Chris Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Mr. Chris I. Whitten
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Chris is the founder and CEO of this website, WikiTree. Previous to this he created WikiAnswers (aka "FAQ Farm", now, 2001-2007) and Free-Market.Net (1995-2001).

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Chris grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with his mother Donna and brother Ted. His father Ted and step-mother Vicki were in the nearby town of Ashby.

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 at Lyndon he transferred to New York University. He graduated from NYU with a degree in economics in 1993.

After college he stayed in New York City and worked as the managing editor of a small mail order book catalog named Laissez Faire Books. Before 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 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 sister sites including, 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.

The next year, Chris left 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 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 and Megan moved back from Chicago to New York City. 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 to integrate the site into their company. In both 2007 and 2008 WikiAnswers was the fastest growing site among the largest US websites. It became a top 25 US website with millions of visitors per day.

In 2008 Chris began work on this site, WikiTree, and has been working on it full-time ever since.


  • DNA confirmation of paternal relationship based on 23andMe tests taken by Chris and Ted showing "47.6% DNA shared across 22 segments" according to 23andMe.
  • Confidence of maternal relationship based on eye witness reports from mother and father. :-)

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On March 20, 2015 at 12:41GMT Robert Hathaway wrote:

It sure is a small world Chris, and getting smaller!

Back in the day I had more that a couple fun times at Lyndon State. While you were enrolled I was working the door at Nectar's in Burlington most nights (or Sha Na Na's, 3 Needs, Club Metronome, or Bambino's depending). If you ever went out in B-town we likely met in person. I would have been the small clean-cut guy that all the big burly guys listened to... at least the 2nd time :)

If you travel to or through Vermont again, don't spend a dime on a hotel room... we gotcha covered!

On March 1, 2015 at 06:21GMT David Wilson wrote:

Greetings WkiTreer CIC and Cuz!

Thanks for the ROOTSTECH show ;-D


* David *

On February 15, 2015 at 06:06GMT Elyse Doerflinger wrote:

It looks like the WikiTree team had a great time at RootsTech this year! I was following Tami and Eowyn on Facebook and it looks like a great time was had by all. I was definitely green with envy at all the fun and totally missing everyone!

On February 14, 2015 at 17:42GMT Andreas West wrote:

Hi Chris,

I'd like to join the WikiTree Apps project. I do have ideas for apps that automate certain task for (and hopefully then for other interested users as well) their profile to be edited.

My ideas are already inserted in the idea list: WikiTree Apps Ideas

On February 4, 2015 at 20:13GMT Amy Casil wrote:

I'm blown away. I do professional business planning & development and let's just say - everything is right-on. Plus I'm a libertarian sci fi writer in my spare time.

On February 4, 2015 at 19:54GMT Amy Casil wrote:

BOH! I tell you what, for the site founder to say "hello" to new members? It does not get any better than that. Thank you so, Chris! I don't know how much help I can be ... but I guess every bit helps.

On February 4, 2015 at 19:44GMT Amy Casil wrote:

Thank you Chris! I am way far from a professional genealogist, and in fact know little about it. But I have written 26 nonfiction books and write many words a day and have academic access for research purposes. My grandmother had researched her father's family extensively and our family had a genealogy of his family (he isn't yet on my profile but will be). She was proud they could trace his family back more than 10 generations and they were of course pre-Mayflower in Nova Scotia. So I did HER mother, about whose family she spoke little (but did talk a lot about her so I knew her maiden name and date of birth and place of birth. SURPRISE - the real goldmine was her mother in this regard. So yes, moms, grandmas, aunts, etc. They are good too.

On January 28, 2015 at 21:31GMT Susan Chaplin wrote:

Still finding my way around Chris

On January 28, 2015 at 19:37GMT R. P. Nicholson wrote:

Hi Chris, I have been trying to my ancestors but have not found a good program yet, I am looking to see if this one will do the job.

On January 22, 2015 at 10:49GMT Elkin Fricke wrote:

Hi Chris, yes the printed was given to me by my Uncle. I had no idea we had something like that. My grandmother had taken it and expanded it with a lot of her data. Especially those parts about the two world wars. I have made PDFs of all those documents and now have to learn how to upload them here (if possible).

On January 21, 2015 at 22:26GMT Cathy Burns wrote:

Thanks for the encouragement and welcome, Chris! I'll do my best!

On January 21, 2015 at 20:23GMT Tim Cruse wrote:

Thanks Chris fro the GEDCOM help. I will take your advice and pass. Please feel free to pass on any tidbits that may help a novice :)

On January 21, 2015 at 19:41GMT Dwight Monk wrote:

Thanks for the welcome! Genealogies have always fascinated me, and I'm really excited to have a website like this available. Thanks for creating it.

On January 8, 2015 at 18:24GMT Beverly Rittenberry wrote:

Thank you Chris for approving me.

On January 8, 2015 at 11:54GMT Dennise Hochenedel wrote:


On January 7, 2015 at 21:06GMT Matteo Gornati wrote:

Hey thanks! :)

On January 5, 2015 at 17:27GMT Cecil Deyo wrote:

Just received your note re Oldford family in Newfoundland. Just started to input my Oldford family in WikiTree, so we may connect as family.


