Zamagurie Region DNA Project for Former Spis County Eastern Slovakia and Poland Border Villages
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CURRENT NUMBER OF PROJECT MEMBERS: 125
MEMBER SPONSORSHIP: Our project is strictly non-profit. Y-37, combination Y-37 & mt-DNA plus, or mt-DNA plus tests have been sponsored in part or in whole by generous Zamagurie Project Members. Where no specific surname was designated, the monetary sponsorship was selected at the Group Administrator's discretion for the benefit of the project members. Contributions to the project may also be made through FT-DNA's General Fund Contributions and will be used to sponsor testing overseas. Thank you!
Paid genealogical services are now available.
Sponsored Surnames / Polish Spisz Villages:
BUDZ / Czarna Hora
BUDZ / Gron
TARZIK / Frydman
SKVAREK / Nowa Biala
TRZOP / Lapsanka
SOLTYS / Unknown
FUNKE / Trybst & Niedzica
Sponsored Surnames / Spisske Spisz (Slovak Spis) Villages:
HANESCAK / Wysny Ruzbachy
VODZAK / Dravce
KALAFUT / Rudnany (Kotterbach - Olsse)
SHOLTIS / Unknown
KOSTYAK / Lendak
Additional contributions were donated for general use as a thank you for work / research / questions answered. Thank you!
FILE STATISTICS FOR THE ZAMAGURIE/ SPIS COUNTY DATABASE:
CURRENT (6 June 2012)
Number of Individuals: 31,660 (Up from 26,965 )
Marriages: 10,466 (Up from 9,063)
Number of Surnames: 3,822 (Up from 3,312)
Total No. of Generations: 22
CURRENT DATABASE SURNAME LIST (Sept 31 2009)
ADAMECZ, ADAMCSIK, ADAMCYK, ALMASSY, AMBROTOVSKI, ANTOL,ARBAN, ARDRENCIK
BABIAK, BABIAN, BABIS, BABON, BABONY, BABYAK, BACHLEDA,BACHNIATKA, BACHNYAK, BACSA, BACSIK, BAJTOS, BAKA, BAKSA, BALARA, BALARYA, BANKOS, BARLYAK, BARDA, BARNAS, BARTKOVSKY, BASSIA, BASISZTA, BATOR, BEDNAR, BEDNARCIK, BENDIK, BIELYAK, BIERNEK, BIEROS,BIES, BIGOS, BILYAK, BINIEK, BIRDA, BIROS, BIROSSEK,BIZSAK, BIZUB, BLAHUT, BLASCAK, BLASKOV, BLASOSSEK, BLAZON, BOGASCIK, BOHENIC, BOLCAR, BOLCAROVITS, BOMBARA, BORDIGA, BOORITCH, BORONY, BOROVSKY, BQBENEK, BRAVIAK, BRICZEK, BRIJA, BRIJAK, BRINSKA, BRISZEK, BRITANJAK, BRODKAR, BRODOVSZKY, BRONSZKY, BROZENIECZ, BRUDNYAK, BRYJA, BRYJEZAK, BRYNCZKA, BRYNIARSCKI, BRZANA, BRZEGOWSKA, BRZONKA, BUCKO, BUC, BUCZAK, BUDC, BUDZ, BUEHN, BUNDA, BURA, BURDEK, BUTSEK, BUTSIN, BUZEK,BYLYNA,BZIENEK
CARNAGURSKY, CEBULA, CEKUS, CELUSIAK, CENCAK, CHALUPKA, CHARNIK, CHERNISKY, CHMIEL, CHOVANIEC, CHROBAK, CHRUSCIK, CHUDATSEK, CHURAN, CHURILLA, CHYSNY, CIELUSIAK, CLARUS, CSAJKA,CSAREK,CSIPP, CSELUSSAK, CSEMBA,CSENCSAK, CSERNIK, CSIPTA, CSLAVAE, CSONGLA, CSONGVA, CSUPKA, CVENGROS, CZAREK, CZARNAGURSKY, CZELUSIAK, CZEMBA, CZENCZULA,CZERNECZKY, CZIGLAK, CZIGLYAK, CZONGLA
DABRAZSKI, DABROVSKA, DANIELSCAK, DANKO DEMSTO,DEMSZKY,DEPTA, DERMA, DEVERA, DIDZO, DIRCON, DLUGHI, DOBOS, DOMALYAK, DOMIAN, DQBROSKI, DQBROWSKI, DRESCHER, DUBROWSKI, DRONZEK, DUBENBA, DUDA, DUDASKO, DUDASZ, DUDCSAK, DUDEK, DUDZ, DUDZAK, DUDZJAK, DRUSSNIAK, DVORNICZKY, DVORTSAK, DZADONION, DZIADKOVICZ, DZIALEK, DZIANUS, DZIDO, DZIUBAS, DZSADONY, DZUBANKA, DZUBURAJAK, DZURNG
