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Basic information about setting up a website - Hosting Service, TNG genealogy internet software, FTP, and HTML software.

Years ago, in 2005, I saw a family website that I liked. I emailed the webmaster of that site, and found out that they used TNG internet software for their website.

I did not know anything about a server, html, ftp, etc. I purchased TNG, and Simply Hosting installed TNG on the server. I then accessed my site on the internet and figured out how to add myself as a user, name a tree, and then upload a gedcom. Later I figured out how to customize my home page, footer pages, etc. Through the TNG mailing list, forum and wiki; help and ideas are readily available.

This website is constucted using TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding) internet software from:

As of February 2017, the cost of this software is $32.99.

My hosting service is "Simply Hosting" from:

As of February 2017, Simply Hosting will install TNG software on their server for free.

They have various plans, depending upon how much "space" is required for photos, etc.

As of February 2017, the basic plan starts at $4.99 a month (or $49.80 if paid yearly). In addition, the domain name cost is about $12.95 a year.

So, it is about $95 to "start" a TNG website, and about $60 plus dollars a year to maintain it.


This is a link from the TNG site, demonstrating how the administration of the site works:

Per instructions on site, enter demo as both the username and password and then
Press: Login button

Select users: The first thing with a new site is to add yourself as the administrator of the site. Do not assign yourself to any tree.

Select trees: Add new tree.

Select setup: Then select General settings. This is where all the main settings are selected, including restrictions for showing names for living.

Select setup: Then select template settings. This is where one can select from 14 different pre-built templates.

Select import/export: This is how a gedcom is uploaded to the site. (Either from your computer or from the website itself.) (I also, tab to Secondary Processes" and select "Track Lines".)

The website will now be up and functioning.

Additional customizations can always be done to the website.


Also, needed to access the website server is an FTP program. I use FileZilla available for free at:

This is needed to be able to put large amounts of photos files online quickly. Or to upgrade the TNG files on the server. Or if the gedcom becomes too large to upload directly from the home computer.

I also use CSE HTML Validator software to "customize" some of my TNG files:

I used their free version for many years, but then upgraded to a paid version, because I was doing a lot of file customizations.


I used to use FTM (Family Tree Maker) computer software. I discontinued using FTM because, when I view "places" in TNG (from an older FTM gedcom), many things besides actual places are listed. This is because FTM uses a "field" for descriptions and it writes those fields into the gedcom as places. In the newer versions of FTM, another description note was added for events, which helps with the listing of places.

I currently use FH (Family Historian) computer software. I use FH, to have more choices in how to organize my data (can have notes for each event, instead of just one general note per individual); for its ease in standardizing my place names; and because I can link photo/document files (including file descriptions) to FH on my home computer and these links/descriptions carry over to the website.

Note, starting with FH v6: gedcom is now saved as UNICODE. Need to save gedcom as "save as" either ANSI or UFT for import into TNG.

Key Features for Newcomers of FH (Family Historian):

Backing up FH customized settings:
The data folder is C:\ProgramData\Calico Pie\Family Historian\
Family Historian stores its customisations and settings in sub-folders within a system data folder that was created when FH was installed.
The sub-folders hold such items as Custom & Standard Diagram Types (FHD), Fact Sets (FHF), Queries (FHQ), Reports (FHR), Text Schemes (FHT), etc.

Helpful pointers for different desktop genealogy software and how they interact with TNG are available under the heading "Desktop gotchas" on the TNG wiki website at:

Current customizations to this website:

UTF-8 from ISO-8859-1:

I changed the TNG Site and database to UTF-8 charset character, database collation utf8_general_ci using these instructions (note custom_text files must be saved in format UTF-8 with no BOM):


Added Mod: report_options_v10.1.0.0.cfg - Changed File: reports, 3 admin files, and 4 language files


Changed File: showreport - disabled downloading cvs files from Reports

Changed File: favicon - photo icon that shows in web address bar

Changed File: cust_text - customized some standard text

Changed Template 4 Files: index, topmenu (heading, photos and menu bar - rearranged menu items, added spacing, and 2 translators and visitor map); mytngstyle (colors), tngtabs2 (colors), tngmobile (color); Note; information entered into template 4 website form stored in File: templateconfig

(Note: when updating TNG; I must manually update these files with my customizations: showreport. favicon; and from template 4: index, topmenu, tngtabs2, and tngmobile.)

Additional work done with TNG online:

Reports - added standard and custom reports (including descriptions);

Places - automatically geocoded places, and then manually fine tuned some places;

Cemeteries - manually added cemeteries and linked individual headstones to cemetery,

Timeline Events - manually added events and descriptions.

Other administration selections:

Custom Event Types - select what events display or do not display on website by selecting which events to ignore or accept on gedcom import (when selected, then need to re-import gedcom to implement changes) (Note, I privatize some events for individual or couple)

Individuals can be tagged as living or private - so they will not display at all to normal website visitors; and the option exists that selected registered site users could be given permission to view living and/or private individuals

Other websites I maintain: - my father's German/Polish lines; plus other researchers family lines from Portage County, Wisconsin - my husband's colonial lines
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