On November 30, 2014 at 18:39GMT Lana x wrote:

Hi Chris, I just wanted to say thank you for the "Current" information on the bugs fixes and a more in depth explanation of how the database functions. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the WikiTree and understanding the complexities of building this Tree.

Still on a learning curve and am Happy Wikitreeing! !Lana 483

On November 15, 2014 at 16:32GMT Bonnie Berg wrote:

Hi Chris, While I support completely the need for one tree, I am rather frustrated with the need to be a trusted contributor for my grandfather. I have been trying to add him and his ancestors but have not received permission. What happens when the administrator is traveling, sick or dead? I am about to decide my time is better spent on other sites, but I don' want to give up, yet.- Bonnie

On November 1, 2014 at 03:30GMT Pamela Lloyd wrote:

Hi Chris, our mutual cousins Alison and Matt have (more or less unintentionally) led me to the discovery that you and I are 11th cousins 4 times removed. We are both descendants of John Harrington, who was my 10th great-grandfather and your 14th. ~Pamela

P.S. I really like the new relationship finder and the way it shows our many joint ancestors!

On October 31, 2014 at 13:03GMT Alison Andrus wrote:

Hi Chris,

With Thomas Mix as our common ancestor, we are 10th cousins once removed. ;-)

On October 27, 2014 at 18:22GMT Blaine Bettinger wrote:

Thank you Chris! Uploading a GEDCOM is something I should have done ages ago! I am committing to being a better WikiTree user, and to exploring the DNA and relationship generator functions! Blaine

On October 26, 2014 at 19:14GMT Mary Maslayak wrote:

Thanks Chris. I have already met some of my Ukrainian relatives. It is those that are Ukrainians living in Poland that I am trying to find.

On October 25, 2014 at 03:22GMT Robert Hathaway wrote:

Chris is my 8th cousin.

On October 24, 2014 at 04:29GMT Lajla Lindgren wrote:


I look forward to cooperate with you all!

On October 24, 2014 at 02:14GMT Fred Adamson wrote:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the heads up. I went back and tightened up all my messages, then checked to make sure they were not running "outside the box" when I posted the comment. I think I misunderstood you before. I was having difficulty when I first starting greeting with my messages running past the dotted line box perimeter. You had mentioned that a space at the beginning was a code not to break the line. Evidently, we were talking about different lines. Anyway, thanks again. I do have another do I provide a link for the people I greet to things like G2G or Honor Code, to cite two examples. (Did I give myself away that I have ZERO computer skills?) Thanks Chris...any and all help is greatly appreciated. Fred

On October 16, 2014 at 02:33GMT Robin Kabrich wrote:

Well, it appears that Whitten-1 and Kabrich-1 are cousins!

Chris and Robin are 10th cousins 1 time removed, John Rogers is the common ancestor . . .news to me!

On October 14, 2014 at 23:53GMT Brian Ward wrote:

Chris and Brian are 12th cousins

On October 11, 2014 at 19:31GMT David Wilson wrote:

Hi Chris,

Please note the "Bug" in my profile page is only a Halloween spoof and not a potential glitch... LOL

Thanks for all you do!

* David *

On October 5, 2014 at 12:41GMT Anne B wrote:

HI Chris, There's one of those merging notices (regarding 400 yr old ancestors) on Atwood-3. Your name is signed to it. It says Atwood-75 is the final ID. Obviously that message has been ignored. You might want to remove the message or look into it.

On October 4, 2014 at 17:57GMT M. Gaulden wrote:

Hey Chris, A fellow researcher and WikiTreeer (Howard Waldrop) found this: 1772, Will of Joseph Rentfro, Esq. witnessed by James Hunt and proved by James Hunt 25 Mar. 1776. [Joida Whitten, "Bedford Co. VA Wills" p. 63, of WB 1, pp. 243-245] Does this one belong to you? Mags

On September 30, 2014 at 21:50GMT Rhel McIntyre wrote:

Thank you Chris. Yes, managed to find the solution to my problem with Agatha. Being very new to this, I will get there!

On September 27, 2014 at 19:45GMT Carol Braden wrote:

Where/Whom do I go resend or FIND "it"...I or someone - deleted my files as it was being okayed. I had a file up to 10 generations.

On September 24, 2014 at 22:40GMT Michael Kitchens wrote:

Thanks Chris, The concept here on Wikitree is that which I have used to create various trees during those slow periods which we all encounter. The duplications on the IGI are quite frustrating as a person can have many birth dates, for example sometimes 100 years apart! I have been merging folks in these trees for years. I should enjoy being part of this project.

On September 24, 2014 at 20:57GMT Fred Adamson wrote:

Thanks Chris, that is a great tip. Hopefully I won't run into any snags tonight. I felt bad because you want to give a good first impression.


On September 15, 2014 at 14:40GMT Sharon Dalrymple wrote:

Thank you for your welcome Chris, I am genuinely excited by this project. I started researching my family tree in the days before email, computers etc, had to do it on foot visiting libraries, churches, cemeteries and so on, great experience walking in the steps of my ancestors, down side all my research hand written and photocopied and in suit cases, cant wait to add it all to wiki tree and save it for future generations and expand the wiki tree, so so exciting a project, thank you again, Sharon

On September 13, 2014 at 06:49GMT Manny Perea wrote:

Thanks for the welcome, Chris. Love the site and the opportunity it gives us amateur genealogists!

