Admin Cemeteries Search

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Admin Cemeteries Search
Summary Adds numerous controls to the Admin Cemeteries Search page to filter the search and include optional data in the results.
Mod Updated 21 Dec 2020
Download link v13.0.0.9f
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0
See the Revision History for older versions.)
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Author(s) Robin Richmond
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Mod Support My Mod Support form or TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer My Mod Support form
Latest Mod
Min TNG V 12.0
Max TNG V 13.0.1
Files modified
admin_cemeteries.php, admin_genconfig.php, admin_updateconfig.php, English cemetery_help.php;
Installs rrcemeteriessearch_ajx.php, rrcemeteriessearch_lib.php;
TNGv12 May Install rrshared_modsettingsblocks4.php, rrshared_wikilogo.gif
Related Mods

Purpose of the Mod

This distinctly large and complex mod adds filtering, searching, and formatting options to the Admin>>Cemeteries>>Search page that not only provide more search and display options, but also, in effect, produce what I hope are a variety of useful reports.

Among other things, it

  • Lets the user control which fields are searched by the search string,
  • Reveals which database fields are being searched,
  • Provides a set of "smart" selection boxes for Country, State, County, and City that allow you focus your search on a location without having to specify the location in the search string. [Show details]
They are "smart" in the sense that
  1. They are populated with values based on the selected value for the next-higher-level place component.
  2. If the higher-level place component value has only one subordinate value, for instance, if Manning County is the only county in Idaho in this site's Cemeteries table - then that value is automatically selected, and the possible values for the next place component are populated based on that value.
  3. When a state but no county has been selected, the both the County and City fields are populated. As a result, you can select a city without necessarily selecting its county first.
  4. When a place component value is selected, that component is removed from the list of fields that are searched by the search string (#6).
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  • Sorts the results table in several ways,
  • Can report the number of headstones tied to a cemetery, or the number of burial events at the places associated with the cemetery.
    • Can also use either of these counts in the results sort.
  • Has location drop down boxes to allow the search to focus on a specific location
  • Has mod options that let you suppress some of the new search form controls.

See the Visualizations for details

Mod Options

These mod options are custom TNG settings, defined and edited in a "Mod Settings Block" at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings, in a new subform named Mod Settings Blocks. See the Mod Settings Block visualization below.

  1. Default value for the country selection box
  2. Two checkboxes (for "maplink" and "Notes") that determine whether these fields are searched by default.
  3. Three checkboxes (for "Associated Places", "Geocodes", and "Notes") that control to whether search results table will include these columns by default.
  4. Two checkboxes that can remove specific new search features from the search form.
To understand these options you really need to know something about the search features implemented by the mod. [Show details]
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  1. There is a new location selection lookup feature based on a cascade of selection boxes for the country, state, county, and city. Each selection box's options are controlled by the selections that precede it.) can each be selected from dropdown boxes.
    Admin cemeteries search-option1lookup.jpg
    You can specify the default country.
  2. The search form (a) Tells you which fields it is searching and (b) Allows you to search two optional database fields.
    Admin cemeteries search-option2search.jpg
    You can indicate whether of those fields are searched by default.
    • The maplink field is searched by the native code. I'm not sure how its value works in a search.
    • In the small screen clip just above, you can see that the "notes" field has been selected.
  3. In the search form, you can control the display of three optional results columns.
    Admin cemeteries search-option3results.jpg
    The three checkboxes determine which of these results columns are selected by default. In each search, you can, of course, select different columns, and the most recent selections carry over to the next search.
  4. Aside from the cascade of location selection boxes illustrated above, the search form has some fairly complicated options for counting burials and headstone images and for sorting the results based on the count of burials or headstone images.
    Admin cemeteries search-option4counts.jpg
    You can control whether each of these new features is included in the Cemeteries search form.
    • If you select the option for "The location selection boxes", then the row of selection boxes shown above will be omitted from the form.
    • If you select the option for "Burial and Headstone Counts", then then the checkboxes for Burial and Headstone Counts and sort options will be omitted from the form.
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Notably, if you have installed the Inner Mod Menus mod, the "Mod Information" pull-down menu at the right end of the standard TNG "Inner menu" (right below the tab menu) will provide very handy access to the mod options, where you can change these selections. (See the Inner Mod Menu Visualization below.)

Mod Conflicts

I don't know of any conflicts other than older versions of some Related Mods. As far as I know, this mod and its companion mod, Cemetery Edit, are the only published mods that affect the Cemeteries administration programs.

Related Mods

  1. The Mod Settings Blocks mod packages this mod's options into what I call a "Mod Settings Block", which is a set of form fields that formatted and labeled so that it stands out among other options in an Admin>>Setting form. The Mod Settings Blocks mod must be installed before this mod can be installed.
  2. The optional mod Inner Mod Menus displays an "Inner Mod Menu" in the TNG "inner menu" (just below the tab menu). The Inner Mod Menu is defined by this mod but is visible only if Inner Mod Menus is installed. It is also visible only to TNG administrators; never to end-users. I highly recommend that you install the Inner Mod Menus mod because Inner Mod Menus provide links to handy information - particularly to the mod settings blocks for this mod's options.
  3. This mod gathers data that can be used by the optional mod Show Mod Names, but there is no dependency on Show Mod Names
  4. The optional Field Buttons mod installs a Javascript library that this mod uses to add small "Field Buttons" buttons that serve as editing shortcuts in HTML forms. See a visualization below.
  5. My Admin Cemetery Edit mod is closely related, and I recommend it as a companion to this Admin Cemeteries Search. Still, these two mods are independent of each other. Admin Cemetery Edit modifies the Cemetery Edit screen extensively, whereas this mod focuses on the Admin Cemeteries Search.

Files Modified

  1. admin_cemeteries.php - The Admin Cemeteries Search page, which is the target of almost all of the changes
  2. genstyle.css - Style rules that define minimum widths for some result table columns
  3. cemetery_help.php English - Modified fairly extensively to describe the new search form, to describe the meaning of TNG "Cemeteries" vs Burial Places. The help file also now links to two Wiki articles (including this one).


In TNGv13, the mod's subfolder also contains critical files that contain the mod's language strings, which the mod does not add to standard cust_text.php files. Instead, the PHP code modified by this mod loads the language strings from files in the mod's languages/ subfolder. Read more about this technique.

In TNGv12 only, there is a second mod subfolder, which is shared by several mods. The folder RR-shared_mod_includes_v12.0.0.4 contains Include files that help to manage mod options in many of my mods:

  1. rrshared_modsettingsblocks4.php - Mod Settings Blocks
  2. img/rrshared_wikilogo.gif - An icon that links to a mod's TNG Wiki page from a Mod Settings Block

Each mod that contains the shared folder may install some or all of its shared files, depending on whether those files already exist. Once a file from the shared folder has been installed (by any mod), that file will not be overwritten or removed by the subsequent installation or un-installation of any mod (including this one), nor will its presence or absence generate any Mod Manager errors.

If you unzip mod distribution files directly into your mods folder, then the presence of the shared subfolder and the installation of its files should be invisible to you. But if you generally copy mod subfolders to your mods folder after you have unzipped the distribution file, then you need to make sure to copy the folder RR-shared_mod_includes_v12.0.0.4 (well, unless you are confident that it is already in your mods folder because it was part of another mod).

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  • A working TNG installation.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
  • You should backup files listed in the panel on the right.


  1. Remove and delete previous version of this mod.
  2. Backup the files updated by this mod. They are listed in the panel at the upper right.
  3. Download the .zip file, Extract its .cfg file to the mods folder.
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files.


