Zamagurie Region DNA Project for Former Spis County Eastern Slovakia and Poland Border Villages- Background

Administrators

Surnames

ADAMCAK (f), ALL Variants of names Listed, BACHNIATKA (f ), BATOR (f), BEDNARCIK (f ), BIGOS (m & f ), BIZUB (f), BLANAR (m & f ), BRINSKA (f ), BROZENIECZ (m & f ), BUDZ ( m &; f ), CHERNISKY (f ), CHMIEL (f ), CHOVANIEC (f ), CHURILLA (f ), CSUPKA (f ), CZERNECZCKY (f ), DANKO (f ), DEMIDOVICH (m ), DEVERA (f ), Drescher (f ), DUDASKO (f ), DVORNICZKY (f ), FENICK (f), FERENCZEK (f), FIGLAR (m ), FLAK (m ), FRANKOVIC (m & f ), FRANKOVSKY (m & f), FRONZ (f ), GALOVICS (m ), GELYATKA (f) THOMAS (f), GOLDYNAYK (f ), GRIGLAK (m), GROHOLA (f ), GRONKA (m & f ), GURECKA (m & f), GUROVITS (f ), GURSCAK (m ), HALUPKA (f ), HALUPKA (f ), HANESCAK (m ), HORNICAK (f ), HORNYIK (f ), IGLAR (m & f ), JABROVSKY (f ), JADAMECZ (f ), JAKUBIAK (m), JELEN (f ), JURGOVSKY (f ), KACMARCIK (f ), KALAFUTH (f ), KASISKY (m &f ), KLEINLOMNITZ (f ), KOLUMBER (f), KOPALKA (f), KORKOS (f ), KORPALA (f), KOSCAREK (f ), KOSTYAK (m & f ), KOVAC (f), KOVALTSIK (f), KUBASSEK (f ), KUNA (f ), KURNAVA (f)m, KURUCZ (f ), LOPATA (m & f), LORENTROVITS (f ), LUKAS (f ), MACSUGA (f ), MADEJA (f ), MAGERA (f ), MAJERSCAK (f), MANYAK (f ), MARHEFKA (f), MARKOVICS (m & f ), MASCURAK (f ), MASKALA (f ), MENDROS (f ), MIHALEC (f ), MILANYAK (f ), MLYNARTSIK (f ), MOGOLICZKY (f ), MORAVCINCZKY (f ), MROVECZ (f), NAEUPAUR (f), NATARIAN (f ), NEDOROSCIK (m), NEDOROSCIK (m) NEMECZ (f ), NOVAK (f ), OVCARIK (m & f ), OVSONKA (f), PACIGA (f ), PALUCH (f ), PAVLIK (f ), PISARCIK (m & f ), PITONIAK (m & f), PIVOVARTSIK (f ), PLEVA (f ), PODHOLANSKY (m), POJEDENIEC (f ), POMPA (f ), POTANKO (m ), PUDLEINER (f ), RAFAS (f ), Richwalsky (f ), SELIGA (f ), SERILLA (m & f ), SISKA (m), SKARUPA / SKORUPA (m, SKOVIRA (m), SKVAREK (f ), SKVAREK (m ), SMETANA (f ), SOLTYS (m & f ), SOLYAVA (f), SRISKOVSKA (f), STEFANYAK (f ), STRONCZEK (m ), SVIENTY ( m & f ), SZISKA (f ), SZMOLENY (f ), SZTAROSZOVICS (f ), TAZIK (m & f ), TOBIAS (m), TROPE (m ), TUSKA (m), VADOVSKY (f ), VARGO (f ), VIDA (m & f ), VILK (f ), VODZAK (m ), VOJTAS (m & F) ), VOZSEK (f), WILK (f), WNENCZAK (f ), WODZIAK ( f ), ZAJONC (f), ZALES (f ), Zamagurie, Zamagurie Region, ZMARZLIAK (f ), ZSELYONK (f), ZSEMBA (f ), ZSOLONDEK (f )

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NOTE: DUE TO SIGNIFICANT INTEREST, THE PROJECT ALSO EXTENDS TO ALL VILLAGES OF THE FORMER SPIS (SZEPES) COUNTY.  THE PROJECT WILL BE CROSS LISTED WITH FT-DNA BUT REMAIN UNDER ONE GROUP ADMINISTRATOR.  ALL STATISTICS WILL BE KEPT FOR THE ZAMAGURIE REGION AS A SUB-SET OF THE LARGER FORMER SPIS (SZEPES) COUNTY GEOGRAPHIC PROJECT.  CURRENT MEMBERS DO NOT NEED TO JOIN BOTH PROJECTS BUT ARE WELCOMED TO DO SO. 