On September 9, 2014 at 00:35GMT Paula Hinkel wrote:

Thanks so much for your welcome, Chris. I have been meaning to contribute to WikiTree for some time, but Jamboree kept me away from my own research. Now that I'm retired, I can get back to my own search. WikiTree is going to be a huge benefit. Thank you for creating this amazing resource. Thanks to Tami and Eowyn and the others.

On September 3, 2014 at 15:19GMT Christina Goding wrote:

Thank you Chris, I love what you are doing here...this is a great idea. I have found some of my way-back ancestors here and I'm hoping to fill out the tree with folks that aren't on the tree yet here!

On August 28, 2014 at 01:56GMT Brenda Smith wrote:

Hello Chris, Thank you so much for starting WikiTree. I spend hours everyday on here and I love it. As a matter of fact, we're cousins... 11th cousins, twice removed, actually ;)

On August 21, 2014 at 05:40GMT Caron de Kock wrote:

Hi Chris, Thanks for the warm welcome into the 'family'.

On August 16, 2014 at 19:36GMT Eric Jelle wrote:

Hi Chris,
  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 at 13:30GMT Jean Scott wrote:

Hi CHris
 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

On July 30, 2014 at 15:13GMT Kayla Gunderson wrote:

Thank you for your warm welcome, Chris! I look forward to becoming more involved with the WikiTree community and uncovering new familial connections. How interesting that your wife has family in Wisconsin, perhaps there is a connection there! Hope all is well. :)

On July 28, 2014 at 23:44GMT June Butka wrote:

Thank you, Chris. I'm looking forward to sharing my family to WikiTree. Hopefully find some answers to unanswered questions or provide them to others. June

On July 17, 2014 at 20:37GMT Renee Malloy wrote:

Hello Chris, Nice to meet you. YES, my mother's family was from Fitchburg, Mass. How long have you all lived there? My grandmother was TUTTLE, and COLE. How long have you been searching for your cousins? Thanks for connecting, Renee

On July 17, 2014 at 04:06GMT Monica Ambs wrote:

Hi Chris Thanks again for the information.

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 at 02:30GMT Mary Ann Keith wrote:

Thanks, Chris, but I'm not sure how much help I'm going to be. I'm still struggling (2nd day) and not exactly sure what I'm doing yet!

Mary Ann

On July 10, 2014 at 01:20GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Hello Cousin

This relationship finder is interesting:

Relationship Found: Douglas and Chris are 13th cousins

On July 9, 2014 at 20:32GMT G Evoy wrote:

Thanks, Chris.

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 at 02:11GMT Laura Valdez wrote:

Hi Chris!!

I want to thank you for create that amazing webpage!! Regars, Laura.

On July 3, 2014 at 18:03GMT Paula J wrote:

Thank you Chris! I knew Johnny Appleseed was supposed to be in the Chapman family line (Mom's dad's family) and turned out he was the son of another profile you helped me with, Nathaniel Chapman. He is a "local hero" in three states. I think it's interesting that people used to believe he wasn't real.

I think it may have been nominated. It needs more work but it has been fun!

On July 3, 2014 at 17:58GMT Matt Pryber wrote:

hey Chris this weeks profile of the week is a special topic, but Ill nominate johnny appleseeds next week

On June 22, 2014 at 23:10GMT Pamela Lloyd wrote:

Hi Chris! You recently removed a merge between two profiles for Edward Boykin (Boykin-80 & Boykin-11), but when I attempt to view Boykin-80, I only see Boykin-11. I'm not sure I understand what's happening here. Wouldn't the removal of a merge put both profiles back in place, as they were prior to the merge? Thanks!

On June 20, 2014 at 21:54GMT Kim Whitten wrote:

Hi Chris! Thanks for writing to me! I have been doing family research for a few years on ancestry, but thought I'd try this as well. So far, I have traced the Whitten name back to Richard Whitten who was born in 1654. I will be adding more information over the next few weeks, so maybe we'll find out that we are related!! My dad, Robert David Whitten, passed away in September of last year, and it renewed my interest in this research as his family was not close at all. I also recently found out that his sister Barbara (Whitten) Tibbetts passed away as well.. there aren't many of us left.

On June 1, 2014 at 01:26GMT Suanne Morgan wrote:

Thank you for answering. My mother's maiden name is Graves but my grandmother was Kathrene Howe, Anniston Alabama, patenal side and Dunwoody on her maternal side

On May 31, 2014 at 02:52GMT Jo Dunn wrote:

Thanks Chris for your welcome. I am a complete novice but have a keen interest and am learning so much in the short time ( 12 months) I have been compiling my family tree. It's great to have experienced people to ask for advice.Much appreciated.

On May 28, 2014 at 15:50GMT Paula J wrote:

Thanks Chris!! Much better. On the iPhone the middle white part fits all the way against the left side with only a strip showing on the right. And I have to say that Wooten Harris looked like an old war veteran with the battle raging behind him but on that white background he looks like a lost Alzheimer patient!

On May 24, 2014 at 23:32GMT Don Jones wrote:

Thanks Chris, I'm not on Facebook.


