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My Family Health Portrait Tool

The revised version of the "My Family Health Portrait" tool is a Web-enabled program that runs on any computer that is connected to the Web and running an up-to-date version of any major Internet browser. The new version of the tool offers numerous advantages over previous versions, which had to be downloaded to the user's computer.

The Web-based tool helps users organize family history information and then print it out for presentation to their health care provider. In addition, the tool helps users save their family history information to their own computer and even share family history information with other family members. Access the My Family Health Portrait Web tool at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/.

The Surgeon General makes the tool freely available to all users. No user information is saved on any computer of the U.S. federal government. 

When you are finished organizing your family history information, the Family Health Portrait tool will create and print out a graphical representation of your family's generations and the health disorders that may have moved from one generation to the next. That is a powerful tool for predicting diseases for which you may be at risk.  Your health care provider can help you make use of this information.

If you prefer to use a paper version of the tool to gather and record your family information, printable PDFs are available in several languages.