About WikiTree

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Our mission is to grow a single worldwide family tree that will make genealogy free and accessible for everyone.


WikiTree is designed to balance privacy and collaboration so that everyone can share the same family tree.

We privately collaborate with our close family members on profiles of modern people. As we go back in time, the trust circles for ancestor profiles grow wider and wider. Collaboration on deep ancestors is between distant cousins who are serious about genealogy.

Because all the profiles are connected on the same system the process is creating a single family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots.


Participation in the community is based on a simple Wiki Genealogy Honor Code. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fruits of the tree, but contributing members must take the mission and Honor Code seriously.

Everything is free. There are no "premium" memberships and nobody is charged for access to anything. Ever.


WikiTree was started by Chris Whitten and is hosted by Interesting.com, Inc.

The site first opened in 2008. It has been steadily growing and improving since then. The community improves the content. Chris and the team improve the technical infrastructure and tools. We do this by working with community members to discover what they need to further our shared mission — and to have fun doing it.

We have made a pledge to keep WikiTree free. This is possible because we are a low-cost operation. By keeping costs low, we are able to cover the expenses of hosting the website through modest ads on public pages.


See also: Press Release Archive, WikiTree FAQ, Q&A Forum.

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