FABIAN, FALSTINSZKY, FALTYN, FEKETE, FELONG, FELYONGH, FENICK, FEREK, FERENCZEK, FERKO, FINDANGO, FIEDOR, FIGEL, FINDURA, FIREK, FISCHER, FOPUSKY, FRACZEK, FRAGU, FRANASKAY, FRANKO, FRANKOVIC, FRANKOVITS, FRANKOVICZ, FRANKOVSZKY, FRONC, FRONCOVA, FRONCZ, FRONCZEK, FRONKOV, FRYBICH
GAJOFSKY, GAL, GALA, GALOWOVIA, GALLIK, GALLO, GALOVIC, GALLOVITS, GALLUSS, GALYOROVICZ, GANCSAR, GANCSARCSIK, GARNIK, GAVENDA, GAWEL, GAZDECKA, GAZDURA, GBEQB, GECZASZEK,GELATA, GELATKA, GELATA, GELYATA, GELYATKA, GEMZA, GIBLAK, GIL, GLOD,GLODZIAK, GLOVANDZIAK, GLOWACZ, GNIDA, GOGOLYA, GOLA, GOLDINYAK, GOMBOS, GONDEK, GONSOREK, GORECZKA, GORILOVIA, GORILOVIC, GORILY, GORLICKY, GORLISZKY, GORYL, GRABOWSKI, GROBOSKI, GRANYDA, GREB, GREBOWEIC, GREHIN, GRELUM,GRESLYAK, GRIBEK, GRIBLYAK, GRIGLYAK, GROHOLYA, GRONKA, GRONKOVSKY, GRONSKA, GRONSKY, GRUCZKA, GRYGLYAK, GRYWALDSKI, GRZONKA, GURBISIONKA, GURCSAK, GURCAK, GURCZAK, GURECZKA, GURKA, GURNIK, GUROVITS, GURSCAK, GURUSS, GUZIK
HAASZ, HABER, HABNIAK, HADOROWICZ, HADZIMA, HAGOVSKY, HALADYNA, HALLAS, HALUPKA, HANACSIK, HANDZELEK, HANECAK, HANUSCHAK,HARENZA, HARMAN, HARNIK, HARONOWICZ, HASOVJ, HASCICEK, HASZIELEK, HAVENKA, HAVJAR,HEINZL,HELDAK, HELDOK,HENDRIK,HERCSKO,HEYER,BIBBARD,HILLA, HIZNY,,HLAVACS, HLAVACZ, HLAVATS, HMEL, HOFFMAN, HOLOVA,HOMZA, , HORNICAK, HORNICZAK, HORNIK, HORNYK,HORNYIK, HOROBA, HOSAR, HOTALA, HOVANDA, HOVANIAK, HOVYAK, HOZZA, HREBYK, HROBAK, HUDACZEK, HUDAK, HURD, HUSSI, HUTNIK
IGLAR, IGLYAR, IRCHA
JABROVSKY, JADEMECZ, JAKUBIAK, JAKUBOVSZKY, JANCO, JANCZAGA, JANKOVICZ, JANNOSSIK, JANOS, JANOSZ, JANTKOV, JANTUSSAK, JANUS, JANUSIEWICZ, JAROS, JASENOSIK, JASICNICA, JASIGTEK, JASINA, JASNAK, JASSENSKI, JASSONTECK, JASYNYAK, JENYIK, JAVORSKY, JELEN, JENDRUSSAK, JERDONEK, JESENSKY, JESERBA, JEZERSKY, JEZERSZKY, JEZIERCZAK, JORCZAGA, JOSESSEK, JURGOVSKY, JURKOVA, JURKOWSKI, JURSCAK
KACZMARCIK, KACPRZAK,KACSER, KACUR, KACZUR, KAJM, KALAFUT, KALANIK, KALASAY,KALATA, KALONOWSKI, KALUSZNY, KALYABER KALYATA, KALVINEK, KANIA, KAPALCIK, KAPALKA, KAPOLKA, KAPOLK0,KAPUSCSAK, KARBONICK, KAREOKOWSKI, KARKOS, KARKOSKA, KARNAFEL, KARUSEWICZ, KASCMARTSIK, KASISKY, KASISZKY, KASMARCSIK, KASNAREK, KASPERCAK, KASPRZCK, KAVA, KAZYCKA, KBRNYCKI, KEDZUCH,KERESZTURSATOR, KERNOSCEK, KERNOZSAK, KICSINA, KIKLJA, KIRAN, KISAK, KISKA, KISSKA, KLAJA, KLAPAC, KLAPACZ, KLARUS, KLENSCAK, KLEMSCAK, KLIMEK, KLIMSCAK, KLOTNYA, KLUKASZOWSIAN, KLUKOSOVSKY, KLUPAC, KLUPACS, KNUSELSKY, KNOPCSIK, KNUTEL, KOCON, KOCUR, KOCZAR, KOCZUR, KOGUT, KOHUT, KOLANOVSKY, KOLASA, KOLEK, KOLENKOVA, KOLLATACS, KOLLEK, KOLODJIEZ,KOMALEVICZ, KOMINYAK, KOONTZ, KOPACZKA, KOPASCKA, KOPALKA, KOPUSSAK, KORKOS, KORKOSZ, KORNIG, KORNYCKI, KORPALA, KORUSSAK, KORSALLA, KORUSSAK, KORVALLUV, KOSCIELNIAK, KOSCZEK, KOSSUTH, KOTSAK, KOSZTKA, KOSTYAK, KOTZUR, KOVAC,KOVAL, KOVALLY, KOVALCZIK, KOVALCZYK, KOVALTSIK, KOVALICK, KOVALKA, KOVALSCIK, KOWALCZYK, KOZAK, KOZAREK, KOZUB, KOZUBB, KRAK, KRAVONTKA, KRAVRSIK, KREMPASKY, KRISCKI, KRISSAK, KRISSANDA, KRISSEK, KRISTOFFEK, KROLL,KROLLY, KROMKA, KRON, KRULY, KRULLY,KRZYSIEK, KUBASSEK,KUBICAK, KUBIK, KUCHAR, KUCHTA,KUDZIEL, KUHAR, KULATH, KULICK, KULKOSOVAN, KULOMBER, KULTON, KULYSONY,KUNA,KUNDLYA, KUPCA, KURCALA, KURNATH, KURNYAVA,KUROPTAVA, KURSALA, KURSELY, KURUC, KURUCZ, KURSELY, KURZSELY, KUSIAK, KUSMIERCIK, KUSMIRA, KUSPRALY, KUSTWAN, KUSZCZAK, KUTARYNYA, KUZIEL
