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Genealogy: Searching for Medical Information

Hemophilia in the Royal Family

black indicates hemophilia

white indicates no signs of hemophilia

Genogram: A Visual Tool

A genogram is one tool for recording your information:
  • A diagram that depicts family relationships
  • Also called family health history tree, medical pedigree, medical family tree
  • Can be used for many purposes
  • Useful for spotting patterns

Create a key to explain your chart.

Disease/condition examined

Tailor it to your specific needs

Genogram for Tracking Multiple Conditions

Create a key to explain your chart.

This method uses a portion of the box or circle to indicate the disease/condition. Could display more than one condition.

Search Vital Records

Old Names for Diseases and Condition

Diseases have been known by many names. Tuberculosis is also known as:

  • Consumption
  • Phthisis
  • White Plague
  • Scrofula

You will need sources for interpreting old names for diseases, causes of death, etc.

Genogram: Tracking One Condition

This method uses the entire circle or box.