Birth Name: Anna Mae Bullock
Place of Birth: Nutbush, Tennessee, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 26, 1939
Tina Turner is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. She is now also a Swiss citizen.
Tina is the daughter of Zelma Priscilla (Currie) and Floyd Richard Bullock. Her parents were both African-American.
Tina is married to German music executive Erwin Bach. She has a son with tenor and saxophonist Raymond Hill; and a son with her former husband, musician, bandleader, and record producer Ike Turner.
Tina’s paternal grandparents were Alex Bullock and Roxanna/Roxana Whitelaw/Whitlow. Alex and Roxanna were born in Tennessee.
Tina’s maternal grandfather was Joesephus Melvin “Joe” Currie (who was evidently the son of Logan Currie and Mollie Walker). Joesephus was born in Tennessee. Logan was the son of Logan Currie and Elizabeth Ford or Kimbrough.
Tina’s maternal grandmother was Georgianna Flag (the daughter of George Flag/Flagg and Mollie/Molline Mary Winborn/Winburn). Georgianna was born in Tennessee. George was the son of Samuel/Sam Flag and Fannie. Mollie was the daughter of Scott Winborn/Winbourne and Henretta/Henrietta.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Tina’s genetic ancestry is:
*66% Sub-Saharan African
*1% Native American
Tina had previously thought that her mother had significant Native American heritage.
In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Tina’s African DNA matches the Mbenzele people of the Central African Republic, the Hausa people of Nigeria, the Tuareg people of Niger, the Bamileke people of Cameroon, and the Turkana people of Kenya.
Sources: Genealogy of Tina Turner – http://www.geni.com
Tina’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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