LACH, LAPAZANICKI, LAPKA, LAPSANSZKY, LAPUSNIAK, LAS, LASKOVSKY, LATH,LAUFIK, LAUSIK, LAZOR, LEDUC, LEJAVA, LESNICZKY, LEZUNDAK, LICHANI,LIPTAK, LITMAN, LITVIN, LJABISZ, LOCKEN, LOJEK, LOKUSAK, LOPATA, LOPUSNIAK, LORENCZ, LORETNROVITS, LQTOWSKA, LUBENDA, LUBERDS, LUKAS, LUKASZCYK, LUKUS, LUMINII, LYACH, LYTOWSKA
MACEJAK,MACIERJAK, MASCUGA,MACSULIENSEK, MACSURA, MACURA, MACSURAK, MADEJA, MAGERA, MAJER, MAJERCSAK, MAIGIER, MAJGIER, MAJKFUTH, MAJKOVITZ, MAKOVSKY, MALARCIK, MALECKI, MALECZ, MALEY, MALIK, MALINARIC, MALINAY,MAMOLA, MANTUGA, MANYAK, MARHEFKA, MARKOVIC, MARKOVICS, MARKOVICZ, MARKOVITS, MARKOVSKY, MARTANCSIK, MASANOG, MASCURAK, MASKALYA, MASCUGA, MASCURA, MASCURAK, MATIASOVSKY, MATONEK, MATONOG, MATUSCEK, MATUSSEK, MATZ, MAZUR, MAZUREK, MENDRALYA, MERCSAK, MICHALECZ, MICHNA, MIHALEC, MIHALIAK, MIHROVED, MIKULA, MIKUS, MILANIAK, MILANYAK, MILLYON, MIRDEK, MISCOVICZ, MISCOVITS, MISLEVIC, MIZICHO, MLINARCSIK, MLYNARCZYK, MODLA, MOGILSZKY, MOLITORIS, MONDEL, MONDELY, MONDLAK, MONDOK, MORAVCZINCZSKY, MOROHEK, MOS, MOSS, MRAS, MRASZ, MROVEC, MROVECZ, MROZ, MRUGALKOVA
NAEPAUER, NALEPKA,NEDOROLSCIK,NEDOROSSIK,NIEDOROSESIK, NIEDUELSKI, NEMECZ, NEUPAUER, NIKOLEASIK, NOGA, GOGACSEK, NOVAJOSKY, NOVAK, NOVOROLNIK, NOVOROLSKY, NOWABILSKI, NOWABILSKY, NUDO.
OBLAZNY, OBLIZIONKA, OKAVITZ, OLEAR, OLEJAR, OLEJARCYK, OLENIAK, OLENYAK, OLESAK, OLEZARCSIK, OLKAVICZ, OPRENDEK, OPREZDEK, ORAVECZ, ORGANISCAK, OVCARIK, OVSANY, OVSONKA
PACIGA, PACKA, PACZIGA, PALKA, PALUCH, PARA, PAROBCZY, PARZICK, PACSYKA, PASTIRTSIK, PAVLAK, PAVLIAK, PAVLICZA, PAVLICZKA, PAVLIK, PEKAR,PEKARSCIK, PEMCAK, PEMPTSAK, PENXA, PETRAS, PETRASZ, PETRASSEK, PIATEK, PICHNARTSIK, PIKNOS, PIETRUS, PIONTEK, PIRCHALLA, PIRHALA, PISARCIK, PISARCZYK, PITEK, PITONIAK, PITTEK, PIVOVARTSIK, PLEVA, PLOSEZICZA, PLUCSINSKY, PLUTA, PODLINSKY, PODLIPINI, PODPAROPCY, POGORELECZ,POGWIST, POJEDENIEC, POJMA, POJONYA, POLAK, POLANSKY, POLTORAK, POLYAK, POLYARSZKY, POMPA, POPUCHAY, POSYLYAK, POTANKO, POTOCZAK, POTRAWA,POYDENCE, POYONRA, PRELICH, PRIBIS, PUDLEINER, PUKANSKY, PUSTOLKA, PUTNIK, PUXFSKY, PYONK, PYRCHALA, PYTEL, PZDEK, PZKLINAR
RAAK, RADECKY, RAFAS, RAK, RAKAY, RATTAU. RAZNUCZJTM REGEC. REGECZ, REIS, REMINIAK, REMSING, REMYASZ, REPISCAK, REPKA, RESCIAK, REZNICZKY, RICHTER,RICHWALSKY, ROLDSACK, ROXER, RUSNACZYK, RUSNAK, RUSNAYAK, RUSIN, RUSSIN, RUSZNAK, RZEPSESAK, RZYCHTARCZYK, RZADKOSZ, RZEPSEKSAK
