FTDNA kit numbers

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Family Tree DNA began accepting orders in March 2000. Kit numbers 1 and 2 for the surname Nitz can be found in the Wirth DNA Project which explores the Jewish cluster of haplogroup J2a4b1.[1] Kit nos. 9 and 10 are in the Greenspan DNA Project.

The Mumma DNA Project was the first surname project at FTDNA and was started in April 2000. Early Mumma kit numbers follow the format M-01, M-02 with the highest such number recorded in the project being M-34.

As the FTDNA kits are issued sequentially the kit numbers can serve as a guide to the date when the kit was ordered. Note, however, that project administrators will often order kits in a sale. These kits can sometimes be sent to the participant many months or even years after the order was placed. In addition, people who order tests for themselves will sometimes delay for a considerable time before returning the kit. There are also some people who order a test but never complete the process.

The information on this list has been provided by members of the ISOGG Group Administrators' Mailing List.

Milestones

The following table shows the actual date or approximate date when various kit number milestones were reached.

Milestone Closest kit number Date kit mailed/ordered Date kit returned Project
1 1
2
 ? March 2000
 ? March 2000
Wirth DNA Project
Wirth
50 44
66
6 May 2000
22 May 2000
R1a
Jewish
100
150 155 7 September 2000 Devine
200 214 9 December 2000 Barrett
500 512 19 December 2001 Carpenter Cousins
1,000 1003 14 June 2001 mtDNA haplogroup K
2,000 2005 31 January 2001 2 March 2002 Rose
3,000 3131 13 May 2002 mtDNA haplogroup K/Hurst
4,000 4190 22 July 2002 mtDNA haplogroup K
5,000 4897 16 December 2002 mtDNA haplogroup U4
6,000 5983
6060
12 November 2002
15 November 2002
Carpenter Cousins
Carpenter Cousins
7,000 7181 19 January 2003 Davenport
8,000 7894
8026
-
24 February 2003
5 March 2003
-
mtDNA haplogroup U4
Carpenter Cousins
9,000 8775
9045
-
4 April 2003
4 April 2003
11 April 2003
mtDNA haplogroup U4
Hamilton
10,000 10000 14 May 2003[2] Not known
20,000 19929
20259
29 March 2004
4 April 2004
Carpenter Cousins
Carpenter Cousins
25,000 24990
-
24 August 2004
-
Carpenter Cousins
-
30,000 30118 16 January 2005 mtDNA haplogroup U4
40,000 39993
40090
-
12 July 2005
20 July 2005
-
mtDNA haplogroup U4
mtDNA haplogroup K
50,000 50003
50021
28 March 2006
1 January 2006
R1a
mtDNA haplogroup K
60,000 60305 7 April 2006 Davenport
70,000 70003 5 August 2006 Davenport
80,000 80194 21 December 2006 Carpenter Cousins
90,000 89991
90030
16 April 2007
25 April 2007
Rayburn DNA Project
R1a
100,000 100073 23 August 2007 mtDNA haplogroup K
150,000 150111 14 April 2009 mtDNA haplogroup U4
200,000 200000 17 February 2011[3] Not known
250,000 250110 16 July 2012 31 July 2012 Hamilton
300,000 300198 21 July 2013[4] Adoption
350,000 352405 12 July 2014 Devon
400,000 399656
400045
27 January 2015
30 January 2015
Goff
Wheeler
450,000
500,000

See also

DNA blogger Debbie Kennett suggests that Family Tree DNA kit numbers, in combination with partner company kit numbers, can be used to provide a rough estimate of the number of customers at FTDNA. Through different sources, she estimated that about 565,000 customers around the world have been served by FTDNA. See her 20 January 2015 blog post What is the current size of the consumer genomics market?

Partner kit numbers

The kits of customers who have tested with one of FTDNA's partners or who have used the third-party transfer process are preceded with the following letter codes:[5]

  • A - African DNA
  • B - Y-DNA or autosomal DNA results from other testing companies such as 23andMe or AncestryDNA (Y-DNA only).
  • E - iGENEA
  • H - DNA Heritage
  • M - DNA Ancestry & Family Origin, FTDNA's Middle Eastern associate
  • N - National Geographic Genographic Project
  • U - DNA Worldwide, FTDNA's UK associate
  • V - Jewish Voice

References

  1. Blankfeld M. About Family Tree DNA Kits #1 and #2 Genealogy DNA Rootsweb mailing list, 26 January 2005.
  2. Facts and Genes 2 June 2003, Volume 2, Issue 5
  3. This is the actual date the milestone was achieved. See the [https://www.facebook.com/FamilyTreeDNA/posts/152300304826857 discussion on FTDNA's Facebook page. Kit no. 200013, ordered on 17 February 2011, is in the Ruffle DNA Project.
  4. Actual date when kit was ordered.
  5. Canada RA. What do the different letters on my project members' kit numbers mean? Family Tree DNA Learning Center, 25 October 2013.