  1. Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability
  2. Contact me through My Mod Support form.
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The unmodified Admin Cemeteries Search page
Cemetery admin list-before.png

1. After Installation - Overview
Admin cemeteries search8-after1b.jpg
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  1. At the right end of the "innermenu" (just below the tab menu), the "Mod Information" label drops down an "Inner Mod Menu", which provides handy links to information about the mod, and, most particularly, a handy link to the mod options. See the Inner Mod Menu visualization below.
    • The Inner Mod Menu is visible only if the Show Inner Mod Menus mod is installed. (I highly recommend that you install Show Inner Mod Menus - I believe that the opportunity to use the Inner Mod Menu to pop up the mod options editor is just too good to pass up.)
  2. The new set of "Location" controls that are described in the Location Controls" subsection of this article.. Each place component (country, state, county, city) has a smart selection box. They are "smart" in the sense that
    • They are populated with values based on the selected value for the next-higher-level place component.
    • If the higher-level place component value has only one subordinate value, for instance, if Manning County is the only county in Idaho in this site's Cemeteries table - then that value is automatically selected, and the possible values for the next place component are populated based on that value.
    • When a state but no county has been selected, the both the County and City fields are populated. As a result, you can select a city without necessarily selecting its county first.
    • When a place component value is selected, that component is removed from the list of fields that are searched by the search string (#6).
    XYZZYif you to not find the Location selection boxes to be useful, you can hide them through a mod option. If you hide them, or if you not A mod option suppresses The Location selection boxes can # The search string has HTML placeholder text that tells you about characters that have special meaning to the search field (see a visualization below). The string also has "field buttons" (see the Field Buttons mod and a visualization below). The 'X' button clears the field.
  3. An information icon is a link to the portion of the Cemeteries help page that describes the changes to the Cemeteries search form - particularly the controls that follow the information icon.
  4. A dynamic list of the fields that are searched by the search key. When you select place component values (Country, state, etc.) from the drop-down menus, those fields are removed from this list.
  5. These two checkboxes indicate whether the corresponding fields are searched. The default values for the two checkboxes are controlled by a Mod Parameter. The field "maplink" - the URL of a cemetery map - is included because the native TNG code always searched it.
  6. The Results Per Page field, which defaults to the system-wide "Max Search Results" parameter value at the beginning of a browser session, and its attached field buttons.
  7. Checkboxes that determine whether certain columns are included in the search results. The default values of these boxes are determined by a Mod Option. Note that the "Notes" checkbox here controls whether the Notes are in the results table, whereas the "notes" checkbox just above (#6) determines whether the Notes field is searched. In the visualization, the Geocodes will be omitted, and the Associated Places and Notes will be included in the table. (A visualization below explains why "Associated Places" is plural).
  8. Two checkboxes determine whether the results will show the number of burials at a cemetery and/or the number of headstone photos associated with the cemetery. When either checkbox is selected, an additional set of controls appears next to them. Those additional controls are shown in another visualization below.
  9. If either of the counts (#9) is selected, you can sort the results by one of the counts (but not both). See the Sorting Results section of this article for more details.
  10. A drop-down selection list determines a second sort key order (after the count - if a count is selected). Again, see the Sorting Results section of this article for more details.
  11. The search parameters including the sort order, are listed just above the results table.
  12. The new "Place" column displays the cemetery's Associated Placename, and is displayed only if the Associated Places checkbox (#8) is selected.
  13. The new "Notes" column is visible because the "Display...Notes" checkbox (#8) is checked. The FindAGrave Cemetery hyperlinks in the Notes column are a result of the FindAGrave Links mod. I do not enter a full FindAGrave hyperlink in the Cemetery Notes field. Instead, I just enter a FindAGrave cemetery number in the format "CRid=nnn", and the FindAGrave Links mod converts that string into a hyperlink to the correct FindAGrave cemetery page.
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2. Location Selection Controls

Admin cemeteries search8-after2b-placenav.jpg

  1. When a state is selected, but not a county, the City field becomes City and County, so you can select cities without having to select a county first. In this case, I have selected cemeteries in Washington County that are not in a city.
  2. The Location selected by the Location controls is shown in the list of search parameters.
  3. There would ordinarily be a "Location" column between the Cemetery column and the Associated Place column. But, given the selected location, all of the cemeteries in the results table have the same location. Since the location is now shown as a search parameter just above the results table, the Location column is omitted.
3. Burial Count Controls
Admin cemeteries search-after4-burialcount.jpg

(In this screen clip, the blue numbers continue the numbering of new features from the earlier screen clip with numbers 1-14)

