The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building 9

Although it had a soft launch at RootsTech 2012, it is not officially available – that’s right, The eagerly awaited The Next Generation of Genealogy Suite Building 9.

TNG is an online and fully-interactive genealogy database/program. Powered by PHP and MySQL, it can act as a stand-alone database or application that you can use to build a family tree from the ground up, complete with documents, images, photos, etc., or you can import your genealogy information through a GEDCOM file. It can be integrated with WordPress. While older versions can integrate with Joomla and Drupal, I do not believe newer versions work with either of those CMSes just yet.

Changes in TNG 9
* Most style elements have been redesigned/restyled for a more modern look.
* Three new templates added, along with older templates being updated
* Performance increased through changes with graphics displays and other functions
* Social media has been integrated should you wish to enable it (Facebook, etc.)
* Timeline feature has been improved
* Google Maps functionality upgraded to use the latest Google Maps engine. As a result, a developer key is no longer required.
* Geocoding is fully integrated – new places are automatically geocoded, and existing locations can be geocoded in batches.
* “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) content editor for histories and other elements.
* Better media handling and sorting to organize and display images and other media (Census, documents, etc.)
* Citation function is easier and more streamlined
* New user rights/privileges in regards to living and private and treating them as distinct groups
* Easier to add third party customizations (“mods”) through the Mod Manager

For more information about all of the changes, see the Full list of changes in TNG 9 at Lythgoes.net (official website).

You can view both the public and administrator demonstrations here (official website). You can also read through the TNG forums (TNGForum.us) for an idea of what people are doing with it.

For a new version, it’s $32.99 US, but there is upgrade pricing – check the TNG website for details.

Links:
* Purchase/information about TNG 9

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