Wiki Genealogist Honor Code

WikiTree is free, but it's not a free-for-all. Our community is creating something special: a single, shared family tree that will make genealogy free and accessible for everyone. This grand project requires mutual trust and a common understanding of how the community works.

If you were invited by a family member and are just creating or editing a few private family profiles, the following isn't critical. Those who participate at a higher level must agree to this shared code of ethics and principles.

This code is a pledge that community members make to each other. The creators and hosts of WikiTree have also made a pledge: to keep WikiTree free.

Our Honor Code

  1. We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles.
  2. We care about accuracy. We're always aiming to improve upon our worldwide family tree and fix mistakes.
  3. We know mistakes are inevitable. We don't want to be afraid to make them. We assume that mistakes are unintentional when others make them and ask for the same understanding.
  4. We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly.
  5. We respect privacy. We privacy-protect anything we think our family members might not want public. If that's not enough for someone, we delete their personal information.
  6. We respect copyrights. We don't knowingly copy information that's owned by someone else. If we ourselves want to preserve a copyright, we're clear about what's copyrighted so others don't accidentally copy it.
  7. We give credit. Although most genealogy isn't copyrighted, researchers deserve credit for the work they've done.
  8. We cite sources. Without sources we can't objectively resolve conflicting information.
  9. We are united in a mission to increase the world's common store of knowledge. We always respect copyrights and privacy, but we keep information as free and open as possible.

Signers

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Dianne Sullivan July 30, 2015. Steve Aldrich July 30, 2015. Susan Mitchell July 30, 2015. Ami Moore July 30, 2015. Sue Girard July 30, 2015. Darleen Danos July 30, 2015. Bernie Ducat July 30, 2015. Michael Hilton July 30, 2015. Suzan Maughan July 30, 2015. J Heath July 29, 2015. Nuno Alves July 29, 2015. Michele Penney July 29, 2015. Francis Parnell July 29, 2015. Tawnya Savoie July 29, 2015. Keith Wheatley July 29, 2015. Stephanus Van Wyk July 29, 2015. Paul van Oosterhout July 29, 2015. Phyllis Tichenor July 29, 2015. Martin Poirier July 29, 2015. Ernest B July 29, 2015. Liz Cavner July 29, 2015. Christopher Guay July 29, 2015. David Hoeft July 29, 2015. Steve Wyse July 29, 2015. Sharon Griffin July 29, 2015. Kathleen Sharp July 29, 2015. Clayton Long July 29, 2015. Heather Hall July 29, 2015. Peggy van Wunnik July 29, 2015. Tyler Fincher July 29, 2015. Raymonde Savoie July 29, 2015. Frederic Nelsen July 29, 2015. James Davies July 29, 2015. Beverly Roche July 29, 2015. Mary Myers July 29, 2015. Kenneth Wilhoite July 29, 2015. Thomas Hill July 29, 2015. Jared Johnson July 29, 2015. David Brown July 29, 2015. James Gainey July 29, 2015. Ans Meijlink July 29, 2015. Everett Hendriksen July 29, 2015. Andy Whitmire July 29, 2015. David Lander July 29, 2015. Randy Lyon July 29, 2015. Larry Maitlen July 29, 2015. Katie Knaapen July 29, 2015. Ralph Johnson July 29, 2015. Paul Lewis July 29, 2015. Sylvia McElvey July 29, 2015. Heather Crouse July 29, 2015. April Smith July 29, 2015. Jane Chastain July 29, 2015. Paula Bullington July 29, 2015. David Hird July 29, 2015. Jim Willis July 29, 2015. Jamie Hurst July 29, 2015. Jamie Lane July 29, 2015. Jim Tuite July 29, 2015. Theodore Pearson July 29, 2015. Miranda Carroll July 29, 2015. Bob Fenwick July 29, 2015. Larry Smith July 29, 2015. Rick Campbell July 29, 2015. Deb Pearson July 29, 2015. Mike Sallis July 29, 2015. Angela Neff July 29, 2015. Carolyn Thomason July 29, 2015. Elizabeth Kilmer July 29, 2015. Don Odum July 29, 2015. Susan Charette July 29, 2015. Linda Kirk July 29, 2015. Edward Rosser July 29, 2015. Kayleigh Nelson July 29, 2015. Lisa Justice July 29, 2015. Laura Foenander July 29, 2015. Jerry Ellis July 29, 2015. A.j. Burdo July 29, 2015. Sabrina Thomas July 28, 2015. Cheryl Workman July 28, 2015. Mary Spanabel-Weber July 28, 2015. Lyn Hansch July 28, 2015. Deberah Norton July 28, 2015. James Philpott July 28, 2015. Michael Kay July 28, 2015. Allan Crane July 28, 2015. Rebecca Lindsey-Holaday July 28, 2015. Matt Peters July 28, 2015. Barb Lavin July 28, 2015. Roger Holt July 28, 2015. Sian Walton July 28, 2015. John Sweet July 28, 2015. Cynthia Lovelace July 28, 2015. Colin Birrell July 28, 2015. Karen Cwynar July 28, 2015. Lori N July 28, 2015. Beth Coughlin July 28, 2015. Brooke Baker July 28, 2015. Steven Shimer July 28, 2015. Barbara Hickey July 28, 2015.

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