On May 8, 2014 at 12:31GMT Glenda Doyle wrote:

I have that she was born in Mississippi and her daddy was born in Georgia. So that's the south and I live in Tennessee, so that's the south. I don't know any farther back than that on that side.

On May 8, 2014 at 11:59GMT Glenda Doyle wrote:

I didn't get very far working on this. It's hard doing this on my phone. My great grandmother was a Whitten maybe we're kin. Lol.

On May 1, 2014 at 19:53GMT Nathan Bowen wrote:

Thanks Chris, Your site is amazing! I wish you only the best!

On April 28, 2014 at 11:56GMT Derek Whitten wrote:

Thanks for your welcome Chris! I only started researching my family tree just before Christmas, but have had quite a bit of success so far. Hoping to start merging bits of my webtree with the WikiTree soon, but want to get a bit more familiar with this site before I do.

I actually found a match when I uploaded my GEDcom file so I'm keen to join the two together.

On April 24, 2014 at 16:41GMT Lana x wrote:

Hi Chris , I was attempting to assist an anon who is trying to access WikiTree sight and am unable to answer question. What do you typically do or recommend so they receive an answer? Thanks,Lana

On April 23, 2014 at 04:29GMT David Wilson wrote:

Thanks for all you do!

David *

On April 6, 2014 at 23:34GMT 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

On March 31, 2014 at 13:45GMT Mark Stuckenborg wrote:

Thanks for the fix Chris. This lock can be easily reproduced by adding a grandparent which has no PM to your tree; if the parent has a privacy level of not listed, the grandparent becomes locked to all. If you have troubles replicating this, let me know.

On March 30, 2014 at 22:35GMT Mark Stuckenborg wrote:

Hi Chris, Thanks for your comment on G2G! I ran across a glitch in the system and I'm not sure who to take it up with, so why not Chris himself, LOL! When I add deceased grandparents or step parents to my tree, the system switches them from white to yellow privacy levels. Now I can not add myself as a PM or do anything else for that matter. In fact, no one can. I tried to totally disassociate myself and now Crow-968 is totally locked with no way of changing anything on that profile. Help!

On March 23, 2014 at 13:33GMT David Wilson wrote:

Hello 12th Cousin!

I've started a new fad at the tail of my bio to assist in collaboration.

David *

On March 21, 2014 at 17:06GMT Paula J wrote:

Thanks Chris! How embarrassing! Amazing what you miss working on an iPhone. You are the perfect person to ask - should I delete the DAR and SAR records from the top?

On March 20, 2014 at 13:22GMT Anne Bradshaw wrote:

Thanks, Chris. Great to be here. Taking baby steps but finding my way around.

On March 2, 2014 at 22:16GMT M. Gaulden wrote:

Hey Chris?



On March 2, 2014 at 18:07GMT Gordon Lockett wrote:

Thank-you Chris. I donated the two Lockett family bibles I came across to the Library of Virginia, vital records for that time frame were mostly lost in the civil war, both bibles can be viewed on-line at the archives of The Library of Virginia:Lockett Family Bible

On February 27, 2014 at 03:28GMT Abby Glann wrote:

Thanks for the edits on the GFR project page and logo!

On February 22, 2014 at 15:41GMT Crystal Rafuse wrote:

Thank you Chris! I will take a look back and see what I can find from my sources about this!

On February 2, 2014 at 16:59GMT Hans Jørgen Kølle wrote:

Hi Chris! Will read the article later as I am rather busy. just passing number 216 within 3 hours! - Thank you!

On January 19, 2014 at 22:52GMT Paula J wrote:

Hello again Chris,

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 at 17:28GMT Paula J wrote:

Hi Chris,

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 at 22:26GMT Amanda Moyer wrote:

a thank you - still getting the hang of this.

On January 14, 2014 at 23:12GMT Jana Last wrote:

Thank you Chris! I didn't know about the virtual postcards on WikiTree. How fun! I also have vintage postcards from my grandparents' collection that I share in a separate blog called Grandpa's Postcards. Thanks for reading my blog post about my Engle Family Postcard Adventure in my genealogy blog, and for your kind comments. Jana

On December 18, 2013 at 23:50GMT Lauren Conte wrote:

I am honored by your post on my Bulletin Board and can't thank you enough for this wonderful website. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

On December 11, 2013 at 13:41GMT Marsha Auger wrote:

I noticed your update of a marriage date for Elizabeth Collicutt managed by Ginny Basken. Should this profile be merged with the Elizabeth Collicutt, whose profile I manage? I can't seem to sort this out.

On December 10, 2013 at 15:45GMT April Dauenhauer wrote:

Chris I am so glad that you like my blog posts about WikiTree - it is all straight from the heart. Yesterday was my birthday and I count your compliment as one of my nicest presents. Thank you.

On December 4, 2013 at 23:25GMT Tammy DiGiorgio wrote:

You posted an answer to my ? but there isn't an answer....well, there is but that Profile Mgr. has not been on since 2010. I have cancer and am just looking for med. info on my birth mother Judith R. Schramm

On November 8, 2013 at 05:14GMT Melissa King wrote:

Dna tests: when I get them done, where are the links that I need to send and hiw do I find out what im asking for?

On October 17, 2013 at 22:08GMT Lenese Marek wrote:

Didn't know who to ask but, we need to be very careful about what we scan and put on our tree concerning copyright laws. So the question is:

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 at 18:24GMT Michelle Brooks wrote:

[went ahead and sent merge requests to all managers --- is there an easier way on profiles this old?]

