Wiki Genealogist Honor Code

WikiTree is free, but it's not a free-for-all. Our wiki genealogy 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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John Orchard December 22, 2014. Isabelle Mason December 22, 2014. Trevor Jones December 22, 2014. Joey Sum December 22, 2014. Michael Blair December 22, 2014. Julie Gerstl December 22, 2014. Terry Wright December 22, 2014. Paul Temple December 22, 2014. Leslie Vincent December 22, 2014. Sylvia Welygan December 22, 2014. Dennis Grubb December 22, 2014. Bianca Schmalzer December 22, 2014. Kent Broome December 22, 2014. Shirley Bodoh December 21, 2014. Sheri Van Horn December 21, 2014. Quincy Fields December 21, 2014. Jessi Monroe December 21, 2014. Jaime Seals December 21, 2014. Leslie Franklin December 21, 2014. Charlie Vella December 21, 2014. Edwina Wittum December 21, 2014. John Taylor December 21, 2014. Barb Trout December 21, 2014. Michael Tomasik December 21, 2014. Andre Chiasson December 21, 2014. Carole S December 21, 2014. William Rogers December 21, 2014. Ashley Littman December 21, 2014. Sally Balogh December 21, 2014. David Austin December 21, 2014. Teresa McVeigh December 21, 2014. Anne Freeman December 21, 2014. Kuba Krchak December 21, 2014. Per-Olav Hildebrand December 21, 2014. Tenayha Smith December 21, 2014. Niels Erik Tommy Kondrup Hansen December 21, 2014. John Harrison December 21, 2014. Michelle Champion December 21, 2014. Scott Fisher December 21, 2014. Stephne Churchill December 21, 2014. Joshua Dye December 21, 2014. Steven Porter December 21, 2014. Keith Tucker December 21, 2014. Melissa Koch December 21, 2014. Amanda Leckonby December 21, 2014. Amy Sullivan December 21, 2014. Gene Hardy December 21, 2014. Kathy Case December 21, 2014. Anonymous Anonymous December 21, 2014. Jan Schill December 21, 2014. Jeanette Aguirre December 21, 2014. Kristen Dunson December 21, 2014. Leslie Cole December 21, 2014. George Gamache December 21, 2014. John Knouse December 20, 2014. Terry Bidgood December 20, 2014. Mark Young December 20, 2014. Chai Marcaida December 20, 2014. Alexandre Robichaud December 20, 2014. Andrew Walsh December 20, 2014. Eva Pritchard December 20, 2014. Ceri Carlill December 20, 2014. Corinna Olson December 20, 2014. Glenys Johnson December 20, 2014. Tim Rutherford December 20, 2014. Stephen Kuhl December 20, 2014. Tressa Sheriff December 20, 2014. Ann Miller December 20, 2014. Fredrick Martin December 20, 2014. Amy Nelson December 20, 2014. Rick Cocco December 20, 2014. Abena King December 20, 2014. Voren O'Brien December 20, 2014. Cherry Baucham December 20, 2014. Jerwin Joguilon December 20, 2014. Kendrick Smith December 20, 2014. Timothy Pope December 20, 2014. Jean-Paul Kendricks December 20, 2014. Peter Sawyer December 20, 2014. Jennifer Steadman December 20, 2014. Rhonda Reinen December 20, 2014. Adelina Archibeque December 20, 2014. Michelle LaBore December 20, 2014. Shari Smith December 20, 2014. Jane Naus December 20, 2014. Charlotte Kensil December 20, 2014. Peggy Hines December 20, 2014. Elaine Commander December 19, 2014. Kennith Ayres December 19, 2014. Emily Tyler December 19, 2014. Owen Johnston December 19, 2014. Gerald Hindmarch December 19, 2014. Deanna Speed December 19, 2014. Amanda Giles December 19, 2014. Christie Goins December 19, 2014. JOan Parrish December 19, 2014. Christi Spencer December 19, 2014. Peter Howard December 19, 2014. Thomas Salyers December 19, 2014. Adam Gard December 19, 2014.

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