Gigi (Ward) Tanksley
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Gigi (Ward) Tanksley

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Gigi J. Tanksley formerly Ward
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private sister (1940s - unknown)] [half], , , , [private sister (1960s - unknown)], and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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This profile is part of the Ward Name Study.
Gigi (Ward) Tanksley was born in Mississippi.
Gigi (Ward) Tanksley is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.
Gigi (Ward) Tanksley participated with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon.

DNA Locations of highest probability:
Greater London, Glasgow City, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Tyne and Wear, Belfast, South Yorkshire

For Ireland they are: Counties" Dublin Mayo Cork Galway Kerry Tipperary Caven Kilkenny Clare Donegal

Germany: Hamburg

Scandinavian: Norway Sweden Denmark Iceland

6.2% French

Researching the following lines: The Ward family line of John Ward and Isabella Weems from Jackson County, Georgia. The family of William Ward and George Wimms located in 1820 Jackson County, Georgia Census. Out of South Carolina.

The family of John Gilbert and Mourning Barksdale with ties to the Butler, Garrett, and Gilbert families of Hancock and surrounding counties in Georgia late 1700's early 1800. These families moved together into the Mississippi Territory in the very early 1800s. Later, some members of the Gilbert Family moved on westward.

The family of Leonhard Varnedeau/Varnado in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. These descendants moved from South Carolina to Georgia and later into the Mississippi Territory spreading south in Louisiana and westward later in the 1800s.

The Family of Miles Bullock/Bulloch in Washington Parish, Louisiana from Georgia. This family may have been located in the Mississippi Territory. I am searching for the exact origins of Miles and his family. I have located Bullock next to Varnado family members on Washington Parish, Louisiana census records.

The Seal Family of Washington Parish, Louisiana. This family is spread into surrounding parishes also in the early days of the Mississippi Territory.

The parents of Nancy Ward Thompson, widow of William Thompson who married Moses Varnado. Her daughter, Rebecca married my Grandfather, Samuel Hastings Varnado. This family was located in Washington/St Tammany, and Tangipahoa area of Louisiana. It is believed that Nancy Ward could possibly be of Native American extraction and was the daughter of Turner Ward, but my DNA shows no Native American blood.

The Tankersley Family from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Georgia to Alabama and into Mississippi where the name changed to Tanksley in the mid-1800s. This family was located in the Winston/ Attala County areas of Mississippi in 1860. Also, in the coastal area of Mississippi then into Texas.

The family of John Fisher and their origin. John Fisher was married and his wife went blind. Later a neighbor sent his daughter, Theodosia Moore to keep house for his wife and care for his children. Once his wife died he married Theodosia and raised another family with her. I would like information on Theodosia's family lines.

The Ellington Family of Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi mostly in the areas of Leake, Winston, and Attala Counties in Mississippi.

“The humbling realization that each of us is merely a link in a chain. We may someday be forgotten, but the contribution we make to the chain, however slight, will always be there, and as long as the chain exists, a piece of us will exist, too” by Don Rotenburg

What lessons of the vanity of all human greatness, namely: the power of wealth, the pride of family, the pleasures and gayety of life! All end at last in the grave — all alike blend in one common dust." from The History of Orangeburg, SC

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Hello Gigi,

We wrote to you about the changes in the Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. If you would like to continue with the Project, we can place you in the Biography Team, Level 1 where you can work on improving profiles from your own watchlist to Level 1 of the Profile Standards.

We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions. If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Dear Gigi,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

For those of you who joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If you’re at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hi, Gigi. Your profile currently displays the Mississippi project box. That is supposed to be used only if the project is a profile manager on the profile (which I don't believe you would want  ;-) ). Your profile would be better off with the Mississippi Sticker.
posted by Ellen Smith
Hi there, Gigi! I just did the GEDmatch with your number and mine, and we have a match! It's a small match, but it's still a match nonetheless. This helps confirm (for me) that we share a common ancestor and that some of the information in my family tree must be correct.
posted by Mary Leachman
Good!!! Always glad to meet a cousin.
posted by Gigi (Ward) Tanksley
Thank you, Gigi! I am so happy to meet a cousin!
posted by Mary Leachman
I was going through the list of ancestors on my father's maternal side. Supposedly we are descended from some of the signers of the Magna Carta. I wanted to see how accurate some of the information in my family tree is. I checked to see if I had any DNA matches using GEDmatch. I didn't create many of the profiles in my family tree, so I only recently learned about these ancestors. Finding DNA matches among some of the people who share common ancestors confirms that at least some of this information must be correct.
posted by Mary Leachman
Could Ward-227 be part of this Ward line? Did our GedMatch Autosomal and got an MRCA of 6.9.
posted by James Ward Jr
James private message me. I think e can figure this out if you’re interested.
posted by Gigi (Ward) Tanksley
Hi Gigi. Following up on the research on Tanksley-68. I combed through the 1859 Copiah county and Claiborne county MS tax lists, and Cyrus is not in either county. He does appear on the 1860 Claiborne co. MS tax list, so I figure he only moved there after he married there the previous year. There's no Tanksley in Copiah co. either in 1859 or the 1844 tax list, so I don't know what happened to the ones living there just a couple years before, in 1841. I'm gonna keep checking neighboring counties and see if I can find Cyrus.
posted by Jessica Key
Hi! I keep running into profiles you've added sources to this Source-a-thon Weekend! Hope you are well!
posted by Kathryn Morse
Hi Gigi

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Louisiana Families Project.

To get the most out of collaborating with other project members, if you haven't already done so, please check the project page for the tag and communication methods used and join the conversation. If you would like some guidance about ways in which you can contribute, please ask in G2G using the project tag on your question.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Gigi

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Louisiana Families Project and as we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Gigi

On behalf of the Louisiana Families Project, we are doing a periodic check-in with members. Please review the project page [1], and if you feel you are able and would like to contribute to the project in the upcoming months, please let me know by commenting on my profile or sending a private message. If you have other obligations or interests at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi again Gigi

I've approved your join request to the Southern Pioneer's Google group.

Please add the member sticker to your profile to make your membership official.

  1. Add the Southern Pioneer's Project membership sticker to your WikiTree profile.
posted by David Douglass
Hello Gigi

Thanks for adding the Southern Pioneer's Project to your G2G tag list.

David Douglass Co-Leader Southern Pioneer's Project

posted by David Douglass
Hi Gigi!

Are you ready to get started connecting? It's almost here! See you at the Connect-a-thon starting bright and early tomorrow morning, Friday, July 12, at 8:00 AM EDT (GMT -4), throughout the weekend! Bookmark our Team Page: And keep in touch at: Woohoo!!

posted by Stephanie Ward

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Southern Colonies and Southern Pioneers

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that life happens, interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent their ancestors

The badge will be removed. Very sorry to post this. If you change your mind, please apply again for the badge.

Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project should your interests shift back in this direction.Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Mary ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Gigi,

The stickers are present on Southern Pioneers project page. The page is open, for people to use the sticker on their ancestor profile. But no they do not put the stickers on for you. i belong to many projects and have always had to add my own stickers.


posted by Mary Richardson