The mtDNA Haplogroup K Project was seven years old as of January 9, 2013. We now have 2,662 members, mostly from Family Tree DNA. (It is getting increasingly difficult to determine the source of membership; some of our members have tested with three different companies.) That is more than one new member on average every day of our existence, with 431 new members in the past year – our best year ever. We remain the second largest mtDNA haplogroup project at FTDNA. Included in the FTDNA total are 862 members who first tested through the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project (including a few from the new Geno 2.0 test), 76 through FTDNA’s European affiliate iGenea, two from the FTDNA affiliate DNA Worldwide, 10 transferees from 23andMe or AncestryDNA, and two from the FTDNA affiliate AfricanDNA. 1,264 of the members have received their full-sequence mtDNA test results (FMS or Mega), with 19 more orders being processed.

Of the 1,343 FMS results from FTDNA submitted to the federal GenBank database as of January 9, 2013, 208 were from haplogroup K customers, all but one of those from the K Project. A similar percentage of the 4,222 sequence sent to GenBank by Dr. Behar last April were from K. Many of the entries on GenBank have been used by the PhyloTree and in scientific papers.

The Google map on our Project website now shows maternal origin location pins for 1,351 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 many new Subgroups in the past year for a total of 121. FTDNA recently upgraded many of us to subclade designations based on the PhyloTree Build 14, but the Subgroups are at the Build 15 level.

K Project members can benefit themselves and the Project by performing one or more of the following items: Upgrade results with the mtDNARefine test or preferably the FMS (Mega) test. Add maternal origin pin to Google map. Upload results to MitoSearch. Submit FMS results to GenBank. Reply to FMS notification or survey 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 seven years. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

© 2013 William R. Hurst

Administrator, mtDNA Haplogroup K Project