SALAMON, SARAPATA, SARNA, SASKA, SASSKIEWIECZ, SATALA, SAX, SCEHOVISSOT, SCERBA, SCHEFSSIK, SCHEKOVICS, SCHILONG, SCHLEGAL, SCHOLCZ, SCULITI, SCUREK, SEFCSIK, SELIGA, SENARI, SERILLA, SHOLTIS, SIEDMIORKA, SIKORJAK, SILANY, SIPTOS, SIRAK, SISKA, SISKOVICS, SJOVA, SKLERARST, SKORUPA, SKOTNICKI, SKOVINA, SKRUPIAK, SKUPIN, SKURKA, SKVAREK, SLEBODA, SLESZAK, SLOVIK, SKOVIRA, SMELKOVICZ, SMETANA, SMITKA, SOBECZKY, SOBUSS, SOJA, SOKOL, SOLISS, SOLTIS, SOLTYS, SOLUS, SOLLUS, SOSKA, SOVA, SPERNOGA, SPILKA, SROMOVSZKY, STANEK, STANZINA, STASIK, STEFANIAK, STEFANYAK, STEPHANY, STOLARCSIK, STOSLOSA, STRACZEK, STRISOVSKA, STRONCZEK, STZANEK, SUBISSAK, SUSTER, SUTEK, SVEC, SVECZ, SVIENTY SWIENTY, SWIDER, SZALGOVICS, SZANKO,SZARNYOK, SZASKA, SZATALA, SZATOVA, SZEKULA, SZELENCZAK, SZELIGA, SZEWCZYK, SZISKA, SZKUPIN, SZLALOVSZKY, SZLEBIEWSAKA, SZLENZAK, SZLENCZAK, SZMOLENY, SZOBECZKY, SZOJA, SZOLYAVA, SZOSTAK, SZOVA, SZTAROSZOVICS, SZULIR, SZUMAL, SZURMA
TABOLA, TARASSAK, TARZOL, TARZIK, TATA, TATKA, TAZIK, TARZIK, TENUS, TIBUS, TIMSSAK, TINUSZ, TOBIAS, TOBIS, TOMALYA, TOMASAK, TOMASKO, TOMASKOVICS, TOMASSEK, TOMICEK, TOMITSEK, TOMKO, TRQBEZAK, TRIB, TRIBSKY, TROP, TROPP, TRUCZYNSKI, TRUDNYAK, TRUDNYAK, TRUMBULL, TRUSZINSKY, TRYBULA, TRZOP, TRZOPIAK, TULARCIK, TULASSAK, TURKOT, TUSKA, TYBER, TYNUS
URAM, URBANEC, USANFOL
VACZLAV, VACZLAW, VADOVSKY, VADOWSKY, VAISZ, VALASCAK, VALENCZAK, VAVRASSEK, VENITH, VDOVJAK, VEROTSON, VESZELOVSZKY, VIDA, VILK, VILMAN, VINCZEK, VIROSTEK, VLOCH, VNENCZAK, VODZAK, VODZIAK, VODZSAK, VOHINSKY, VOJENSZKY, VOJSCIK, VOJTAS, VOJTICKA, VOJTSIK, VOSCZEK, VOZDYAK
WACH, WALIGORA, WAWRCZOSEK, WAXMANSKY, WAXMONSKY, WAYDZIAK, WILCZEK, WILK, WISNIOWSKA, WNENCZAK, WODZAK, WODZIAK, WOJAK, WOJCIK, WOJTANEK, WOLFSSIN, WRONA, WYSE, WYSZKOWSKA
ZACHANOVICZ, ZADZIOVA, ZAJONER, ZAKICIC, ZALES, ZANIESKA, ZAPALA, ZAREMBA, ZAVOJNA, ZDISEK, ZELIK, ZEMBSA, ZELIK, ZIBURA, ZIGMOND, ZIVYAK, ZMARZLIAK, ZSIGMONTOVICH, ZSAGODZINA, ZMARZLAK, ZNAMIEROSKI, ZNATSEK, ZSELINSKY, ZSEMBA, ZSEMCSAK, SZIDEK, SZIGMOND, ZSOLONDEK, ZUREK, ZYGMUNTOWICZ,
EXAMPLES OF RUNNING MONTHLY UPDATE / COMMENTARY ON THE PROJECT:
Having returned from nine months in Slovakia on a Fulbright Scholarship, I am trying to get organized and answer all the many questions and requests that have been coming in. Thanks for your patience.
Sept - Present May 2012.
The GA has been in Slovakia working at the various archives and in the villages continuing effort to find information and candidates in support of this project. A running Facebook page has been made available and is open only to Project members. Photos of the villages, churches and events have been periodically posted.
March 2011- GA awarded Fulbright Scholarship for continued research on Slovak Migration 1870-1918 - A Village Perspective.
30 December 2009. Stastny Novy Rok! I hope you all had a blessed holiday and wish you the best in 2010. While the updates have been slower to post, we have been working hard behind the scenes to identify added members with ancestry from the region and to confirm ancestry from the region. Remember, we all benefit from new members.
