I do not want to provide both an ANSI and UTF8 version of the cfg file. HTML special codes only work when displayed by the browser, which is not the case with creating a PDF file.

If you want different text for your site footer, then the easiest thing to do is to add the text variables you want to override to your cust_text.php file after the mod is installed. Do NOT modify the mod, but either manually or with an override mod add your changes to the cust_text.php file at the bottom of the cust_text.php file just before the terminating ?> line.

Since PHP uses the last occurrence of the $text variable, you can add the custom text variables you want to change after the mod is installed. For example, you could add the following after the above either manually or as an override mod

//  My overrides to the User Footer Copyright mod
$text['userrights'] = "Please contact us with your suggestions.";


My French translation is as follows. The file download was removed since HTML codes for accents get displayed as test strings. It is easier to update the cust_text.php file directly in the correct language folder where the files should already have the correct charset encoding. Note that I show the copyright symbol in this case since the cust_text.php will be in the correct encoding.

// added for User Footer Copyright mod
$admtext['copyrightstart'] = "Année de début des droits d'auteur";
$text['usercreatedby'] = "créé et entretenu par";
$text['usercopyright'] = "Droits d'auteur ©";
$text['userrights'] = "Tous droits réservés";

Visualization of this mod

The User Footer Copyright mod adds a Custom Copyright Start Year field for you to enter the year you originally launched your TNG web site.

It also uses the Site Name and Site Owner fields and some custom text variables

User footer copyright input.png

to generate a Site Copyright statement

User footer copyright display.png

Known Issues

The following are a couple of known issues and how to handle them.

  • PDF Footer text now overlays the PDF creation date
  • Question mark is displayed for copyright symbol on public site and a square box in the PDF footer
  • User modified footer from a prior version of TNG
  • Will not work with Templates 6, 8, and 12 in TNG v10 until TNG V10.0.1 which will provide the updated footer.php files for those templates to use the TNG Copyright from genlib.php.

See section below on how you can modify the footer.php for these 3 templates until then

Text Overlay

To correct the text overlay if your footer copyright is now too long in the PDF footer, you can change the fontSizeLarge to fontSizeSmall in tngpdf.php around lines 442 and 478 so that they are

    $this->SetFont($footerConfig['font'], '', $footerConfig['fontSizeSmall']);

Question Mark Display

If your site is running as UTF-8 and you get a question mark display, then you need to change the Language in your Admin >> Setup >> General Settings >> Language from English to English-UTF8

Note that if you are running as ISO-8859-1 that you must use the English language and NOT English-UTF8 to avoid garbage characters before the copyright symbol.

Modified Footer

If you use a modified footer.php or your own template, you need update your footer to include the code used by TNG v10, as shown in the changes needed for Template 6, 8, and 12 above.

Template 6, 8, and 12

TNG version: 10.0

The footer.php files in Template 6, 8, and 12 were not updated in TNG V10 for the change made to the footer for Mobile Mode Display. If you want to use this mod with those templates, you can change the following code in the footer.php file

TNG version: 10.0.1

Note that the footer.php file for these templates was fixed in TNG 10.0.1

                    &nbsp;&nbsp;<?php echo $text['pwrdby'];  ?> <a class="footer"  href="" target="_blank">The  Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding</a> &copy;, v.  <?php echo $tng_version; ?>, <?php echo $text['writby']; ?>  Darrin Lythgoe 2001-<?php echo date('Y'); ?>

to use

                $flags['basicfooter'] = true;
                echo tng_footer($flags);

