Two Family History sites

August 13, 2008

The US government is providing a site to track your family history – soon to be essential in the coming age of genomics and genetics, https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/.  There is also a commercial site, MyFamilyHistory, which provides some of the same services. This one is “a privately-held personal genomics and health analytics company” with an unclear business model. Both have privacy statements but one must wonder about the public’s trust and acceptance of such sites, perhaps especially adding your whole family’s health information to a government website.

However, both provide a helpful services. In the future, integration with PHRs or Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault would provide a more comprehensive offering.

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