28 Sept 2009. Recently the DNA samples from overseas were returned to FT-DNA for processing. I have been working on the specific pedigrees for these kits and notifying people of any potential connections. Each time, I am reminded of the beauty of a geographic project. We invariably have intertwining connections on our inner-branches of our pedigrees in our earlier generations due to the size and social relationships between the small set of villages. I encourage our members to keep thinking about which other branch they might want to learn about and who might test. Also, if I find a member has an interesting inner-branch connection, I will put them in contact with each other (with their permission) and see if they can come up with a candidate to test where BOTH might benefit. Of course this is all possible due to the nature of this project and the experience, private database and passion to grow this project. So, take another look at that pedigree!
18 Sept 2009. I am slowly culling through the new records acquired this summer and updating our project member information. Please note too that FT-DNA has launched a new Group Administrator Page which has added new features. This new launch will take some time to become familiar with!
27 August 2009: I am back from another trip to our villages. After 4 weeks of Slovak language classes in Bratislava, I spent 10 days in our villages in search of records and DNA candidates. I am happy to report we were able to identify six new DNA test candidates with tests completed. They include the male surnames: BUDZ, VIDA, TAZIK, GORECZKA, TUSKA, and FRANKOVSKY! I will have to add the female surnames as I continue to work the genealogies.
In a geographic project such as ours, overseas sampling in the villages is very important! Many of those still living in the villages represent our parents or grandparents who in past generations where couples from the same village, nearby village or county. However, locating viable and willing candidates is not always as easy as it sounds. We must try and locate candidates, who are total strangers, explain our project and collect vital statistics to ensure we can provide traceability for generations back in time... and then we have to convince them to submit to DNA sampling! We are not always successful and this process can be time consuming!
So as we wait for these new results to come in, I will be going over and reviewing those results that came in during this summer sabbatical and see if I can make any connections for our participants. In addition, I will be reviewing all the pedigrees in our project to see if new information can be added. Thank you for your patience as all this gets processed.
To the new members who joined in the past few weeks, THANK YOU! I will be contacting you!
June 25, 2009. FT-DNA is offering a great promotion for the Y-37 and mt-DNA (not mt-Plus) for $119.00 until June 30th, 2009. This promotion is the best way to get a great number of markers and an idea of your maternal lines. It is CHEAPER than any other pricing they have offered.
The Group Administrator has purchased 2 kits from the promotion using funds donated to the GENERAL FUND. Thank you very much to those who have made this possible. I will take the kits to Slovakia this summer and attempt to find candidates that will help someone within the group to learn more about their deep rooted ancestry.
April, 2009 Update. Thanks to a stipend to defray the cost of language classes to study Slovak in Bratislava this summer, I will be able to go to our Zamagurie Region for more research this summer. I don't have specific plans as yet but I'm always thinking how we can add to this project. It's not too early to be thinking if you would like to sponsor an overseas test which I could administer while in the villages. Contact me and we'll see if we can't do some upfront identification of direct links to your families.
March 31, 2009 Update: We are celebrating a two year anniversary in March since the inception of this project. I would like to personally thank all those that have participated and supported this project! Our membership is growing slowly and steadily. With added members,the genetic make up of our geographic area will be uncovered as well as assisting our members in finding paper and genetic cousins. So thank you!
I will be giving a DNA 101 talk in June at the WPSCA. Wish me luck. We will actually do a demo DNA test, describe the process, a little about the results and the benefits of participating in a geographic DNA project. If you would like to submit feedback about our group, please email!
I would like to recognize project member Denise Sustrich for a donation to our project. Denise has Vadovsky and Hornicak ancestry from Polish Spisz. We will look to find an appropriate candidate to benefit the DNA candidates in our project and Denise' family. Thank you!
Well behind the scenes I continue to try and find candidates for our project. Many of you know that this means I actually search all the database and records I have to identify the persons family villages of origin to confirm that they are viable candidates for our project, then work the family tree to help identify WHO is eligible to DNA test depending upon which branch people are interested in studying. This all happens before the person even commits to the project.. and takes quite a bit of time. However, the win-win is if people agree to participate, they will learn up to 4 generations of that tree as best as possible. I know of no other group administrator who provides this service. Other conditions do apply (direct line only etc..) The pricing IS coming down so that is positive.
February, 2009 Update: We recently have had a few people transfer their results from the National Geographic Genome Project to ours. This is great news. Welcome. I am continuing to limit this project to those with Zamagurie Region and former Spis County ancestry. It is critical to stay focused on the target region so that our efforts are not diluted. I believe that each of our members will have a higher probability of finding genetic matches by seeking other members with Spis ancestry. Further, as group administrator I feel an obligation to offer support and information where possible regarding this region. So if you know someone with Spis roots, pass the word!
December, 2008 Update: We recently had two additional tests completed overseas in the village of Rudnany (Kotterbach) and Dravce, Slovakia. If you would like to sponsor a test for overseas sampling, please contact me and I will assist in arranging this service. We also welcomed new members with ancestry from Nizne Repase, Krivany, and Spisske Vlachy. Surnames include Demidovich, Soltys, Krysiek, Skovira and Bosak.
Our membership is growing slowly but steadily. Please note that the FT-DNA sale pricing is still in effect until December 31.
