Creating a Family Health History

Frequently Asked Questions

11. Are there any tools I can use to help me create my family health history?

Free Tools

Free print and online tools can help you create a family health history. One tool is 'My Family Health Portrait' from the U.S. Surgeon General. It helps organize your family health history information. The following instructions describe how to use the print and online versions of this tool.

Print Version

You can download and print out the print version of 'My Family Health Portrait' seen here and use it to record information about your family's health. Once you fill in the information, you can keep it for your records, share the completed form with your health care professional, or share it with family members. You can also refer to it as you enter information into the online version of 'My Family Health Portrait.'

Click here for the print version of 'My Family Health Portrait.'

Online Version

The online version of 'My Family Health Portrait' seen here will organize your information into a chart that resembles a family health history tree. Information that you submit to the online version of 'My Family Health Portrait' stays private. It is not shared with the government or anyone else. It is best to gather information about your family health history beforehand so that you will have it easily available when you need to enter it.

Click here for the version of 'My Family Health Portrait' that is maintained online.

You can also just use a blank sheet of paper to draw your own family health portrait.