The New Mexico DNA Project started in 2004 and, as stated on their website, its goals are to find our ancient origins, whatever they may be.
GURULÉ “Y” DNA
Y-DNA goes through the males – from you, to your father, your grandfather, your great-grandfather, etc. These are the results for the Gurulé males who have tested so far:
I1 – thus far the most prominent type of DNA that has been tested is that of I1. The ancestral origins for this type come from northwest Europe. It is likely that many descendants of Vikings have this same type. Viking raids on the British Isles and Western Europe help to explain the dispersal of this lineage.
R1b1b2 – the second most prominent in the group, this is Western European. The R1b group is the largest in the world of male testing.
Q – one other result is defined as Native American. Also found in Siberia, India and China almost all Native Americans derive from these people.
J1 – these groups of people derive from the Middle East. Some are known to be Jews of the Cohen line if they have the five distinguished markers. Those not having the markers would be of Semitic origins, meaning from the Middle Eastern Area and not necessarily of the Jewish faith.
Those requiring further information, please contact Henrietta M. Christmas.
GURULÉ LINES TESTED
The Gurulé surname is included in the surname listing, but has not yet been included in the DNA table. I’m Angela Lewis, the project administrator for the Gurulé surname on their website. After a few years and several Gurulé males testing, we’ve now come to several conclusions.
To begin with, keep in mind that Santiago Gurulé and Elena Gallegos only had one child, Antonio Gurulé (born in 1703). This son, Antonio Gurulé, married Antonia Quintana in 1718, and they had nine children (all documented in his will of 1761). Three of the children, Maria Manuela, Tomas and Luisa de Jesus, were already married by the 1750 census:
1750 Census – NM, Villa de Albuquerque
Antonio Gurulé (Spanish, 1705, age 45), Antonia Quintana (Spanish, 1705, age 45), Juan Antonio (1733, age 17), Fabiana (1734, age 16), Seraphin (1739, age 11), Elena (1741, age 9), Francisca (1743, age 7), Manuela (1746, age 4); servant: Rosa (Indian, 1710, age 40), Juan (1732, age 18), Juan (1738, age 12), Antonio (1742, age 8), Mathias (1744, age 6), Tomas (1746, age 4); Servant: Bernardina (Indian, 1720, age 30), Maria Antonia (1734, age 16), Ygnacio (1739, age 11), Joseph (1741, age 9), Josepha (1744, age 6), Maria (1747, age 3)
Many researchers have thought that Antonio may have also fathered the son of Rosa, Antonio (born in 1742) who later married Dionisia Lucero. After all, they were all living in the same household.
Update – It appears this is true – see Gurulé Newsletter #8 (published Dec 2009 and available on the website under RESOURCES)
DNA provided the answer to this particular mystery. A descendant of Antonio Gurulé and Dionisia Lucero (Family #5 on the website) was the first to get his DNA tested, and the results showed he was an exact match to the already identified Chavez DNA:
Chavez - I1a: Nordic (Northwestern European) origin.
Matching the Chavez DNA was interesting, but at the time those results didn’t impact the Gurulé’s. It wasn’t until several Gurulé males from Family #1 (direct descendants of Santiago Gurulé and Elena Gallegos) tested and matched the same DNA. Below are the matches:
Antonio Gurulé and Antonia Quintana
Juan Antonio Gurulé and Maria Petrona Montoya
Antonio Toribio Gurulé and Maria Gertrudis Olguin (wife #1)
Juan Domingo Gurulé and Juana Maria Chavez
Jose Antonio Gurulé and Maria Dolores Salazar
Jose Antonio Gurulé and Maria Nicolasa de la O
Adelaido Gurulé and Maria Loisa Baca
Ygnacio Gurulé and Maria Carlota Martinez
Michael G. Gurulé
Jose Domingo Gurulé and Ana Maria Gonzales
Jose Manuel Gurulé and Maria Gertrudes Perea
Juan N. Gurulé and Maria Desideria Montoya
Nicolas T. Gurulé and Guadalupe Lucero
Luciano Gurulé and Concepcion Troncosa
Lawrence D. Gurulé
Vicente Gurulé and Maria Antonia Garcia
Juan Antonio Gurulé and Maria Guadalupe Padilla
Donaciano Gurulé and Maria Manuela Lucero
Jesse Benjamin Gurulé and Maxine Lujan
Ronnie Gurulé (brother of Craig Gurulé)
Tomas Gurulé and Maria Pascuala Griego
Pedro Bautista de Jesus Gurulé and Maria Dolores Duran
Juan Cristobal Gurulé and Maria Francisca Antonia Mirabal
Juan de Jesus Gurulé and Maria Teodora Vigil
Victor Gurulé and Maria Martina Chacon
Raymond M. Gurulé
Another person has tested, Gene Gurulé, though we don’t know all of his Gurulé ancestry. His DNA came out as an exact match to the R1b1 Martin-Serrano DNA:
Martin Gurulé and Juana Martinez
Andres Evelino Gurulé and Augustina Ramona Atencio
Enrique Gerbacio Gurulé and Maria L. Gallegos
Ned Eugene Gurulé
As mentioned, it appears that Antonio Gurulé fathered the son of Rosa, Antonio Gurulé born in 1742. We know that Santiago Gurulé did not father Rosa’s son as he was already dead by 1711. DNA results are showing this DNA is Chavez and not Gurulé. Again, read the full article in Gurulé Newsletter #8.
We still encourage participation in the NM DNA Project. Below is a link to the input form: