Nine Steps to a Family Health History
Follow these steps to build a health history for your family.
1. Interview family
2. Find death certificates
3. Search for obituaries
4. Examine cemetery and funeral records
5. CHeck mortality schedules
6. Look for insurance records
7. Find military service and pension records
8. Research hospital and other medical records
9. Learn about previous genetic testing in your family
Exploring your family's health history is a lot like digging into genealogy. You still need to know who's who and how they're related. But you also need to discover hereditary health problems and causes of death. Here are nine steps to get started: