Birth Name: Wanda Yvette Sykes
Place of Birth: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 7, 1964
Ethnicity: African-American [including Cameroonian], smaller amount of English
Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress, and voice artist.
An episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Wanda’s matrilineal ninth great-grandmother, named Elizabeth Banks, who was a white indentured servant. Elizabeth had a daughter named, Mary Banks, whose father was a black slave. It was also mentioned that some of Wanda’s DNA traces to present-day Cameroon.
Wanda is married to Alex Niedbalski, who is from France. The couple have two children.
Wanda’s paternal grandfather was Luther Luke Sykes (the son of Joseph Sykes and Maggie). Luther was born in Virginia.
Wanda’s paternal grandmother was Magnolia Wilson (the daughter of Junius Wilson and Fannie Elliott). Magnolia was born in Virginia. Junius was the son of John Wilson and Rosa Francis.
Wanda’s maternal grandfather was Allie Peoples (the son of Emma). Allie was born in Virginia or North Carolina.
Wanda’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Jane Jones (the daughter of Annie). Sarah was born in Virginia.
A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Wanda’s genetic ancestry is:
Genealogy of Wanda Sykes – https://www.geni.com
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