In the fall of 2010, Lenny Trujillo embarked on a journey unaware that he was going anyplace. That was the journey to discover himself, his ancestry….and what a journey it has been. Lenny was unique, very unique.
After Lenny’s results came back, he purchased a DNA Report. In the process of analyzing his DNA, I realized what an opportunity was at hand. Lenny was Native American and his Y DNA likely harbored new SNPs that would identify a new sub-haplogroup, and we needed to take a look. When I wrote Lenny and asked if he would consider a Walk the Y (WTY) test, he told me that he had retired that very day. My heart sunk, because I presumed that meant “no”, that he’d be making financial adjustments like so many retirees. But then Lenny went on to say that he wanted to proceed in order to leave a legacy for his grandchildren.
And what a legacy Lenny has to leave them. Lenny made history and advanced science. Indeed, by comparing Lenny’s DNA to another European man in haplogroup Q1a3, 7 new SNPs were discovered. I wrote a paper about this process and Lenny’s contribution. This was a red letter day for Native American ancestry, as well as for Lenny, delivered as fate would have it, Christmas week.
However, Lenny’s remarkable story doesn’t end there. That’s only the beginning. But, I’ll let Lenny tell his own story, in his own words. He wrote an article for the Los Angeles Beat which was published today. His story is so heartwarming and inspirational and the records that document his Native ancestry that Lenny has been able to find have been absolutely amazing.
Lenny also tells his story on the Family Tree DNA YouTube Channel in various segments for those who haven’t yet seen Family Tree DNA’s infomercial.
So whether you read it or watch it, or both, come along, share Lenny’s journey, and enjoy!
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My friend Shirley is so proud of her cousin Lenny.
It’s TRUE! I’m so very proud of Lenny!! 😀
Great STory. My mother is from Las Vegas, NM. I recently did DNA tests on her and me & i came out about 20 to 24% Native American and she came out 40 to 47%. Im now on the quest to see of i can find out what tribes i am descended from. I’m having a heck of a time finding anyone listed as Indian or Coyote in church or census records.
Today, NPR published an article on the genizaros and Trujillos. http://www.npr.org/2016/12/29/505271148/descendants-of-native-american-slaves-in-new-mexico-emerge-from-obscurity