family history


: past occurrences (of a medical or mental health condition) in family members or past incidences (of a type of behavior) by family members
They have a family history of heart disease.
a family history of violence
: a record of one's ancestors
He can trace his family history all the way back to the Pilgrims.

Examples of family history in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the family history — including her late grandmother’s battle with breast cancer — the CNN correspondent was often encouraged by her doctors to get genetic testing. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 The struggle for the new casino is more trouble than Ryan could have imagined, bringing up old mob ties, unknown family history, backstabbings, battles of ego, and plenty of misunderstandings from the rumor mill among Vegas’s major players. Theo Faherty, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 The right age for claiming Social Security benefits will depend on your health, family history, marital status and financial circumstances. Kate Ashford Of Nerdwallet, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024 Those risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, being 60 or older, having a family history of heart disease, being sedentary, or carrying extra weight. Sarah Klein, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Risk factors for melanoma include having lighter skin color, being exposed to UV light, having many moles, having a family history of melanoma and having a personal history of melanoma or other skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Mira Cheng, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 There are endless topics to choose from, such as doing a family history, writing a biography of your child's hero, having your child write about their future self, or crafting a mystery or sci-fi saga. Alesandra Dubin, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 Morrill was well versed in his family history even before a genealogist working for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) came calling in 2021. Giuseppe Ricapito, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 Continuing the family history of entrepreneurship, Cass founded Warner Sisters, a company that developed film and TV projects such as Hopper: In His Own Words (2012). Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024

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“Family history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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