November 25 Update: FT-DNA has just announced that effective 26 November 2008, they will be offering special pricing for new kit purchase participants. The pricint is only good through 31 Decemeber 2008. This is GREAT pricing for new members and or present members to perhaps look at some of their "inner branches" of their pedigree.
I STRONGLY recommend to project members and potential members to order no less than Y-37 and/or mt-DNA PLUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OCTOBER 2008 UPDATE: * 21 Oct: The GA updated the formatting of the project web page. Changes include adding a Bibliography to the Project Goals. Here we will include and links of interest. The PROJECT NEWS page has been revamped with several administrative details. I especially wanted a section to acknowledge the member sponsorship of DNA tests overseas by generous members. Thank you again. The Project Results page (under construction) will be used to compare our results and haplogroups now that our numbers are growing. I have also tried to put in all project member's coordinates possible to put everyone on the map! As you can see, the number of pushpins is growing and across the Zamagurie Region! Thank you for your patience.
* 18 Oct: In support of the University of Pittsburgh's Slovak Heritage Festival slated for 1 November 2008, an advertisement of our project was in the program. Due to schedule conflicts, I will be unable to have a booth at this year's event. This festival is typically attended by 800+ people each year.
SEPTEMBER 2008 Update:
* The village of OSTURNA, SLOVAKIA in this study.
* We welcome new member paternal surnames of SOLTYS, EKONIAK, HANUSCHAK, BIGOS, OVCARIK, SERILLA, JURGOVIAN, DRENGACZ and TRZOP as well as maternal surnames of ADAMCAK, BAKER, DILL, BUJKO, NOVOTNY, KALAFUT, WAGNER, GUROVITS, OVCARIK, JABROVSKY, KOVALTSIK,CSUPKA, POMPA, PACIGA, MANYAK, MACSUGA, SZMOLENY, VARGO, DANKO, DZIUBAS, GAL, ZYGMANTOVWICZ AND PARA.
Several of these candidates took advantage of the "summer sizzler sale by FT-DNA".
* 25 Sept : The trip to the Zamagurie Region was successful on many levels. We added only two DNA samples this trip but came home with information to help identify others to be tested. Several kits were left in Slovakia once candidates have been identified. Please watch for the database to grow in numbers, surnames, marrriages etc.
AUGUST 2008 UPDATE: Sorry, the GA is offline doing researching in the Zamagurie Villages and studying the Slovak Language at Univerzite Komenskeho in Bratislava. See you in September.
JULY 2008 UPDATE:
* 25 July: The GA will be off line until August 25th for another round of research in the Zamagurie Villages. It is always interesting to see what one can gain access to (or not) as far as records go. I'll also be taking 14 DNA kits (Y-37's and Y-37's and mt-DNA + kits). Also, I will be studying Slovak at SAS (Studia Academica Slovaca in Bratislava for 3 weeks.
JUNE 2008 UPDATE:
* 21 Jun: Happy First Day of Summer! If you haven't received an email from FT-DNA, they are running an "Y-DNA Upgrade Special" at a substantial price reduction. Family Tree DNA wants to help and be part of this effort. They have decided that from June 20th to June 30th 2008, they reduced all Y-DNA upgrade prices, and on average the reduced prices will be about 25% lower than the standard upgrade price. So, you may wish to take advantage of this great pricing!
* 20 June: The results for our overseas testing are starting to come and the database of surnames continues to grow.
MAY 2008 UPDATE:
* 31 May: Welcome to new members with paternal roots in Slovenska Ves (Slovak Spis) and maternal roots in Frydman, Durstyn and Krempachy (Polish Spisz). The last round of 9 overseas kits results should be in just before I leave for the villages in late July! You still have time to consider sponsoring a candidate in whole or part for the trip!
* 19 MAY: Welcome to a combination Y-37 and mt-DNA test candidate with surnames Budz and Tarzik. The Tarzik and associated names of Bigos, Pleva and Kacmarcik are long standing in the villages of Frydman and Durstyn in Polish Spisz. *Sorry to report, the project did not win the 100th grant from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Honoring Your Ancestor Grants.
* 8 May: Great news! Nine of ten DNA kits sent overseas were successfully administered. I am grateful to Vlado Flak for taking on this task. Armed with the kits and pedigrees generated from the database, he had the daunting task of not only locating the prospective candidates but also in convincing those candidates to participate. It wasn't always easy! The kits are now back in the US and on their way to the lab for testing.
* A special thank you to David Asplundt for sponsoring a test applied to BUDZ surname. This name has long history in the Polish Spisz Region. Both David and I share this ancestry. Another test kit was sponsored by one of our most knowledgeable participants. A male Hanescek was sampled from the village of Ruzbachy. This surname dates back to the earliest of records in this village with its' deep to be from Wallachian migration! The remainder of the kits were sponsored by the group administrator.
* In addition, new candidates for overseas are being identified. I will be personally in the villages July 26 through 2 August. Now's the time to think about sponsoring candidates from YOUR family tree overseas!
* FT-DNA recently updated 2008 Haplogroup designations. As a point of information, these changes did not affect any of our participants haplogroups.
APRIL 2008 UPDATE:
* 16 April: Ten (10) DNA kits were sent to Slovakia for testing. The package was held up in customs because I insured it for loss. Yes, DNA kits are expensive to lose too! After a few letters back and forth, the kits were released without having to pay duty. That's good news! With the weather breaking, my contact is hoping to begin to locate the identified test candidates for testing next week.
