Modernizing Genealogical Software for Inclusive Family Histories
Genealogical software has played a pivotal role in documenting family histories, but the evolution of family constellations has outpaced the capabilities of most applications. In this blog post, we’ll explore the current state of genealogical software, focusing on same-sex relationship documentation and the need for inclusive features.
As of now, some desktop programs still lack functionality for documenting same-sex relationships. Notably, Agelong, Lifelines, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), and Genbox Family History do not allow the linking of two people of the same sex into a relationship. I downloaded the free trial version of Agelong by Genery and confirmed that two men cannot be joined together. The men are only given the option of having a wife. Lifelines and Genbox ceased development in 2007, making them obsolete for modern users. PAF discontinued its software in 2013.
Online platforms such as Ancestry.com and FindMyPast set positive examples by offering sex-neutral interfaces for adding spouses, seamlessly accommodating same-sex partnerships without warnings or suggestive icons.