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In 1989 he graduated from Fitchburg High School and started at Lyndon State College in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. After two years in the small business program there he transferred to New York University to study economics. He graduated from NYU in 1993.
After college he stayed in New York City and worked as the managing editor of a mail order book catalog called Laissez Faire Books. Before Amazon.com this was the only source for many unusual books on libertarian philosophy and free-market economics. In 1994, he started experimenting with the Internet to sell books for Laissez Faire. The e-mail update list he created there was one of the first of its kind.
In 1995 Chris left his job to create a libertarian community and networking site called Free-Market.Net: The Freedom Network (FMN). This site has been called "the mother of all libertarian websites" for its early work in promoting usage of the Internet among free-market organizations and individuals.
In 1997 he created a non-profit organization in Chicago called The Henry Hazlitt Foundation to be a home for FMN and its newer sister sites including libertarian.org, ifeminists.com and Bureaucrash. The foundation grew to employ five people full-time and more than a dozen people part-time.
In 2000 Chris met Megan McClellan who was finishing her math degree at the University of Chicago.
In 2001 Chris retired from his non-profit work to be more entrepreneurial again. And to pay off his student loans. This led to the creation of FAQ Farm in 2002, which later became WikiAnswers and then Answers.com. WikiAnswers is a collaborative question and answer site where users can ask a question about anything and other users help answer them. The Q&As become permanent resources so that the same question never has to be asked twice.
In 2004 Chris moved back from Chicago to New York City. Megan was offered a job on Wall Street. The next year, in 2005, Megan was offered a job in London and they took that opportunity to see Europe.
In 2006 Chris and Megan returned from England. They bought a home in northern Westchester County, NY.
Late that year Chris sold his WikiAnswers business. During 2007 he worked with Answers.com to integrate the site into their company and take advantage of the new economies of scale. In both 2007 and 2008 WikiAnswers was the fastest growing site among the largest US websites. It is now a top 25 US website and gets millions of visitors per day.
In 2008 Chris began work on this site, WikiTree.
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Chris Whitten's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Chris or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
- Chris Whitten - Family Tree DNA yDNA 67 markers
Family Tree DNA kit 124309
- Chris Whitten - 23andMe
- Ted Whittenkraus - 23andMe
- Becky Syphers - 23andMe
- Chris Whitten - AncestryDNA
GEDMatch ID A820770
Ancestry.com member ciwhitten
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On September 19, 2014 Sally Stovall wrote:
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On August 16, 2014 Eric Jelle wrote:
Thanks for your warm welcome. I don't get over here too much obviously with all that goes on with Genedocs on facebook, but they killed the Genedocs Enhancements profile this past week, lost over 1,180 friends and am rebuilding with a remarkable group page "Genedocs Templates" already has 1200 + folks added in under two days!
On August 13, 2014 Jeanne Scott wrote:
I know this is off the subject but: Do you know what it means when someone states He is your cousin once removed? What does once or twice removed mean. I should probably look on wikianswers but I somehow ended up on this site this am. That is because in the past you have tried to help me with my missing Bagley ancestor which we have never found. JeanneBagelyScott
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On July 17, 2014 Monica Ambs wrote:
I too am new and am struggling with the site. Although the instructions seems quite clear, they boggle my mind. I am working every day and need time to spend here. Perhaps Sunday. Sigh!
On July 17, 2014 Mary Ann Keith wrote:
On July 10, 2014 Doug Lockwood wrote:
This relationship finder is interesting:
Relationship Found: Douglas and Chris are 13th cousins
On July 9, 2014 G Evoy wrote:
WikiTree is a fantastic resource so far and with the networking options available it has brought me closer to more information on my family tree. Just waiting on a response to edit a page and I'll be well on my way to having a more robust wealth of information.
On July 8, 2014 Laura Valdez wrote:
I want to thank you for create that amazing webpage!! Regars, Laura.
On July 3, 2014 Paula J wrote:
I think it may have been nominated. It needs more work but it has been fun!
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On April 28, 2014 Derek Whitten wrote:
I actually found a match when I uploaded my GEDcom file so I'm keen to join the two together.
