News about the new tree is starting to come out.
In order to utilize the new tree feature, you must enable Beta for your account, which you can find under your name in the Settings area.
Be sure to go to the dna-explained.com blog to see Roberta Estes’ thoughts on the tree.
Adoptees must think they’ve died and gone to the happy hereafter, because all other vendors’ tree support requires you to actually HAVE a tree of some description. Of course, adoptees and people seeking an unknown parent don’t have trees for their unknown parents.
The following was written by 23AndMe themselves.
“Your family tree is written in your DNA, and 23andMe researchers have developed an algorithm that can help you read it.
“Instead of relying on customers to painstakingly enter names and dates — or tracking down records — just to get started, 23andMe new Family Tree does it for you using your genetic connections and DNA Relatives.
“With the click of a button, your genetic family tree is built automatically by an algorithm that predicts relationships based the DNA shared between you and your DNA Relatives. The size of your family tree depends on how many connections and DNA Relatives you have close relationships with in the 23andMe database. Participating in 23andMe’s DNA Relatives tool helps improve the experience. Customers will also be able to add names of relatives, or ancestors, to the family tree whether or not those individuals are on 23andMe. As the 23andMe database grows, customers may see their trees expand.
“We created this new feature because we heard from customers who want to understand their recent family history, but don’t want the hassle of building a traditional family tree from scratch. The team is also working on additional functionality, such as the ability to edit your predicted relationships, which is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. 23andMe’s Family Tree offers a simple friction-free option, and a beautiful way to visualize how you connect with DNA Relatives.”