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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 181

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Poster Board Number: 181
Title: Family Medical History
Objective: Our objective is to introduce genetic genealogy, the application of genetics to traditional genealogy, focusing on health benefits. Genetic genealogy involves the use of DNA testing to help people find their ancestors, as well as predict their risk for a variety of medical conditions.
Methods: We aim to encourage the creation of family medical histories to help document family patterns that may impact health, such as trends toward specific types of cancer, early heart disease, or even something simple such as skin problems. Compiling a family medical history helps families and their doctors spot family patterns and use the information to assist with diagnosing a medical condition, determine the benefits of preventive measures in lowering specific disease risk, and identifying other at-risk family members. We strive to rekindle community interest in genealogy and encourage families to use the library for cultural, educational, and historic preservation of their family medical history. Our goal is to develop a how-to training DVD series recording live classes that provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a family medical history, and develop a companion workbook to help people start conducting research, preparing their medical family tree, and recording their family medical history.
Results and Conclusions: A workbook was developed that includes a family medical history questionnaire, instructions on how to develop a family medical history and why it is important to know your family medical history. Classes have been developed to provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a family medical history, how DNA contributes to your family medical history, how to chart your family medical history, and how to use the results of your family medical history research to improve your family's health.
Author: Rosalind K. Lett, AHIP, Associate Director, Public Services, Huntsville Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL


Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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