On April 24, 2014 Lana x wrote:
On April 23, 2014 David Wilson wrote:
On April 6, 2014 Ray Whidden wrote:
I have an Ann Johnson insisting two Abigail Sanborns are the same but shows one to have m. Merrill. I left this message: I see this info comes from Ancestry and don't much trust their user submitted trees. If you have a source citation that shows a marriage between Abigail Sanborn and a Merrill, I'll carefully consider this new info. As it is my previous comment stands [Abigail (Sanborn) Whidden not known to have m. Merrill] as have never seen info linking her to Merrill up until now. Ray CC: Chris Whitten
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On January 19, 2014 Paula J wrote:
I think you are going to have to help me out. What makes sense is to remove all the open profiles. I can add any really important ones back.
Thank you so much,
On January 18, 2014 Paula J wrote:
I actually got a message that I was beyond help and needed to ask you to assist with my contact list. I apologize.
On January 17, 2014 Amanda Moyer wrote:
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On October 17, 2013 Lenese Marek wrote:
Ref: IV - "Copyrights of the Genealogist Honor Code", what can we scan and not scan to post in our geneology tree? For instance, can we upload an Indian census roll? Can we upload a newspaper clipping? Can we upload a part of a document showing particular info on the family member? Or do all these examples break the genealogist honor code?
On October 12, 2013 Michelle Brooks wrote:
hello, i have run into a bit of a problem, and a wikitreer seems to be the only one that can deal with it.
the same person, John Danvers of Banbury, d. 1448, is listed 12 times with 10 different managers.
i have adopted many in this line trying to clean up and add sources. can you 'help' or should i direct my problem elsewhere?
On October 12, 2013 Jeffrey Lehrer wrote:
Just thought I would share this article I compiled.
Thank you for Wikitree.
On September 29, 2013 Alan Melville wrote:
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On September 25, 2013 Marie Chantigny wrote:
re: the Legge's from Lunenburg NS. I, too, think our ancestor families will connect eventually to one another...Until later..Marie
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On July 21, 2013 Deneze Lujanen wrote:
most of the native pic like feathers and stuff i added them so when my family looks they can tell whos native and whos not and when it comes to pics of our native ancestors.. i go right to the native images of the person im looking for.. but if you want to know where they come from sure i will type that too.. thanks
On July 17, 2013 Marsha Auger wrote:
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On June 12, 2013 Kitty Smith wrote:
For the mtDNA, You could ask for comments like the mtDNA haplogroup, HVR1 mutations and/or HVR2 mutations. Other testees will be able to see if they have any matches to your codes.
On June 5, 2013 Malcolm Hutton wrote:
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On May 8, 2013 Peter Beaton wrote:
The Beatons are widespread. I had American relatives, (aunts) but I think all the lines are now ceased. I will be away from home for the next 3 months. I will contact Wikitree when I return.
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On March 3, 2013 Thomas Teters wrote:
I wanted to thank you for editing my ancestors listing. She is related back 8 generations ago in Germany.
" Anna Maria Beckenbach formerly Schmidt ancestors. Born about 1686 in Wunschmichelbach, Hessen, Germanymap Daughter of Christian Schmitt and Catherina Detloff Wife of Johann Adam Beckenbach II — married July 28, 1716 in Eiterbach, Hessen, Germanymap Mother of Johann Adam Beckenbach II, Johann Adam Beckenbach, Eva Maria Beckenbach, Johann Casper Caspar Beckenbach, Georg Adam Beckenbach, Johann Georg Beckenbach, Georg Leonhardt Beckenbach, Anna Barbara Beckenbach, John P. Pickenpaugh and George Peter Beckenbach Died about 1778 in Fredericktown, Frederick, Maryland "
On February 28, 2013 Martin Hallett wrote:
On February 27, 2013 Janice Nelson wrote:
I have more to contribute to this website and look forward to a long relationship with it!
On February 26, 2013 Jeff Novak wrote:
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On February 1, 2013 Harald Vaessin wrote:
I have a german background and in addition to standard High German am still fluid in "Alemanisch" the dialect spoken in the very south-west of Germany, Elsass, and the german speaking part of Switzerland. This may be of help to some with older document sources from these areas.
On February 1, 2013 Linda Thomsen wrote:
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On October 10, 2012 Wanda Dupuy wrote:
Thanks for confirming me as a full member. I look forward to exploring the website and making contributions at some point. You have an interesting and impressive resume!
