The Acosta Family Information Diagram is a useful visual mapping tool that encompasses the health of family information and depicts a person's family tree, relationships, and history. A genogram outperforms a traditional family tree because it is a detailed schematic design that displays the relationships, hereditary, and behavioral patterns that members of a family share, as well as how these patterns affect family members' lives. Shapes are used to communicate meaning in a genogram. Males are represented by squares, females by circles, and pregnancy is represented by triangles. A death sign is a cross through the shape. Even pets receive a jersey! The shapes start to reveal how many people there are and what gender they are.