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 at 01:05GMT Jeffrey Lehrer wrote:

Hi Chris,

Just thought I would share this article I compiled.

Thank you for Wikitree.

Regards Jeffrey

On September 29, 2013 at 17:04GMT Alan Melville wrote:

can you add Genebase DNA tests to your list... thanks


On September 28, 2013 at 22:00GMT Theresa Hood wrote:

Pity Ducie Hillman Hood cannot get her facts right or her tree and stop claiming relatives that are nothing to do with her

On September 25, 2013 at 16:06GMT Marie Chantigny wrote:

Hi Chris: Thank you for your message

re: the Legge's from Lunenburg NS. I, too, think our ancestor families will connect eventually to one another...Until later..Marie

On September 25, 2013 at 04:26GMT Trudy Carroll wrote:

If I skip names that I have no DOB at the moment and continue to upload new info to My Heritage Family tree on my computer will I be able to create another file and uploadload it complete or do I have to figure out what ones I did not previously upload and upload only them.

On September 20, 2013 at 13:51GMT Stanislav Hostomský wrote:

Thank You for GEDCOM export from my account with accented letter.

On September 19, 2013 at 17:26GMT Liz Shifflett wrote:

Awesome new feature Chris! and love the "Big Heart" badge :D

On September 18, 2013 at 02:16GMT Nae X wrote:

I am not sure why the 'thank you' came, but I do appreciate it. Nice surprise. So, I "Thank you" back....and then I look at your profile.  :0 I think I will save that comment. Sort of scary that lil' ol' me came to your attention. Yes, I rattle cages, if it will make things better in general. An analytical and structured mind here. If I can help, I will.

On August 23, 2013 at 11:45GMT Bob Dunford wrote:

please can you help.traced my family dunford back to marys church liverpool john dunford born 1812 baptized at st marys church liverpool.father john dunford mother martha dunford.cannot trace there marraige to find out maiden name of martha.found there other sons and john dunford and martha living in bevington strret liverpool 1831.would this help .searches have told me we cannot find this marraige in england and wales try ireland which i have still cannot find john and martha.please can you help in any way

On August 6, 2013 at 21:42GMT M Lechner wrote:

Thank you for G2G comment.

On August 1, 2013 at 13:08GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

Aw, hey, it's the thought that counts. Thank you very much! :)

On July 25, 2013 at 17:32GMT Michael Hruska wrote:

Hi Chris, I just wanted to personally thank you for creating this great website! I have only been on here for a month and am nowhere near where I want to be with my research but then again is there really even an end to the knowledge one can gather? Regardless, I already know that this is a community I need and will never leave. So thank you for creating this great website and continuing to be a big driving force behind its success. -Mike

On July 23, 2013 at 20:29GMT Michele Bergin wrote:

Hi Chris, I think the isle of Sheppy is a favourite with Londoners. My parents loved it so much they moved us here. So much easier to access now that they have updated the old Kingsferry bridge and given us a new bridge straight on to the motorway.

Regards Michele

On July 21, 2013 at 08:13GMT Deneze Lujanen wrote:

hey Chris

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

Deneze Lujanen

On July 17, 2013 at 13:25GMT Marsha Auger wrote:

Hi Chris! Would it help establish our Legge ancestry, if I were to do a DNA test? If so, let me know which I should take, please.

On July 13, 2013 at 12:44GMT Jack Givens wrote:

I'm looking forward to making a contribution.

On July 12, 2013 at 16:00GMT Betty Tindle wrote:

Thank you for answering my question regarding gedcom info. I didn't think it would need to be checked..but hey. Never assume, ya know? Murphy's Law rules my life. LOL

On July 10, 2013 at 16:45GMT Marie Burnett wrote:

Thanks, Chris, for all creating a great community to work with!

On July 9, 2013 at 20:33GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

You betcha, happy to help! :)

On June 19, 2013 at 10:39GMT J Pictet wrote:

Thanks for the star and the nice words.

On June 12, 2013 at 20:30GMT Kitty Smith wrote:

DNA page is very cool. I especially like the links to the tesing company page.

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 at 20:30GMT Malcolm Hutton wrote:

Thanks Chris but I cannot see how to merge the pages, Malcolm Hutton

On May 29, 2013 at 20:44GMT Pamela Lloyd wrote:

Thanks for the welcome, Chris! I love the friendly spirit I find on WikiTrees. :)

On May 23, 2013 at 19:37GMT Clive Cargill wrote:

can you explain the 'merge' reference : Reginald Thomas Cargill ?

On May 22, 2013 at 23:42GMT Judy Gillard wrote:

Hi Chris thanks for the merge I would love more info on the Beatons

thanks Judy

On May 8, 2013 at 23:30GMT Peter Beaton wrote:

Thank you Chris,

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.

On May 2, 2013 at 01:04GMT Bobby Phelan wrote:

Thank you Mr. Whitten for post.

On April 30, 2013 at 23:40GMT Douglas Hunt wrote:

Thanks for the welcome note!

On April 25, 2013 at 15:56GMT J Overland wrote:

Thank you Chris for the "picture comments" answer. I thought I was going nuts. It worked at first then nothing. I am adding pictures to my tree, I will space out the time.

