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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Carleane Tang October 21, 2014. Carolyn Kurtzman October 21, 2014. Andrew Aleman October 21, 2014. Emerson Rosa da Silva October 21, 2014. Eric Shoulta October 21, 2014. John Pattison October 21, 2014. Guy Béland October 21, 2014. Linda Susko October 21, 2014. Patricia Allen Gordon October 21, 2014. Drew Livingston October 21, 2014. Jason Hill October 21, 2014. Dana Emerson October 21, 2014. Janet Groff October 21, 2014. Jimmy Layman October 21, 2014. Stephen Moore October 21, 2014. Melinda Culpon October 21, 2014. Marilyn Osterhout October 21, 2014. Rosalie E. Kahn October 21, 2014. Melissa Gilbert October 20, 2014. Mike Young October 20, 2014. Johnny Marsh October 20, 2014. Tracy Awalt October 20, 2014. Debbie Howell October 20, 2014. Tiel Mcclaskey October 20, 2014. Eric Mills October 20, 2014. Lee Ann Scritchfield October 20, 2014. Dorese Beasinger October 20, 2014. Ray Bennett October 20, 2014. Robert Frazier October 20, 2014. John Corvus October 20, 2014. Larry Falcone October 20, 2014. Teresa Bennett October 20, 2014. Bill Nelson October 20, 2014. John Libby October 20, 2014. Sue Fordell October 20, 2014. White Iddings, Jr. October 20, 2014. Bob Burnett October 20, 2014. Carol Salsbury October 20, 2014. Ken Simpson October 20, 2014. Linda Barker October 20, 2014. Tracey Johnson October 20, 2014. Susan Halden October 20, 2014. Alycia English October 20, 2014. LaurieSue Kelley October 20, 2014. Dusti Smith October 20, 2014. Pam Danyluk October 20, 2014. Ronald Lucas October 20, 2014. Steve Worden October 20, 2014. Tracey Forster October 19, 2014. Wendy Neill October 19, 2014. Kylee Burton October 19, 2014. Lynn Johnston October 19, 2014. Van Landry October 19, 2014. Pat Oftedal October 19, 2014. Pamela Crisman October 19, 2014. Louis Bruwer October 19, 2014. Christine Docker October 19, 2014. Glenn Pinnell October 19, 2014. Kristin Hutchison October 19, 2014. Harold Erasmus October 19, 2014. John Arne Tømmervold October 19, 2014. Michael Crawford October 19, 2014. Sandra Boroweic October 19, 2014. Leena Hyvärinen October 19, 2014. John Glisar October 19, 2014. Alexandra Hooley October 19, 2014. Thomas Spearns October 19, 2014. Emma Thompson October 19, 2014. Rob Simpson October 19, 2014. Andy Reeves October 19, 2014. Lois Skanes October 19, 2014. Scott Crisman October 19, 2014. Patricia Hoffman October 19, 2014. Lillian Strugnell October 19, 2014. Fred Ramey October 19, 2014. Sylvie Moose October 19, 2014. Amy Pupillo October 19, 2014. Rosemary Matthews October 19, 2014. Matthew Mills October 19, 2014. Phyllis Adamson October 19, 2014. Chris Autridge October 19, 2014. Leta Stegne October 19, 2014. Melissa Lance October 19, 2014. Christa Pepin October 19, 2014. Cynthia Portas October 19, 2014. Dave MacMaster October 19, 2014. Jackie Stoddard October 19, 2014. Tracy Keith October 19, 2014. Ronald McLendon October 19, 2014. Vicky Duke October 19, 2014. Brian Gillis October 19, 2014. James Carey Yates, Jr October 19, 2014. Sam Björnestrand October 19, 2014. Andree Beauchamp October 19, 2014. Victor Nolan October 19, 2014. Amber Gunter October 18, 2014. John Kern October 18, 2014. Mary Hitt October 18, 2014. Terri Kunze October 18, 2014. Jerry Howell October 18, 2014.

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