ZAMAGURIE REGION DUAL GEOGRAPHIC DNA PROJECT: 

The Zamagurie Region straddles the eastern Slovak and southern Poland border.  Zamagurie refers to the border land area of the north western part of the former Spiš County of the Kingdom of Hungary (Szepe s – Hungarian; Spisz – Polish). This area is a compact geographic and ethnographic area defined by the natural borders of the Bialka River to the west, the Spisšké Magura Mountains to the south and the Dunajec River to the north. 

A wonderful book entitled Zamagurze Spiskie; Spisske Zamagurie by Jan Budz and photos by Wojciech Smolak (ISBN 83-912197-0-4) describes each of the villages in both Polish and Slovak and a great map showing all our villages in this region.  Not only has Mr. Budz  authorized the use of this map but he is also project member himself!

The area located on the Polish border side is called Polski Spisz.  These villages (using the Polish spellings) include:  Jaworzyna Spiska, Jurgow, Rzepiska, Czarna Gora, Trybz, Lapsze Wysne, Lapszanka, Lapsze Nizne, Kacwin, Nowa Biala, Krempachy, Dursztyn, Frydman, Falsztyn, Niedzica, and Lysa nad Dunajcom.  Also include in this project are the neighboring former Galician villages of Bialka Tatrazanka, Brzgi, Zdiar, Szaflary, and Lesnica.

The area located on the Slovak border side is called Spišské Zamagurie.  These villages (using Slovak spelling) include:  Majere, Spišská Stará Ves, Matiašovce, Spišské Hanusovce, Veľkáand Malá Frankova, Havka, Zalesie (formerly Gibelly), Jezersko, Rel’ov/Hagy, Červeny Klaštor, Lechnica, Haligovce, Vel’ka Lesna, Stranany, and Lesnica. 

 If you do not see your village listed or need help in locating your ancestral village, please contact the group administrator by email.

The Group Administrator of the Zamagurie Region DNA project actively maintains a database of surnames from the villages specifically in the former Spiš County.  What is unique to this database is that it is actually more than a list of surnames.  It is a compilation of researched pedigrees documenting all descendants, their spouses, children etc.  through the generations. This does not necessarily mean that your own pedigree has already been researched.  It means simply means that a significant amount of work has been done in all of the villages with respect to surnames and villages as well as a broad understanding of the patterns between the villages.  When available, parish census, Hungarian census and military records are also recorded.  As of June 2012, this database contains in excess of 32,000 people represented by 3,825 surnames(excluding variant spellings) and over 10,400 marriages.  A complete list of ALL surnames in our project members pedigrees may be found under the PROJECT NEWS section.  The surnames listed above are only those that are presently DNA tested.  With time, this list will grow.  Add your name to the list by participating in this project!

The source of vital statistics are actual church records from the ancestral villages obtained during 9 trips to the Region, personal research in Slovak archives, professional genealogy services paid for by the Group Administrator, as well as available LDS microfilms.  In many cases (especially for the Polski Spisz villages) the records are ONLY available in the village churches or church archives and are NOT available through the LDS.


FORMER SPIS (SZEPES) COUNTY, SLOVAKIA - KINGDOM OF HUNGARY DUAL GEOGRAPHIC DNA PROJECT:

At several members request, the geographic area of the project has been extended to include ALL of the former SPIS (SZEPES) County, former Kingdom of Hungary.  Many of our members have Slovak ancestry beyond the Zamagurie Region within this former geographic area that was considered SLOVAKIA.  It was felt that a larger project membership might be obtained to add to the statistical database if a project with a greater recognizable name was created.  
A list of these associated villages will be included on the SPIS (SZEPES) COUNTY SLOVAKIA PROJECT PAGE.  This list is in progress.