On April 19, 2013 at 00:09GMT Trib Triboulet wrote:

Thank you for that Chris!


On April 14, 2013 at 18:06GMT Jennifer Dunn wrote:

Thank you for the warm welcome to the community, Chris! I plan to start uploading Gedcom's ASAP. Can't wait to collaborate!

On April 13, 2013 at 12:20GMT Deborah F wrote:

Thank you Chris. My profile is a bit empty right now. I am a bit shy about putting so much personal information out on the web. I predate most of the online genealogy having started my research in the 1990s. When the advent of online sites began I was thrilled to see archival material appear online and to have other researchers with which to discuss things. Sadly online genealogy has become a hot mess filled with sloppy research, no documentation, and "name collectors" who pay a pretty penny to well advertized genealogy sites to pick up a questionably researched family tree. I am really looking forward to sharing data and bouncing around a hypothesis or two with real researchers who have rolled their sleeves up and who have actually visited an archival library.

On April 8, 2013 at 04:40GMT Robin Craig wrote:

Thank you for your help with my Dyer family merges. Colonial America/Puritans/Great Migration profiles are proving to be the greatest challenge I have faced on Wikitree, but it has been fun and educational.

On April 7, 2013 at 00:59GMT Tim Harbinson wrote:

Thank you Chris, for nominating Allen-9252.jpg for family picture of the week funny thing is that you nominated it the day after I decided to take it down because I found in my fathers photos the original without my Great Grandmother's head cut off... Now I dont want to take it down, but I will still put the whole shot up...

On April 1, 2013 at 21:52GMT Terry Wright wrote:

hi chris thanks uderstand now but how do you second a photo is it when you vote on the photo Terry

On April 1, 2013 at 21:02GMT Terry Wright wrote:

hi chris i am really excited about being a member for the photo of the week but when i click on to the photo i carnt see where i vote or second a photo TERRY

On March 22, 2013 at 15:38GMT None Unknown wrote:

Thank you for explaining why I could not add a living person.

On March 18, 2013 at 15:18GMT Peter Kasper wrote:

i m only beginner, so i ll see how goes it here.. how are you?

On March 3, 2013 at 18:51GMT Thomas Teters wrote:

Greetings Chris,
 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 at 20:02GMT Martin Hallett wrote:

Thanks Chris. So many choices, but Wikitree seems a great, community-based option.

On February 27, 2013 at 06:26GMT Janice Nelson wrote:

Thank for the kind comment Chris. You certainly sound as though you have done a lot with your young life based on libertarian ideals and the wisdom to know that economics make the world tick! I certainly did not possess that knowledge when I made a career choice. Nonetheless I enjoyed my nursing career and the values it contributed to the person I am today. Although I was born in Canada I now live in Scotland having lived in England and Europe since 1958.

I have more to contribute to this website and look forward to a long relationship with it!

On February 26, 2013 at 21:56GMT Jeff Novak wrote:

thanks for the message chris

On February 26, 2013 at 20:51GMT Edith Weickenkas wrote:

thanks for your nice and warm welcome ... i try my best sharing ... still got a little problems with the gedcom ... ;)

On February 19, 2013 at 15:46GMT Cathy Champion wrote:

I received a series of emails that ended with this: "06:50: Roger Travis edited the Biography for Charlotte MacKrell." He and another person "decided" that Charlotte isn't related to Henry Squire. I have info found on Ancestry to that says otherwise, not from family trees. I sent an email last night to him saying what I have seen about Charlotte but I guess he didn't see it and so deleted all info about her except the fact of her birth. I am very upset in that two people can "think" someone should be taken out of a family and does it "just like that". What about those of us who don't go along with their idea? I guess anyone can delete anything they want now on this site. Can I remove myself from this "group" of people and reattach MY research?

On February 13, 2013 at 21:22GMT Deborah Ruth wrote:

Hi Chris, You are welcome to take over Mary Spaeth, if you want. She's on a far-flung branch for me.

On February 7, 2013 at 22:04GMT Janet Edwards wrote:

Thanks Chris. I look forward to learning the ins & outs of wikitree. Also to getting my family history online & helping others do the same.

On February 1, 2013 at 20:00GMT Harald Vaessin wrote:

Thank you very much! I look forward to learn how to use the site and hopefully make contribute.

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 at 04:26GMT Linda Thomsen wrote:

Thank you for the welcome, Chris. I'll take a while to get to know Wikitree, but already I'm finding it very interesting

On January 23, 2013 at 21:25GMT Ray Whidden wrote:

Chris, You suggest that James Whidden - Whidden-12, Whidden-3, Whidden-45 and Whidden-49 be merged but I'm doing my best to add sources and these profiles have additional info with no sources that make them look like another James Whidden, even though they include some common info. Do I contact their caretakers and ask for the profile to be cleaned up/sourced or what? At this point a merge would end up with more problems than solutions. The marriage of James to Mary (Guild) [McNutt] [Lynds] Whidden is shown as 1740 but I have after 1768, making her either the second or third marriage. Prescott records show a James Whidden m. Abigail Prescott and I have evidence a James Whidden married Abigail (unknown) Prescott bef. 1758. Ray Whidden

On January 21, 2013 at 17:28GMT Marjorie Kemp wrote:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Chris. I'm just getting started and it's a bit overwhelming, so it was nice to get a personal message.

