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How to Create a Genogram

Creating a genogram is easy, you must first download GenoPro.

Steps to create a genogram:

1.  Insert individuals. You can insert an individual by clicking on the New Male or New Female buttons at the top, by right-clicking on the GenoMap and selecting New Male or New female, or also by using the shortcut letters W and E. Once the first person is entered, you may use other buttons to enter individuals who are related to that person, such as new parents , new mate , new daughter or new son .
Tip: You can also insert a whole nuclear family at once by clicking on the Family Wizard button and typing in the name of the father, the mother and the children in the appropriate location.

2. To place individuals in the right location on the tree, right-click on the individual, and select: Link as child, Link as parent, or Link as mate. This will provide you with a line that you must link to the other person who is the parent, child or mate of the first individual. You can also use the same buttons in the toolbar by selecting the two related individuals. If your family tree is a little bit messy, try the AutoArrange button. It will take into consideration the family links and place individuals in the correct place.

3. Once the symbol is entered, double-click on it and enter the relevant information you have on that individual such as names, birth date, education, occupation, contact information, etc. Once you are done, click on OK and do the same for every individual in your tree.

4. Add new social relationships by including other individuals who may have played an important role in the family, such as a nanny, a close friend, a secret lover, etc. Right-click on a new individuals and select New Social Relationship . This will provide you with an arrow that you must link to another individual. Once that is done, click on the arrow to define the nature of the relationship. Select one from the drop-down menu and customize it with a new color or line pattern.

5. Add new emotional relationships between members of the family or members at large.  Right-click on an individual, select New Emotional Relationship, and then choose one of the listed relationships. Again select the other individual to whom this relationship applies.

6. You can customize the look of the display of each person by clicking on the display tab in the individual's property window as seen above. Here, you can change the colors of the symbols, the text, the outline, the fill or the labels. This can be useful to identify the person around which the tree is centered, such as yourself, or your client.

7. Continue to add new individuals and new relationships until your tree reflects the reality of your family. Your genogram should be a colorful representation of who you are!

Next: View a Genogram Example



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