Greetings from the u.p. of Michigan to all of my NY-MI Race famiy relatives. I am the granddaughter of Tryphona Race who was the daughter of Arthur and Emma Race. I've been researching our family tree since about mid 2003. It is so very interesting to me. I,too, have been told that we have native american heritage. Thanks to my mom's youngest brother, Kenneth Schrader, we now know through DNA testing that we do indeed have such heritage, though a small amount. He had a DNA test done through a DNA specialist out of Florida. Results were surprising, 76% European, 14% African (black) and 10 % native american. However, we have no clue what tribe we are connected to, have been told either Chippewa or Potawattami, but no proof.
I've done e-mail and written correspondence with Eric Graham. He also has a copy of my uncle Ken's DNA results. I also sent him a picture of my grandmother and her sister Martha. The native American look is very distinct and prominent. I haven't posted this sooner since I just quite recently discovered our family tree site. I don't really have much spare time to spend on the website. I was fascinated by the number of family that had the native american info.
I live in Watersmeet, a small community at the western end of the u.p., a mere 50 miles from Lake Superior. Watersmeet has an Indian casino (Chippewa) where I have been employed for the past 8 1/2 years. Most of that time in the gift shop and the past year as a receptionist. I have not been successful in trying to get my grandmother's birth certificate. I've tried all of the obvious counties in the Lower Peninsula and I also wrote to all of the tribes in Michigan. I come to a dead end. My mother, Gladys Schrader Spargo, and one brother Elmer are now the only two living children left of Charles and Tryphona. My uncle Ken passed away on June 8th of this year from lung cancer. My mother and her brother are both in poor health also.
It's been so good talking to all of you, let's keep in touch and I am not giving up on trying to get my grandmother's birth certificate. I was only 12 when she died in 1955, but I have fond memories of her. I used to comb her long (nearly black) hair for her a lot. Sure wish I would have asked her more about her childhood though she may not have had much to tell since her parents died young and the family was split up for adoptions etc.
Sorry for my long babblings, I'm just excited about all of my family out there. Thank the good Lord for our modern technology of computers, etc. Hope to hear from some of you.
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