I saw this posted on a blog post by Roberta Estes of DNA-Explained and I posted it earlier today – Family Tree DNA’s New Big Y Block Tree — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy. Her blog post is linked in the above post, but you can go directly to it at https://dna-explained.com/2019/01/24/family-tree-dnas-new-big-y-block-tree/.
I didn’t initially check it out as I was in the middle of other things, but here’s a brief blurb once I clicked on the Block Tree icon:
A few things to know:
- Your branch will be represented in white.
- Child branches are represented below their parent branch.
- Sibling branches are represented in line with each other and below their parent branch.
- Private Variant blocks represent mutations that are not shared between any branch members or which have not yet been validated and placed on the Haplotree.
- Aggregated blocks are shown when several branches have been collapsed. These aggregated blocks are shown with an average count representing all available variants below the collapsed branch.
- Origins circles show the average autosomal myOrigins results for the participants on a branch.
- The country flags show the Paternal Country of Origin of the participants on a branch.
I am pretty alone for close relatives on the Block Tree for the most part with the sections divided as follows: I have zero matches (1 – mine), one match (5), and two matches (2). For origins, most of them are zero origins with two having more than zero. One has 8 origins and the other has 17 origins. On countries, the breakdown is zero countries (2), one country (4), two countries (2), and four countries (1).
I found the Big-Y test worth the money. I purchased it during a sale so it wasn’t the current price of $649. The next big sale for this test will probably be during DNA Day – late April.