The mtDNA Haplogroup K Project was six years old as of January 9, 2012. We now have 2231 members – 2186 from Family Tree DNA and 45 from other companies. That is still slightly more than one new member on average every day of our existence, with 288 new members in the past year. I suspect the recent drop in the new-member rate is due to the Family Finder test (previously women could only take mtDNA tests) and maybe the economy. I do note that we had ten new members in the first nine days of 2012. We are still the second largest mtDNA haplogroup project at FTDNA. Included in the FTDNA total are 762 who first tested through the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project, 70 through FTDNA’s European affiliate iGenea, two from the FTDNA affiliate DNA Worldwide, and one from the FTDNA affiliate AfricanDNA. 1007 of the members have received their full-sequence mtDNA test results (FGS, FMS or Mega), with 10 more orders being processed.

Of the 1194 FGS results from FTDNA submitted to the federal GenBank database as of January 9, 2012, 179 were from haplogroup K customers, all but one of those from the K Project. At least one more submission is pending. Many of the entries on GenBank have been used by the PhyloTree and in scientific papers. A recent example of the latter is the new subclade K1a14, which has two sequences, one added with the scientific paper introducing the subclade – and the other one from an FTDNA customer and K Project member. See the PhyloTree for details.

Another new high-level subclade was the K3 subclade that I announced in October, although no FTDNA customers are in it so far. The recent PhyloTree Build 13 added or revised many K subclades. The next Build should have even more revisions to K subclades. I have provided considerable input for both Builds.

The Google map on our Project website now shows maternal origin location pins for 1110 members. By selecting a Subgroup from the drop-down menu, a very good indication of the maternal origin of any particular subclade may be obtained. I added several new Subgroups in the past year, mostly based on PhyloTree subclade definitions.

K Project members can benefit themselves and the Project by performing one or more of the following items: Upgrade results with the mtDNARefine or FGS (Mega) tests. Add maternal origin pin to Google map. Upload results to MitoSearch. Submit FGS results to GenBank. Reply to FGS notification with your consent, so that results may be used to revise the K tree or possibly other scientific projects. Make sure the K box is checked on your personal page under My Account, Results Display Settings, then “Show My mtDNA Coding Region Mutations to Administrators of these Projects.” Contact your matches and recruit them to the K Project.

Those who have tested at FTDNA as being in haplogroup K are invited to join our Project from your personal pages.

Thanks for your outstanding performance and cooperation these past six years. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

© 2012 William R. Hurst

Administrator, mtDNA Haplogroup K Project