  1. In the location controls, the state of Iowa has been selected.
  2. The "Count burials" checkbox has been checked,
  3. (Blue number 15) Controls that set a criterion on the counts are visible because the "Count burials" checkbox was checked. There are three controls:
    • The checkbox that activates the criterion
    • The comparison operator, where "less than" has been selected, and
    • The value to which the count is compared, which has been set to 10. This is a number field that allows the user to use little arrows to increment or decrement the count.
  4. The Sort by Burial count checkbox has been activated by marking the Count Burials checkbox, and is selected.
  5. The "ASCending/DESCending" sort selection control has been set to "DESCending" for the Burial Count sort.
  6. The search and sort criteria just above the results table show the The Burial count is shown in a column titled "Bur". That column is the first data column in the table because the Burial count is the primary sort field. If the Sort By Burial Count checkbox were not checked, the Burial Count column would be far to the right.
  7. (Blue number 16) Because a partial location has been selected (Iowa, USA), the location column is called "Sub-location" and does not show the full location of the cemetery, but only the portion of the location that is within the selected location. Since the location search criterion is shown just above the results table, users can easily determine the full location if they forget the selected location.
Visualization 4: (a) Two trees with the same Associated Place and (b) The optional Geocodes column
Admin cemeteries search-after5-twotrees.jpg
  1. The search string is "lake"
  2. The sort order "Country, State, County, City, Cemetery Name (as opposed to the first option, "Cemetery Name, City, County...) causes the location names to be expressed with Country first. Though this is often a more useful way to sort than by cemetery name, I have to admit that the notation is no really familiar to most of us.
  3. The Search and sort options show that the sort order will be country first.
  4. Because the Location is the primary sort key, it is the first data column in the results table. Also, the country (USA) has already been selected, so it is not needed in the Location column, which shows location names with the state first, to be consistent with the sort order.

(The blue numbers continue the numbering of new features)

  1. The Geocodes column abbreviates both the column name and the data values. The superscript 1 refers to a footnote that explains the field contents.
  2. There are two significant aspects of the Associated Place data:
    1. Because the Geocodes column is displayed, the Geocodes of the Associated Place are also displayed, with the same rounding as in the Geocodes column.
    2. In the second result, there are two values for the Tree and Geocodes, because the Associated Place occurs in two trees.
  3. The footnote associated the the Geocodes column explains which values are in the column, and notes the rounding of the latitude and longitude values.
5. Field Buttons
See the Field Buttons Wiki article, or Open an annotated visualization here
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Admin cemeteries search-after6a-fieldbuttons.jpg
In the screen clip above, new feature 18 is the field buttons.

  • For the search string field:
    • The X button will clear the search string value.
    • The R button will restore the field to the value it had when the page was loaded.
  • For the Results per page field:
    • The R button, as above, will restore the field to the value it had when the page was loaded.
    • The D button will assign a default value to the field. In this case, the default value is the TNG system parameter "Max Search Results".
    • The A button will assign a value that means "All Items". In this case, that value is 'all'.

Buttons that would not change the current value are shaded out, as shown below.
Admin cemeteries search-after6b-fieldbuttons.jpg
In this screen clip, a search has been done with no search string, and with 30 Results per page. As a result:

  • For the search string field:
    • The X button is shaded out because there is no value to clear.
    • The R button is shaded out because we just loaded the page, and the field value is still in its initial state.
  • For the Results per page field:
    • The R button, as above, is shaded out because we just loaded the page.
    • The D button is shaded out because the the field already has the default value (the value of the TNG system parameter "Max Search Results").
    • The A button is visible because the value is not 'all'.

Note that the Field Buttons mod must be installed for the field buttons to be visible, but it is not required for the mod to work.

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6. The Mod Options, in a Mod Settings Block

The Mod Settings Block for Admin Cemeteries Search (like most other Mod Settings Blocks) is at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings in a new subform named Robin's Mods. When Mod Settings Block are invoked from an Inner Mod Menu, the Admin>>Settings program automatically opens the subform and displays only the target Mod Settings Block, like this:

Admin cemeteries search-after-modsettingsblock.jpg

7. The Admin Cemeteries Inner Mod Menu

The visibility of this Inner Mod Menu depends on the installation of the Show Inner Mod Menus, but that mod is not required. Because Admin Cemeteries Search has mod options in a Mod Settings Block, the Inner Mod Menu contains a link labeled "Change Mod Options", and that link opens the Mod Settings Block above.

