SmartDraw is the easiest way to make genograms. Start with a genogram template that already has a basic relationship diagram started for you with a generic family: husband, wife, daughter, and son. Next, either add more family members using the genogram symbol library provided or delete or modify the template. SmartDraw's automatic tools will make sure all the elements of your family research diagram remain perfectly aligned and arranged, so that you can see relationships clearly.
Once your genogram is complete, you can export it to any Microsoft Office® product or save it as a PDF and share it online with colleagues or family members.
A genogram is a unique type of family research diagram. It not only records family members and their relationships to each other, but also many of their physical and physiological attributes by utilizing an elaborate system of symbols. For example, the lines between individuals may represent emotional relationships, or the shapes representing individuals may be colored differently to indicate the presence of a disorder or similar medical issue. In a genogram, female family members are represented by circles and males by squares.
A genogram can be very helpful in determining an individual's probability of inheriting a certain characteristic or disease.