* I am happy to say that I will be in our villages again from 26 July to 2 August, 2008. If anyone would like to sponsor a DNA test, or have a potential family member identified for testing, please contact me.
MARCH 2008 Updates:
* 7 March: For those of you that get the Travel Channel, you will be VERY interested in two shows coming up in March. Both are in our Zamagurie Region Project. One is on the Polish Tatra Side with a GORALE wedding in Bialka Tatrzanka!!! It provides a wonderful views of a REAL Gorale Wedding in all it's splendor and great views of the village. The next episode is on the Slovakian side. Check your TV listings! Take Care. Karen Melis (AFTERNOTE: IGNORE THE COMMENTARY - Just look at the views.
FEBRUARY 2008 UPDATE:
* 28 Feb: FT-DNA has announced a promotion for those who have tested with other commercial DNA testing companies. People from Ancestry.DNA, Relative Genetics, Genebase and and others can convert their results to FT-DNA and therefor compare their results with the LARGEST database of DNA results for genealogy today. The promotion also offers upgrades from Y-12 to other marker numbers at reduced pricing.
* 23 Feb: With each new posted result, our participants become curious as to what the results actually mean. FT-DNA provides each of us a description on the haplogroup on our personal web pages in the results section. They also provide a FAQ section to assist us in answering questions like what a match means etc. This information is limited for those of us who crave more.
* I strongly encourage our members to participate in the National Geographic Genome Project. There is a $15.00 charge for this for each result entered. One can submit both Y and mt-DNA results and get better explanations, charts, graphs and certificates about your specific results.
* There is a new site by the amazing Steve Morse (famous for creating one step search engines) who has now added a Genetic DNA capability. He provides search capability for FT-DNA database results, ysearch.org results and explanations on the various haplotypes etc. Check it out!
* We now have another Y-37 kit assigned to the FRANKOVIC surname from the village of Nowa Biala, Polish Spisz. As this is one of my own lines, I am anxious to see the results in 6-8 weeks!
* We will all have to be patient as we await the kits return from Slovakia. Additional sampling may be possible if a planned trip to Slovakia this summer materializes! I still have gift certificates available if anyone is looking to test/sponsor at reduced rates. These come as a thank you from FT-DNA. You'll note them as available gift certificates on the public web page. If you are interested in sponsoring a candidate overseas, please contact me.
* Well, the kits are finally in the mail to Slovakia. This has taken much more time than I anticipated to identify actual descendants within the villages. The goal is to test some key names for our present project members as well as very common names for our project villages. We've made some preliminary contacts for those we'd like to test. Testing is planned in Bialka Tatrazanka, Kacwin, Czarna Hora, Niedzica (Polish Spisz)and Wysne Ruzbachy (Slovak Spis). I've sent additional tests for as yet unidentified people. As the test kits are in transit, I hope to make additional contacts for key names on the Slovak side as well. So now, we will need to be patient with the weather, catching up with candidates and of course the schedule of the person administering the tests. Two tests will be sponsored by two members or our group members! I will acknowledge these generous people as the test results come in. I am sponsoring the balance of the tests.
* The GA submitted for a grant proposal from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's "Honoring Our Ancestor" website. I am a previous grant winner (Thank you again Megan). The basic premise of the intended project is to focus on preserving our immigrant ancestral documents and DNA! With each passing generation, if these are lost, future generations will find it even more difficult to search their Zamagurie roots and be less efficient at finding an appropriate DNA candidate. As the Osturna Group is within our Zamagurie region, I would be very curious how their results compare to our own!
* Check out Steve Morse One Step for Genetic Genealogy at http://stevemorse.org/
JANUARY 2009 UPDATE:
* Happy New Year! We had several new members take advantage of the recent sale pricing. The associated female and male tested surnames will be posted as the tests are completed.
* The outstanding results for our members are all in. We've had quite a wide variety of haplogroups being identified for such a small region! Presently, the GA is working on identifying 10-12 potential candidates and personally sponsoring testing overseas in the Zamagurie Region. You will see these as unassigned kit numbers on the public website (Zamagurie Project, Vodzak and Lopata Surname Projects). Cost of testing is well out of reach for most of these candidates. Sponsorship of these tests are deeply rooted in the concept that many descendants from our ancestors remained in the villages. In general, they married people who share long histories from the Zamagurie region.
* Critical to the project is this simple fact. Our potential overseas candidates mirror our immigrant ancestors who came to key cities in the USA via chain migration, who similarly married typically within their religion, with people from their region, ethnic background, village and/or counties. By testing both male and female candidates from our region overseas, we add significant information to our project for the benefit of our project members. This effort is quite time consuming. I had hoped to have it in progress in January. However, I believe the time and effort will provide more bang for the buck in testing! If you are interested in sponsoring a candidate overseas, please contact me.
* Test results are being distributed to those participants who ordered through the Group Administrator. Thank you for your patience as I try to provide a little more information as to the meaning of your results stated from FT-DNA.
* Please note, we added a counter to the website to see how our 'advertising' is coming along. Don't forget about the gift certificate price reduction offered by FT-DNA. This is a perfect way to get a "family" a group gift for those who have everything AND do it at a reduced price. Happy Thanksgiving!
