The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (usually abbreviated to “TNG”) strikes me as an example of the wave of the future for genealogy software. It can be used by one person alone as a personal genealogy program, somewhat similar to RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, Mac Family Tree, Heredis, and other genealogy programs that many of us have installed in our own computers for years. However, as a cloud-based program, it also has the capability to be a genealogy management program for use by groups of people, whether it might be used by two cousins working together on the same family or by a 100 members (or more) of a genealogy society to document all the people with a particular surname or perhaps all the early settlers of a town.
TNG is not one of the better-known genealogy products. Yet everyone I know who uses TNG seems to love the program. Its users seem to be the best cheerleaders for TNG. Just ask any user of TNG. To learn more about The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG), look at http://www.tngsitebuilding.com. To see examples of how others are using the program, look at http://www.tngsitebuilding.com/usersites.php.
Now Darrin Lythgoe, the creator of the Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (“TNG”), has announced a significant new upgrade for the program:
SANDY, UT: A major upgrade for The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (or “TNG”), is now available from Next Generation Software. TNG 11 includes many new charts and features, including the ability to track DNA tests. Existing users can purchase the upgrade at a discount by returning to their previous download page.
This release also includes a new template design, translations for two additional languages (Arabic and Slovak), and dozens of other improvements. These include fan charts, data validation reports, heat maps and the ability to run a Google search on an entire web site.
In a continuing effort to make TNG sites more mobile friendly, several pages and tables have also adapted a more responsive design. Changes have also been made to allow TNG to remain compatible with the latest versions of PHP and MySQL.
For those already running TNG, upgrading to the new version should be fairly easy and should take less than 15 minutes. Helpful videos are also available to walk users through the process and to highlight new features and other processes, but an option also exists to pay for the upgrade to be installed for them.
TNG makes it easy to put your genealogy on your web site in dynamic fashion. It uses a database to store your information, so the pages are created at the time they’re requested. When you want to make a change, you only need to upload your GEDCOM file again, or enter the new facts directly online. TNG also allows you to link photos and other media to the people in your tree. You’re in total control, so you can update your information or customize the look and feel any time you want.
TNG is commercial software ($32.99 USD one-time license fee). In order to run TNG, your web site must support PHP (a programming language) and MySQL (the database). Existing users may upgrade to the latest version online for $14.99 or $16.99, depending on their currently installed version. The first version of TNG was published by Darrin Lythgoe in 2001.