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
Our Roy and Boucher Family Ken Roy Mod Developer. I generalized my site copyright mod 13.0.3 EN, FR
Roger's Ramblings Roger Moffat 12.0.3 EN
Royalty to Rogues Tom Dunaway Replaced "Copyright" lower case "c" with upper case 10.1.2 EN
Steve's Family Tree Steve Overton 10.0.0 EN
Chamberlain & Eidenbenz Genealogy Graham Chamberlain 12.0.1 EN, FR, DE, SP, NL
Stewart Family Genealogy Michael Stewart 10.0.0 EN
Total Family History Scott Bennett 10.0.0 EN
Genealogy Cook Klaus Dieter Cook 10.0.0 EN,DE,SP
Polys Family Genealogy David Polys 10.0.0 EN
Colleen & Jeff's Roots Colleen Greene Replaced copyright with Creative Commons license 10.0.0 EN
Farnham & Paradise Ohana Barbara Farnham Paradise with Modifications (Mobile & Standard sites different) 10.0.1 EN
Stammbaum der Familien Klein,Landgraf,Eckarts Michael Klein Public/Privat 13.0.2 EN,DE
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer Public site 11.0.0 NL, EN
DJCM.DK Claus Martinussen Public site 12.0.3 DA, EN
MacomberKin Rev. Clinton Macomber Wonderful! Thanks 10.0.3 EN
The Duttons of New England Darrin Dutton Public/Private 14.0.1 EN
Our Family History Tor Lund Public site 12.2 NO, EN, DE
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site See here See here EN
Thurmon King's Sackett Family Database Ted Smith The Sackett Family Association site; open to public 10.1.1 EN
Campbell Genealogy Pages Les Campbell Public Site 10.1.3 EN
Kleinmann Genealogy John Kleinmann 14.0 EN
R G Strong Family Genealogy Russell G Strong Public Site 13.1.1 EN, DE, FR, NL
the Runkle project Steve Pritt Public Site 11.0.2 EN
Whipple, White, Nelson & Duncan Families Steven Whipple 11.1.0 EN, DA, DE, SP, NL, FR, IT and others
The Pettit Forest Robert Pettit 11.0.2 EN
whakapapa, online Merv Priestley 10.1.1 EN
Family History and Ancestry Jay Santos 11.1.0 EN
Your Roots are Showing Harold Craswell Public/Private See Here See Here EN
Famille Potié et ses alliés Christophe Potié 11.1.0 EN, FR
Harnett Sheehan Families Kathleen Sheehan 11.1.0 EN
Rintoul/Bowman Family Andrew Rintoul Public/Private 12.0 EN
Avery Genealogy Jim Kratoville 11.0.2 EN
Lewis Lineage Todd Emerson Lewis Not a public site 11.0.2 EN
From Blighty to Baghdad Andrew Smith 11.1.0 EN
OurLife Family History - McMullen Clan Sean Thompson Not a public site. 11.1.0 EN
Ancestry of the Brown Family Misty Bearman 11.1.0 EN
Family History and Ancestry Jay Santos Not a public site. 11.1.0 EN
Balbeag Family History David Hill Not a public site 11.0.2 EN
Anderson, Kitchen, Ramirez, and Reynoso Families Denton B. Anderson 11.1.0 EN
McCarty-McCoy Genealogy Pages Kelly Booth 11.0.2 EN
Drzewo Genealogiczne Rodziny Pepel Klemens Pepel Not a public site 11.0.2 EN
Familie Bitterer Martin Bitterer Not a public site. 11.1.0 DE
Nordby Family Silje Nordby 11.1.0 NO, EN
Johnson Family Bradley J. Johnson 11.1.0 EN
Drzewo Genealogiczne Rodziny Pepel Klemens Pepel Not a public site 11.1.0 EN
Racine d'Alsace J-Louis Valory Public/Private - Template 1 11.1.1 FR
Stamboom Jongman Roel Jongman Public/Private site 10.1.3 NL, DE, EN
Genealogy of the Weir and Drain Families Beverley Stimpson Public Site 11.1.2 EN
The Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here EN, DE, FR, ES, NL
Die Familien Morres - Bauer - Schulz Gero Morres Private Site 12.0.0 DE
Madsen and Pedersen FamilieHistorie Bo Ernlund Private Site 12.0.0 DE
The Family of Ian Redpath and Maxine Pitt Ian Redpath Private Site 12.0.0 EN
Nordiske Aner Mogens C. Fenger Private Site 12.0.0 DA, EN
Genealogische Datenbank JPB Public site see here see here DE, EN, FR
The Grahams of Helensburgh Jim Graham Public/Private 12.0.0 EN
Kemp(e) Family History Andrew Kemp Public site see here see here EN, DE, RU
Our Acadian Family Randal Suire Public/Media Private 12.0.1 EN, FR
KK's Family History Kathy Kult Public site (except Living are Private) 13.0 EN
Our Family Tree Search Jessica Senkyr-Robinette Private Site 12.0.2 EN
Familiegeschiedenis en Voorvaderen Wim Jansen Not a Public Site 12.0.1 EN, DE, NL
Schuster-Pippersteiner Ingrid Schuster Public Site 14.0 DE, EN, CZ, HU
Auf den Spuren meiner Vorfahren UHaase Public/Private 12.2 DE,EN
Chari Family Kris Chari Public/Private 10.1.1 EN
Baza danych Rodziny Jarocińskich Michał Jarociński Private site 13.0.3, T7 PL, EN
Genealogy of a Dutch East-Indies Family Rob Severijns Private 14.0.2 NL, EN
Helwegs Ahnen Andreas Helweg Public Site 13.1 DE, EN, DE, NL
Sejarah Thümann Jeffrey Thümann Public 13.0.3 NL, EN
Osage County Cousins Larry G Banks Public/Private 14.0 EN