The latest 2018 release is available now.

Kiwitrees version 3.3.4 released

The latest release of Kiwitrees is now available from the downloads page at

For hosted clients, your sites will be upgraded within the next day or two.

As you know from previous newsletters, most of my attention is now on kiwitrees-nova, the next major new version of kiwitrees. Hopefully, that will be released early in 2019. Meanwhile, updates to the current version will be like this latest one - generally for security updates, bug fixes, and only minor improvements.

In reality, even kiwitrees-nova has had very little attention from me recently. My wife and I have been away for some time, visiting relatives in the UK. A fantastic opportunity we don't get to do nearly often enough. But we are home now, and back into action. So expect to see more activity over the coming months.

Although none of the changes in this release or major, I do recommend you check out the "Changes list" to see what is new, improved, and fixed. There are still a couple of handy developments there.


A hot topic throughout the internet in the earlier months of this year was the new European rules on privacy and websites, known widely as "GDPR".

Its only been raised as a query for kiwitrees by a couple of people, which is, in my view, a good sign. But still, it is an important issue, so well worth a couple of comments here.

First, I am not a lawyer, and neither do I have any expertise in European privacy rules or any other countries for that matter. Nor do I have access to anyone who is. So anything said here must be treated with extreme caution. If the issue matters to you personally, and your website, I strongly advise you obtain professional guidance from those who know best in your country. If they recommend changes that cannot already be accommodated by kiwitrees, then talk to me. I will do my best to help.

However, in any country's privacy rules I have looked at, there are some simple, reasonable, common issues:
  • Privacy is generally about living people, so is of little concern to family history researchers such as most of us (see this page for FindMyPast's similar view on this).
  • You should only store information about living people that is necessary, nothing more.
  • People should know what information you keep, and be able to request you remove it if they want to.
  • It is common in most countries for genuine research projects, like genealogy, to be exempt from much of the wider privacy concerns.
I believe that any kiwitrees-based web site, configured with the default privacy settings, or greater, can be shown to respect these basic principles.
Also, if your country requires more, such as policy statements, notices on user registration forms, etc, then kiwitrees has tools built in to accommodate that. Tools (modules) such as FAQs, Pages, and Extra Menus, plus configurable "Welcome texts" on user registration pages.

A forum topic has been started for this subject "General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)". Use that to discuss this further, and add your thoughts and ideas.