On January 13, 2013 at 16:02GMT Adam Smith wrote:

Thanks Chris!

On January 13, 2013 at 02:04GMT Tonya Bernardi wrote:

Thank you for the welcome, Chris

On January 11, 2013 at 21:43GMT Cath Gartmann wrote:

Thank you

On January 10, 2013 at 20:23GMT Daniel Webb wrote:

Thank you for the welcome, Chris. Very impressed with the site!

On January 10, 2013 at 05:26GMT Michael Fitzpatrick wrote:

Thanks Chris!

On January 8, 2013 at 03:57GMT Jill Gartrell wrote:

Thank you for the add Chris, hopefully we can all help each other grow one BIG Tree!

On January 5, 2013 at 18:18GMT Rosey T wrote:

Thank you. I hope to finally find some ancestors.

On December 19, 2012 at 22:02GMT Earl Cherry wrote:

Thanks Chris! I'll do what I can. I am looking forward to finding as much of my family's history as I can. If I can help others find theirs in the process, then it's that much better!

On December 12, 2012 at 17:37GMT Elaine O'Neill wrote:

Thanks for the welcome, Chris. I'm looking forward to making some family connections.

On November 7, 2012 at 13:25GMT Joe Bissett wrote:

Wow! To have all of those updates to one of my files from THE MAN himself!! Thanks Chris. Joe Bissett

On November 1, 2012 at 10:12GMT Jacqui Paulson wrote:

Thanks Chris. I hope I can help others and get some info myself also.

On October 31, 2012 at 21:41GMT Joseph McAllister wrote:

Thanks for the welcome Chris. I'm a retired Photographer (sorta) who began looking into my father's family back in 2008, with confidence my cousins who preceded me in the endeavor were useless in not being able to get past my great grandfathers birth in 1832 Virginia. Now I'm the dummy who can't get anywhere either. Know the names of my g g grandfather and grandmother, but can find no documentation on him, and little on her other than the census' in 1840 & 1850 when she was already married to J McAllister, and he had probably died, as she was head of household.

On October 27, 2012 at 23:35GMT Bruce Kercher wrote:

Thanks for the welcome Chris. I'm a retired legal historian with a particular interest in early Australia. I might be able to help with some queries about convicts in particular.

On October 19, 2012 at 12:56GMT M Lechner wrote:

Thank you

On October 12, 2012 at 03:39GMT Sandy Barnett wrote:

Love all the help. You are truley appreciated

On October 11, 2012 at 21:01GMT William Baxter wrote:

Hi Chris, Thanks for your welcome. William

On October 10, 2012 at 22:23GMT 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 at 20:07GMT Ronald Reish wrote:

I want to get on the trusted list. How do I do it

On October 5, 2012 at 17:29GMT Phin Baugher wrote:

Thanks I look forward to adding to this effort.

On October 5, 2012 at 15:40GMT Denise Johnson wrote:

Thank you for adding me on WikiTree. I have been a genealogist for 34 years, carrying on the genealogy research of my mother and grandmother. I'm hoping WIKITREE will help me break through a few brick walls that I do have.

On October 5, 2012 at 13:54GMT Harvey Weiss wrote:

Hi Chris

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 at 12:59GMT Barry Williams wrote:

I want to add my family tree and do some research.

On October 5, 2012 at 07:53GMT Caren Maxwell wrote:

Hi Chris,

Thank you for adding me as a member.

On October 4, 2012 at 14:59GMT Rebecca Dyer wrote:



On October 3, 2012 at 19:00GMT Lily Holsworth wrote:

This Web site is very well done! Thanks for creating it for all!

On October 3, 2012 at 15:36GMT Maria-Mercedes Panqueva wrote:

Hmmm, I don't believe so; not necessarily. In my case, hyphenation was a personal response to how I became addressed in the USA. I wanted people in the USA to call me Maria Mercedes but that did not happen. At least folks now recognize that my name is NOT Maria alone. I did not like to be called Maria OR Mercedes although I have come to accept this some. When I married I became Maria Coppinger. That represented a complete loss of identity to me. To make things worse, my mother-in-law was Marie and our birthdays were very close. Our legal and medical records got mixed up and this lasted almost a decade after she died.

I appreciate your asking, Chris. These cultural and personal differences sure are relevant to genealogy!

On October 3, 2012 at 14:26GMT Stephen Sherlock wrote:

Hello Chris, many thanks for helping me join WikiTree. I'll do my best to support it for what it is intended for, family research.

On October 3, 2012 at 12:43GMT Jacqueline Cahill wrote:

Thank-you Chris, I will do my best!

On October 3, 2012 at 12:33GMT Andre Corbeil wrote:

thanks Chris for the info, I am still looking on how to download my tree in wekitree if it's ok with all I will write in english since it's an occasion for me to practice.

On October 3, 2012 at 11:43GMT Sheila Whitehead wrote:

Thank you Chris! What a wonderful resource and a great community!

On October 2, 2012 at 12:45GMT Bánk Borzsák wrote:

Hi Chris,

Thank you for my membership!