On October 9, 2012 Ronald Reish wrote:
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On October 5, 2012 Denise Johnson wrote:
On October 5, 2012 Harvey Weiss wrote:
Thank you for adding me as a member. I have been working on my family tree for about 15 years and have hit so many brick walls. I am hoping WIKITREE will help me. Harvey Weiss
On October 5, 2012 Barry Williams wrote:
On October 5, 2012 Caren Maxwell wrote:
Thank you for adding me as a member.
On October 4, 2012 Rebecca Dyer wrote:
ALL THE BEST, REBECCA
On October 3, 2012 Lily Holsworth wrote:
On October 3, 2012 Maria-Mercedes Panqueva wrote:
I appreciate your asking, Chris. These cultural and personal differences sure are relevant to genealogy!
On October 3, 2012 Stephen Sherlock wrote:
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On October 2, 2012 Bánk Borzsák wrote:
Thank you for my membership!
On October 1, 2012 Anonymous Kimpton wrote:
I actually saw the site through Twitter. Which I have also followed
Can you do me a favour and please remove Jim Kimpton who joined in Jan 2012? I have forgotten info about that log in but can provide email address that was possibly used back then
On October 1, 2012 Steve Sparks wrote:
On September 29, 2012 John Cherry wrote:
john Cherry Brisbane, Australia
On September 28, 2012 Anonymous Ward wrote:
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On July 12, 2012 Ray Whidden wrote:
I sent an email with summer discounts by FTDNA, share it with anyone you think might like to take advantage of 25% off DNA testing.
I've added my DNA info & will include linkes to FTDNA Whitten project charts. I don't think you should duplicate the likes of y-search.org and mitosearch.org; we should be encouraging others to make use of their info.
Also, I notice the discussion of propagating DNA info up/down family trees, agree it ok to propagate up but propagating down generate a false sense of what the DNA shows which could only correctly be represented by the results of someone at the bottom being tested and propagating that up as appropriate.
On June 6, 2012 Karen Wilhelm wrote:
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On February 7, 2012 J. Paul Hawthorne wrote:
J. Paul Hawthorne President The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego
On February 6, 2012 Kent Lundquist wrote:
On January 21, 2012 Thomas Teters wrote:
OBTW, I got my yDNA tests back, is there a place to publish them on WikiTree?
Just cuz., TomT
On December 30, 2011 Terry Booth wrote:
On November 27, 2011 Ann Thomas wrote:
I can't believe how much WikiTree has grown, since I first joined. You and your staff have made this so, very easy to get organized and carry on your mission for professionals as well as hobbyist. The more I contribute the more I feel like I know my ancestors,personally, and the more I love my family! You and the WikiTree family are AWESOME. Thanks again and best holiday wishes for all of you and your families. Ann-Marie (Micklon) Thomas
On October 16, 2011 Mark Tucker wrote:
On October 13, 2011 Chris Whitten wrote:
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On August 24, 2011 Ray Whidden wrote:
Has any of your family done DNA tests yet? See a memory on my most distant ancestor Samuel about the five DNA tests done on Whidden/Whitten and Whiddon/Whidden. Cheers, Ray
On July 27, 2011 Kari Lemons wrote:
Maybe people could submit a public page for a wiki tools design contest. I also am wondering if you could add more then 4 generations on the decendent list, I've got 6 that I want to see. thanks Kari
On July 17, 2011 Wesley Ogden wrote:
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On May 18, 2011 Kari Lemons wrote:
I am working on a book for my 25 years of research on my family, and needed a place that several of us can colaborate on the book. I immediately thought wiki and went searching and found your site. It is exactly what I was looking for and some. All of our seperate data is on Ancestry, but here we can work together and join the seperate pieces of the same tree that we have been working on. Our branches have been connected using Y-DNA testing. Do you have any suggestions on how to include the testing results for the line of men the test connects? It would be nice to have a field to check on the males form "DNA test" and them a star would light up on every man affected by the test.
On May 6, 2011 Monica Palmer wrote:
Thanks for the welcome message. I don't just like WikiTree... I love love love it! My two favorite things about it are the different security levels on every single page and item and the "Encyclopedia of You"! Great concepts that make me want to keep adding information! The only thing I see as being a challenge for me is adding source information in my biography. The tags are going to take some getting used to and they don't seem as amazingly user friendly as the rest of the site. Great help section too by the way. Very clear and easy to understand. Alright, I'm done rambling! :) Oops I forgot about the embeddable trees... that will be great on my blog page!