Admin cemeteries search-after-innermodmenu.jpg


The search form provides several ways to sort the query results. The native code always sorts the results by Cemetery name, and then City, County, State, and Country. As it turns out, however, the City, County, State, Country sequence that we use to express a location is not really a very good sort key. In almost all cases, when we want to sort burial placenames, we'd rather group the countries first, and then then states, counties, cities, and cemeteries. Therefore, an option to sort by Country, state, county, city, Cemetery has been added.

A third option is to sort by the Associated Place, in which, unlike Cemeteries, has the burial place name, the city, county, state, and country, all in one field.

The three location-related sort options are in a drop-down selection box.

When the user elects to include cemetery burial counts or headstone counts in the search results, either one of those counts (but not both) can also be a sort key, and is always the primary key.

In all, there are nine possible sort orders: 3 options for the 'count' key (burial count, headstone count, none) multiplied by 3 options for the location sort key.

Custom CSS

I really hate to add style rules to genstyle.css because

  • Other mods add dozens (upon dozens) of style rules to genstyle.css, and
  • The rules added by mods are generally needed by only one or two programs.
  • Besides, the more rules there are in genstyle.css, the more likely it is that rules will collide.

So, this mod adds an embedded stylesheet to admin_cemeteries.php, and uses Javascript to re-position it the DOM before the <link> tag that incorporates genstyle.css. Consequently, you can override these style rules just as you would any other style rules in genstyle.css, that is, either by

  • Placing new rules at the bottom of genstyle.css,
  • (generally preferably) Adding new rules to your template's mytngstyle.css, which is in your template's css folder.

The embedded style sheet for this mod can be found by searching for the string <style) in the mod's .cfg file.

Revision History

Mod Version TNG Version Date Note 13 21Dec2020 No new functionality. Prevents a PHP error associated with new line characters at the end of the mod's language files 13 22Nov2020
  • Now flags associated places that are not valid
  • Fixed link to associated places, which now open in a placesearch.php popup.
  • Established a cust_text.php message string to pass the 'languages' mod folder to the Ajax program installed by this mod. 13 20Sep2020

Upgraded to TNGv13 and the standalone Inner Mod Menus and Mod Settings Blocks mods. 12.0+ 26Feb2020 No functional changes, but the infrastructure changes should make it worthwhile to install this version.
  • Moved to a standalone version of the Inner Mod Menu library, installed by its own mod.
  • Moved the cust_text strings into a mod subfolder.
  • Cleaned up some references to undefined variables and subscripts 12.0+ 26Feb2020 No functional changes. Not a critical update unless you use TNGv12.3.
  • Inserted an %end:% tag, as required by TNGv12.3. Also uses v4 of my shared mod libraries. 12.0+ 13Sep2019 The search form and results table are unchanged, though some labels and help text may be different.
  1. Several bug fixes (see the revision history in the .cfg file)
  2. The mod's settings are in a Mod Settings Block at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings>>Robin's Mods]
  3. Added an Inner Mod Menu to admin_cemeteries.php.
  4. If the Field Buttons mod is installed, it must be version 3+
  5. Geocoordinates will be rounded only if version 4+ of Admin Places Geocode is installed. (Older versions shouldn't conflict with this mod. This mod simply won't find the geocoordinate rounding parameter from earlier versions.) 12.0+ 8 May 2018 No functional changes; brought to TNGv12 specs 11.0 - 11.1.2+ 10 Feb 2017 No visible changes
  • All hyperlinks to the TNG Wiki use https
  • Removed a debugging statement that had been left in the code.
  • Added a "don't print on printer" class to the tab menu and innermenu, and the Action and Select columns of the results table.
  • Also no longer uses the external spreadsheet robinmods.css. Instead, the "don't print on printer" class is defined in an embedded stylesheet.
Admin Cemeteries Search v11.0.0.8 11.0 - 11.1.1+ 18 Sep 2017 [Show details]
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  • Small changes
    1. Right-justifies the label column in the search form layout table.
    2. Applies a style class (rrnoprinter) to some elements on the Admin Cemeteries Search page so that they do not print.
    3. Removes dependencies on the DisplayModNames and Blue Info Button mods.ppl
  • The big change... added numerous controls to the search form to
    1. Enable new results table columns,
    2. Filter results in new ways,
    3. Sort the results table,
    4. Reveal which database fields are searched by the text search, and
    5. Control which fields are searched by the search string.