On October 1, 2012 at 15:02GMT Anonymous Kimpton wrote:

Thanks Chris

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 at 14:44GMT Steve Sparks wrote:

Thanks, Chris. I'm looking forward to contributing, learning and helping.

On September 29, 2012 at 00:19GMT John Cherry wrote:

Chris, congrats on creating this website. I have been looking for a vehicle to put my extensive family tree on which has been developed from primary sources and I quite like the objectives and ethos of what you have created.

john Cherry Brisbane, Australia

On September 28, 2012 at 17:33GMT Anonymous Ward wrote:

Thanks so much Chris. I really think I am going to enjoy this.

On September 26, 2012 at 15:04GMT Michelle Becker wrote:

Hi Chris! Thanks for welcoming me aboard.Im very new in this but very eager to learn! Greets from Michelle in Germany

On July 14, 2012 at 14:01GMT Edwin Bentley wrote:

Thanks for responding to my request to join WikiTree.


On July 12, 2012 at 04:05GMT Ray Whidden wrote:

Hi Chris,

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 and; 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.

Cheers, Ray

On June 6, 2012 at 14:44GMT Karen Wilhelm wrote:

Thanks for fixing John J. Elliott's date of birth -- he wouldn't have been much help in the civil war if he'd died in 1812. And thanks for checking out my tree.

On May 14, 2012 at 15:17GMT Laura Marchese wrote:

Great to meet you in Ohio. Thanks for the invite

On April 16, 2012 at 01:58GMT Therese Hostetter wrote:

I do not know how to invite someone?

On March 31, 2012 at 20:43GMT Jean Clubine wrote:

Thank you, Chris for the invitation to join Wikitree. I certainly appreciate it. Jean

On March 27, 2012 at 21:56GMT S. Manley wrote:

Thank you so much for answering my request & allowing me to join WiKi. Sue

On March 27, 2012 at 16:35GMT Kersti Anear wrote:

Thank-you very much for the invite :)

On March 27, 2012 at 08:09GMT Andreas Kurzhals wrote:

Dear Chris, I thank you very much for inviting me. Andreas

On March 26, 2012 at 18:45GMT Karen Wilhelm wrote:

Thanks for inviting me to WikiTree. I'll add my family history soon as I get a chance. Karen

On March 16, 2012 at 22:04GMT Sun R. wrote:

Thank you for inviting me on. I'm hoping to contribute as well as to ask questions.

On March 6, 2012 at 21:31GMT Kim LeBlanc wrote:

Thanks Chris! I'm so excited (and dismayed) to start working :p

On March 6, 2012 at 14:11GMT Norazlan Ariffin wrote:

Thanks Chris for the invite! Eager to start.

On February 27, 2012 at 06:31GMT Terence Klein wrote:

Thanks Chris- Great Site, Very Helpful!

On February 13, 2012 at 23:09GMT Connie Adkins wrote:

Thanks for the invite. Looking forward to checking the site out.

On February 7, 2012 at 20:49GMT J. Paul Hawthorne wrote:

Thanks for the invite Chris. I had a blast at RootsTech 2012.

J. Paul Hawthorne President The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego

On February 6, 2012 at 18:33GMT Kent Lundquist wrote:

Thanks. I was at RootsTech - must have gotten my email there. Will check the site out.

Kent Lundquist

On January 21, 2012 at 21:54GMT Thomas Teters wrote:

Thanks for the profile merge Chris, couldn't have done it without you. Hope Wikitree goes places, we have an 'anti-Geni' group on Facebook and there is quite a bit of action.

OBTW, I got my yDNA tests back, is there a place to publish them on WikiTree?

Just cuz., TomT

On December 30, 2011 at 18:35GMT Terry Booth wrote:

Chris - thanks for your help. This is a great site.

On November 27, 2011 at 05:04GMT Ann Thomas wrote:

Dear Chris,
  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 at 04:17GMT Mark Tucker wrote:

Chris, thank you so much for alowing me a glimpse of your genus, and kindness in sharing your work.

On October 13, 2011 at 12:51GMT Chris Whitten wrote:

Before you post a message here: this isn't the best place for questions about WikiTree. Post on our Facebook group or e-mail us at info -at- wikitree.

On September 14, 2011 at 08:51GMT Tom Whitten wrote:

Chris, Thank You! Noelani C. is my niece and she found some good information, and got me curious. This site is appreciated, and I'm sure took a lot of work! Tom Whitten.

On August 24, 2011 at 05:45GMT Ray Whidden wrote:

Hi Chris,

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 at 00:52GMT Kari Lemons wrote:

Hi Chris, I recently hit 700 entries!!. I now have the basic info for most of the people that I want to enter in done. Now I want to go deep on each page and use all the capabilities of the wiki tools. Is there any way that a demo page could be created that uses all the different types of tools available. Then we could cut and paste our way to add features to our pages.

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 at 04:51GMT Wesley Ogden wrote:

I think I'm really gonna like this WikiTree

On June 8, 2011 at 19:07GMT Kari Lemons wrote:

Hi Chris, I got your reply about the DNA questions I asked you, while I was sitting on the step of the National Archive. I was in DC and got to spend the day at the archive doing war of 1812 research. What a wonderful thing to get to do as a researcher. I want to go back and do some more, now that I know what I'm doing. But I'm back in California now...:/

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