* I've just taken advantage of FT-DNA's promotion for $$$ off various test kits. If you are still interested, remember you only have until December 31 to order the kit. Personally, I've ordered 6 test kits which will be shipped overseas. I have identified 3 people for testing. We will be searching for appropriate people to test with the other kits. MORE ON THIS LATER!
* PITTSBURGH SLOVAK HERITAGE FESTIVAL OUTCOME: The booth at the Pittsburgh Slovak Heritage festival went well. We had quite a bit of activity. Almost all of the 100 flyers were taken explaining the project etc. We had at least 4 new people who were immediately identifed in the database and expressed an interest in participating. However, the proof is in the test ordering!
I 'raffled' off a free Y-12 DNA test kit to anyone who could demonstrate a link to the Zamagurie area. Conditions applied: You had to attend the festival, we have to confirm your pedigree links to the area (to benefit both the project and the participant) and you had to be willing to release your results. I am still following up on the potential winner which will be announced after I give some time for others to return their entries! This was my 'hook' to get people to the booth.
* We now have ALL our outstanding test results in. Please see the Y-Chart and mt-DNA charts for comparisons.
* Currently we have 18 members and several new inquiries. Both Y tests (males) and mt-DNA tests have been completed or test results are pending. Please check back frequently! We are finding matches as expected for people who have shared ancestry. The intent for this testing is to establish a baseline before testing additional common surname branches. Of course we hope to find more matches as general membership grows.
* We have quite a wide variety of haplogroup designations. members! This is especially interesting given our Zamagurie Area encompasses an approximate 25 miles radius! I am trying to gain an understanding of each of the determined haplogroups and early Slav migration in hopes of melding both the technology and history together. general Special thanks to member Jim Honeychuck who has shared his experience with the interpretation of the haplogroups and their potential migration routes.
* Interestingly, we do find some odd Y-25 Marker and Y-37 marker matches when opened up to the entire FT-DNA database. FT-DNA interprets this simply as "...having a common ancestor many, many, many generations ago." If you get an email indicating this, it doesn't hurt to follow up with that person. Also, if you have questions that aren't answered in the FAQ's section of FT-DNA you can always email them and request an explanation of the results. They have been very responsive.
* FT-DNA Members may also participate in the National Geographic Genome Project by transferring their results. You can find out more about this project on your personal page.
OCTOBER 2007 Update:
* The fraternal organization JEDNOTA ran a brief article on our Zamagurie DNA Project in their 19 September 2007 newspaper. You can see this article on line in their newspaper archives.
* An estimated 20% of our ancestors from the Zamagurie Region emigrated to PITTSBURGH. This project needs participation to continue to grow. So, I have now committed to doing a formal display at the festival in hopes of gaining more participants. Last year's attendance was over 800 people!
* In support of the University of Pittsburgh's Slovak Heritage Festival slated for 4 November 2007, an advertisement of our project was in the program. It reads: Congratulations to the 2007 Slovak Heritage Festival in preserving the rich, cultural heritage of our Slovak Ancestors!
Many Pittsburgh Slovaks came from the former Spis County Slovak / Polish border villages known as the Zamagurie Region. If you share this ancestry, you will be interested in our new Zamagurie Region Dual Geographic DNA Project!
Our ancestors preserved a way within each of us to discover more about our deep ancestral roots. This project combines over 10 years of traditional genealogy in the Zamagurie Region with today’s technology. Our goals are simple: to uncover relationships between our Slovak ancestors, locate genetic cousins, study migration patterns from village to village and to learn more about our deep Slovak ancestry!
For a list of the villages and surnames being studied, please see our website:
AUGUST 2007 Update:
We welcomed 3 new members to the group and are starting to seee a nice flow of results coming through. Our project site is now posted on Rootsweb.com, Genealogy.com (Cambria County, Luzern County, Northampton Countyand Northumberland County Pennsylvania Message boards. Many of our Spis ancestors came to Eastern Pennsylvania to the coal mines, silk and woolen mills. Our Western Pennsylvanian Ancestors came to work in the Glass factories,Steel Mills and Rail Roads among other occupations. If you can think of other sites to get the word out, please feel free to drop me an email.
JULY 2007 Update:
* New Format! Each revision will include a date and the latest project update. By scrolling down, the reader will be able to see the project history, results and additions going in back in time. Updates will be provided frequently!
* A new section of a complete list of surnames documented in the administrator's database is now provided. This may entice others with common ancestral names and ancestral villages to join our project. The GA will provide an update on the current number of individuals, surnames and marriages in the actively maintained database. This represents 10 + years of work and goes back 14 generations in time! The goal is to demonstrate a continuous growth of our project on multiple levels.
* Membership is growing. We now have our 15th member testing both Y and maternal DNA.
* Our early results are showing the value of sound traditional genealogy and DNA testing. We have confirmed a connection genetically from a PISARCIK descendant from the village of Velka Frankova, Spis County Slovakia to one that has roots in Frydman, Spisz County Poland.
* Advertising! Articles have been posted TARG (Tatra Area Research Group) and in the summer 2007 issue of 'Slovakia' (Vol 21 #2). The group administrator (GA) has been contacting Slovak genealogy websites, historical societies and fraternal organizations. Did you know that the Catholic Sokols were founded by a group of men from the Spisz Region?
MARCH 2007: This project was officially started in March 2007. Follow the project news and status through time by date>