Members of our project have ancestry from the Podhale Region located in Southern Poland. This project provides a forum for our members with common interest in the Podhale region. In addition to genetic matches, members will gain interaction with others researching the region, knowledge of migration patterns from the region to the US and within the villages themselves, and shared hands-on experiences of the GA. A list of villages appears on the Background tab of this project. Membership to this geographic project is based on the following criteria: 1) Members will have at least one branch of their pedigree documented from the Podhale Region. The group administrator will cross check member's links to the region prior to members joining the project via the join project button. 2) Your DNA testing must be representative of the ancestor from the region and include the branch that is representing the connection to the project. 3) The project welcomes members who have tested Y, mt-DNA, FamilyFinder (autosomal DNA), and autosomal transfers from other genetic genealogy companies. We are especially interested in growing through the membership testing autosomal DNA. Autosomal testing looks at genetic matches on all branches of one's family tree and may lead to more genetic matches linked to the region. Knowing the surnames associated, may lead to an increased understanding of our member's shared matches. By limiting membership to those with ancestry specifically from the geographic region,and whose DNA results represents ancestors from the region permits our statistical results to be representative of the region and valid for our study. Created on 15 Feb 2015, the Podhale Region project, serves as an extension to three additional projects for those with Slovak ancestry: the Zamagurie Region, the Spis County Slovakia, and the Slovakia - DNA Project. Many of our project members fit in more than one project. If have documented ancestry from the please cross register for this project. I look forward to meeting new project members and assisting with understanding our project member's results. If you have any questions, please contact the GA. We look forward to you joining us.