24 January 2013

Genealogy and Family Health History Go Hand-in-Hand!

There is a new family health history tool, My Family Health Portrait, from the surgeon general in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Genealogists and family historians are in an enviable position when filling out this new tool.  We have probably collected death certificates and/or obituaries for several generations, including collateral lines!  For us, it just becomes a matter of entering the data.

A nice feature of this tool is that you can “share” your history with a family member so that they can use the “common” information as a starting point for their own family health history.  This can be really helpful for siblings, children, cousins, nieces/nephews, where there is overlap in the family tree.

Source: http://www.phrstoday.com/my-family-health-portrait.html 
Looking around, I found a site, PHR Reviews which mentions many other health history and/or health records software/apps/services which might have more relevance to your particular situation.

Though, if you are looking for an easy-to-use tool to capture the highlights for your family’s health history, assuming it’s not too complicated, the new tool by the surgeon general might be a great place to start!

Have you documented your family’s health history? Besides the value to you and your living extended family, has doing this helped you research your ancestors?

Editor’s Note: National Family Health History Day is Thanksgiving of each year.  As one gathers with family, this holiday is always a good time to have this information available and current!  Though, don’t wait until Thanksgiving to gather this information!

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