In cleaning out Mom and Dad's bedroom I found the four binders. I also found many slips of paper onto which Mom had written some detail to be added to the database, such as her sister's new grandchild. I don't know yet if all those slips got entered.
And now the database is up to me (unless a sibling wants it, though I don't hear any clamoring). The last entry Dad made was in 2011 and there have been several great-grandchildren born since then, including three born in the month before he died, and a wedding two days after his death. So I added those, though I don't have all the details, such as place of birth.
There was also the marriage of my sister and her wife to add. I went to my sister's record. Her info was on the right side of the screen and space on the left for a husband. I clicked on "add person" and filled in the form. But... the gender toggle was firmly at "M" and the program would not allow me to change it.
So I backed out of that and created a record for an independent person and filled in my sister-in-law's info. I went back to my sister's record and clicked on "marriage." It asked, "Add Husband: add New person or link to Existing person." I chose the existing person button and selected the record I had just created. I got the message "You cannot link a female as a husband."
I did some web searching and finally found a page on the company's website. The page, updated last September, says:
The way the Legacy database is structured, Legacy cannot support same-sex relationships at this time. We are working on this for the next version of Legacy. In the meantime, there is a work-around.That work-around includes buying a Microsoft database program and using it to flip a couple fields (one for my sister, one for a niece). Otherwise I wait for version 9, no release date given.
At the moment I have the basic version of the program. I can enter data, but I can't do most of the interesting stuff, like the chart functions – and compare two databases. That last is of interest because a cousin-in-law of Dad has also been doing significant research, which includes Mom's family. His database is about ten times the size of mine. Though I don't want all of it, I'm sure he has some important records I don't have (and I have some he'll want).
But that means I'll have to buy a product that discriminates against my sister. Or I wait. Maybe years.