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Who should I include in my family history?
This is easy for many people, and harder for some.
The basic answer is that you should keep family history on all those people in your immediate family. Many doctors wish only to see immediate family by birth, unless there are illnesses that they need to track. The immediate family would include your parents, siblings, grandparents.

If there are illnesses that doctors wish to track they may ask for uncles, aunts and first cousins. It often does not go any further unless a doctor asks for a particular reason. For example, if you had a rare disorder, your doctor may wish all the information you can give, in order to begin to see hereditary patterns. Occassionally, environmental patterns can also show through extensive family histories.

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