WHY WAS THIS PARTICULAR DNA PROJECT STARTED? – ON A PERSONAL NOTE

My initial interest in genealogy was to learn who my great-grandparents were and where they originated.  To go even further back in time, the direct lines and co-lateral lines were also documented building on the family relationships through the villages.  By observation, one could describe who was related to whom, note patterns of births and marriages, see the effects of catastrophes and plagues in the villages as well as the recoveries, note how marriage partners came from “just over the mountain” or how surnames migrated or stayed for that matter in particular villages.  The hobby now became a passion!  Information  was shared by doing “look-ups” for others along with others that were also researching this area.  It was just one way of giving back.

This DNA project is the next extension of giving back.  Participation by those who have shared ancestry from the Zamagurie Region / former Spis County Slovakia  serves to magnify the power of the established research.  With time and participation, the combination may further other’s genealogy on a new level.

Building on 15+ years of research, the project is a key part of an academic study on Slovak emigration. In March 2011, the Group Administrator  was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research on Slovak emigration from this region from a village perspective. She spent 10 months  in Eastern Slovakia  beginning in September 2011 and returned home, July 2012.  So you can see, this is a very active project with great breadth and academic interest.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participation in this project is limited to those members who can demonstrate an ancestral link to the former Spiš County villages  Why?  Membership in this project should have a reasonable chance of a match as the project gains more members.  However, it should be clearly understood that no guarantees of a match can be made.

Your participation can help you and others to learn more about their Slovak roots. Honor your ancestors by preserving more than just a memory.  Join today!

WHAT CAN PARTICIPATION DO FOR ME?

DNA testing alone can tell you if 2 people who match are related but it cannot tell you how you are related.  Your work as a genealogist is not done.  Your participation and results when compared with known pedigrees from the Zamagurie Region and former Spis County may be a guiding tool to direct your research.  You may then focus your efforts in connecting to a family line that has already been documents and identify links with others researching the same area or surnames.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS PARTICULAR DNA PROJECT?

DNA testing can help confirm your paper trail, help to discover links to relatives, and possibly even help follow your ancestral surnames as they migrated from village to village.  Your participation in THIS project taps into over 15 years of research specifically in the Zamagurie Region and former Spis County. The Group Administrator will assist you in establishing whether your MAY be linked to this region BEFORE you submit a sample.  This may increase your potential to matching others also researching your surnames.  Mind you, there are no guarantees of finding a genetic match. The  Group Administrator will attempt to confirm your ancestral villages are within the project area and build a limited three generation pedigree.  Conditions do apply.

As a project member,  we can work together to try and identify if and how you are related to your Family Tree DNA matches (if they are also from the region).  This is the next step to understanding your results.

Paid genealogy services are now available for an additional fee.  


 Please feel free to email me with any questions.

General Fund

Current balance: $0.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Debit $77.00 7/19/2013     107496 Unknown
Debit $123.00 12/17/2012     265794 Unknown
Credit $200.00 10/27/2012 Jerry Galovic To be used as needed   Individual
Debit $179.00 6/21/2012     84741 Unknown
Debit $183.00 6/21/2012     245024 Unknown
Debit $183.00 6/21/2012     245023 Unknown
Debit $179.00 6/21/2012     125145 Unknown
Debit $179.00 6/21/2012     108626 Unknown
Debit $179.00 6/21/2012     108624 Unknown
Debit $58.00 6/21/2012     108618 Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 1
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 10
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 23
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 16
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 8
Family Finder 56
Maternal Ancestor Information 86
mtDNA 72
mtDNA Full Sequence 15
mtDNA Plus 65
mtDNA Subgroups 4
Paternal Ancestor Information 111
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 37
Total Members 135
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 7
WTY 1
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 9
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 3
Y-DNA Subgroups 4
Y-DNA111 5
Y-DNA12 97
Y-DNA25 90
Y-DNA37 89
Y-DNA67 24