On March 26, 2011 Geneadiva Mere wrote:
Thank you so much for working on Buena Vista Church!!! Margaret Tull
On March 10, 2011 Laary Hilary Cemel wrote:
May WikiTree continue to grow.
On February 26, 2011 Noelani C wrote:
I messaged you late last year about a possible Whitten connection. I am related to Fred Whitten (possibly Frederick?) and I found out a few things about him. We know that he was born around the 1860's or so. We also know that he had a brother named Henry, and his occupation on his son's birth certificate was listed as a jeweler. I am wondering if you know anything about Fred, or if you think that we could possibly be related. I wish I knew more, but it has been extremely difficult to trace. When I was searching Fred Whittens born about 1860, I found the same family that you have (Samuel and Lydia.) The reason I think we may be related is that this was the only family I found that had both a Fred and a Henry.
On February 21, 2011 A Adams wrote:
These files were uploaded to test the capacity of WikiTree to recognize split families and to merge new profiles with existing profiles without rejection or duplication of valid profiles.
Are there any special WikiTree instructions or limitations that speak to split families?
On February 19, 2011 Lori Schultz wrote:
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On January 28, 2011 Sharon Conner wrote:
Thanks for your help in editing my site.
On January 18, 2011 Al Wopshall wrote:
The addition of "Profile public view" and "Profile private view" is a good enhancement to show how well the privacy function works.
On January 17, 2011 Katherine Patterson wrote:
On January 17, 2011 Katherine Patterson wrote:
Is it possible to upload more than one gedcom? Kathy
On January 14, 2011 Melissa Pedron wrote:
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On December 19, 2010 Simon Meade wrote:
While I'm on to you there is one aspect of Wiki Tree that I've been meaning to ask about.
I'm still not clear what a new 'invitee' 'sees' when they visit. As an example I'm about to invite a niece and will do that by adding her name to the tree and then forwarding an invitation. What will she see of the information currently loaded if I give her no permissions, just the invite?
On December 16, 2010 Ray Whidden wrote:
RE: Samuel b. 1852 chg to 1752
On December 15, 2010 Ray Whidden wrote:
Just to let you know I've added the tree for Whidden back to NH/1662. Next time will follow down until the Whittens in ME - there are possibly six or so lines.
First clue is some of the names of the siblings are unique and don't show up in our Whidden/ttens. It's only a clue at this point.
Thanks for the info about your work in the libertarian universe. I ran for provincial and federal elections as a Libertarian candidate in the 1970s when I lived in Ontario. I followed both Rand and Brandon after their split and leaned toward Rand in her criticism of the libertarians. Wished she could have seen the result of Reagan's presidency since she was so opposed to him. I try to imagine what her comments would have been to the fall of the Berlin wall and if she would have acknowledged Reagan's role in that.
Are you aware that "Atlas Shrugged" is coming to film about April 2011 (part one of hopefully a trilogy; this one covers the first part of the book ending with Wyatt disappearing)?
On December 10, 2010 David Padgett wrote:
On December 9, 2010 Ann Borgers wrote:
First thanks for the 1,000 club. Also, thanks for starting a great site! Stumbled upon it by accident. Hope it grows by leaps and bounds! Ann
On December 9, 2010 L. Horst wrote:
Thank you for adding me to the 1000 club, I appreciate it very much. I started out looking for two people, and it took off from there. I would like to have my name added to the Oct. club list.
Thank you for all your efforts Larry Horst
On December 8, 2010 Robin Webster wrote:
On November 19, 2010 Noelani C wrote:
That would be great! It has been difficult to trace, but I will lay out what I know. Our knowledge basically spans from today's Whittens and ends at Fred Whitten. We know his spouse and her children, but Fred has been this huge mystery that my family has been trying to figure out! :)
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On October 25, 2010 Lorrain Leckliter wrote:
Thanks for all the work you have put into this :)
On October 20, 2010 Adam Leos wrote:
Thanks for the message. It's been a lot of fun piecing together my family tree. It's nice to have it all available online to easily share with my relatives.