The controls are:

  • 3 checkboxes enable or disable 3 optional columns in the results table. The default checkbox status for each of the 3 checkboxes is controlled by a Mod Parameter
    1. Cemetery Notes (new)
    2. Associated Place (new) - Note that, in databases with more than one tree (and where the trees have separate Places lists), identical places in different tree can all be associated with one cemetery.
    3. Geocodes (which is displayed by the Pristine code).
  • 2 checkboxes enable burial counts and headstone counts, which are displayed in the same column.
  • 3 fields in the search table define a new filter on the results table that uses the new burial count and headstone count. These options are visible only if the Burials or Headstones count are enabled. They let the user specify things like "Omit cemeteries where the burial count < 10". The 3 fields are
    1. A checkbox that actives the filter,
    2. A <select> box of comparison operators,
    3. And a value for the comparison.
  • 2 checkboxes allow the results to be sorted by burial OR headstone counts. (The SQL code just can't handle sorting by both.) The checkboxes that enable sorting by burial count OR headstone count are always visible, but are disabled if the corresponding count checkbox is not checked.
  • A selection box allows the user to sort the results by the Cemetery name, Cemetery location, or associated Burial Place (in combination with the Burial or Headstone count)
  • 2 controls specify whether the two sorting options are ascending or descending. These two controls are hyperlinks that toggle the displayed hyperlink text between '(ASC)' and '(DESC)'
  • 4 "smart" selection boxes focus the search by specifying values for Country, State, County, and City. They are "smart" in the sense that if Country=USA, then the States box only offers States in the USA, and if State=Iowa, then the County box only offers counties in Iowa, etc.
  • A control that is not a form field dynamically displays the list of fields that are searched by the text search. As country, state, county, and/or city values are selected by the location controls, those fields are removed from the list.
  • 2 checkboxes in the list of fields searched by the text search string controls whether two fields are searched:
    1. Maplink - the hyperlink to the Cemetery map or photo image, which was searched by the pristine code, and
    2. Notes, which were not searched by the pristine code
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Admin Cemeteries List v9.2.0.5 9.2.0 - 11.0 21 Mar 2016 Converts new lines to <br> tags in the notes field; Depends on Show Mod Names v2+ Tested for TNGv11
Admin Cemeteries List 9.2.0 - 10.1 31 Dec 2014 Updated for conformance with v10.1; Changed the Geocode column to round the values to 3 decimal places, and eliminate the keywords.
Admin Cemeteries List v9.2.0.1 9.2.0 - 08 May 2014 Initial release.

Sites using this mod

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

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database Robin Richmond Mod developer 13.0.2 English
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site see here see here EN, DE, RU
Total Family History Scott Bennett Private Site (For right now) TNG 10.0.1 EN
Mitchell Families Online Roger Mitchell Very useful mod 10.0.3 EN
The Dutton's of Vermont Darrin Dutton 10.1.0 EN
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady Public site 10.1.1 EN, DE
R G Strong Family Genealogy Russell Strong Public site 12.0.1 EN, DE, FR, NL
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer Public site 11.0.0 NL, EN
Brabantse Genealogie Rob van Rij Public Site 11.0.1 EN,FR,NL
Woking Family Tree Project Pete Smee Public/Private v12.0.0.8c v12.1 English
Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here English
Journeys in Genealogy Patrick Thrush Public WordPress/TNG bundle 12.0.3 English
Our Family Histories Bryan S. Larson Public - T8 customized see here see here EN