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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Laurie Savery May 3, 2015. Bernis Dilber May 3, 2015. Michael Kilgallon May 3, 2015. Simon Bedford May 3, 2015. James Taylor May 3, 2015. Hanna Browning May 3, 2015. Jennifer Strake May 3, 2015. Cathy Liberty May 3, 2015. Alan Hunter May 3, 2015. Marnie Wells May 3, 2015. Yüksel Özkurt May 3, 2015. Jessica Sawyer May 3, 2015. Carole Hennessy May 3, 2015. Bruce Ratcliff May 3, 2015. Grace Alves May 3, 2015. Phebe Cress May 3, 2015. Harold Ward May 3, 2015. Michael Christian May 3, 2015. Kim Capps May 3, 2015. Joe Watts May 3, 2015. Mika Ritter May 3, 2015. Fiona Carew May 3, 2015. Margaret Knight May 3, 2015. Theresa Wigmore May 3, 2015. Sally Hyde May 3, 2015. Mathieu Cloutier May 3, 2015. Kristina Dunn May 3, 2015. Marty Sutton May 3, 2015. Tracey Uselton May 3, 2015. Carolyn Ernst May 3, 2015. Jenn Hornstrand May 3, 2015. Doug Younkin May 3, 2015. Carol Stoughton May 3, 2015. J. R. Laird May 3, 2015. Roger James May 3, 2015. Sabrina Stone May 3, 2015. Stephen Swalsky May 3, 2015. Anna Wilson May 3, 2015. William Farley May 3, 2015. Troy Wiipongwii May 3, 2015. Julie Sievert May 3, 2015. D Shurtz May 3, 2015. Carrie Starnes May 3, 2015. April Bilow May 2, 2015. Tonja Purnell May 2, 2015. J Shailer May 2, 2015. Pamela Wratchford May 2, 2015. Gaylen Walker May 2, 2015. Connie Taljaardt May 2, 2015. Yvonne Krings May 2, 2015. Art Luebbe May 2, 2015. Carol Flint May 2, 2015. John Reese May 2, 2015. Tami Ellis May 2, 2015. Janet Kruse May 2, 2015. Michele Copley May 2, 2015. Craig Martek May 2, 2015. Marlene Foley May 2, 2015. Wietz van der Merwe May 2, 2015. Greg Slade May 2, 2015. Marilyn Albert May 2, 2015. Sheri Glasser May 2, 2015. Brent Hood May 2, 2015. Kerry ann Burnett May 2, 2015. Sam Foust May 2, 2015. Bobbi Gascoigne May 2, 2015. Carl Hornstrand May 2, 2015. Michael Pelletier May 2, 2015. Sarah Woolnough May 2, 2015. Thomas Wigmore May 2, 2015. Shirley Hoard May 2, 2015. Anders Kaas Petersen May 2, 2015. Rok Banko May 2, 2015. David Leciñana May 2, 2015. Walter Barton May 2, 2015. Diane Sweeney May 2, 2015. Denise Lawlor May 2, 2015. Anon Cripps Clark May 2, 2015. Tony Vivian May 2, 2015. Rhonda Andries May 2, 2015. Mike Burke May 2, 2015. Gail Randall May 2, 2015. Thomas Rawlings May 2, 2015. Chris Grissom May 2, 2015. LuAnn Fisher May 2, 2015. Gwenda Kenny. May 2, 2015. Kathie Brzoska May 2, 2015. Chris Maguire May 2, 2015. Melissa Wilson May 2, 2015. Brian West May 2, 2015. Marianne Trulson May 2, 2015. Linda P May 1, 2015. Karen Mckinnon May 1, 2015. Ginsy Mundy May 1, 2015. John Rock-Evans May 1, 2015. Meri Hoopingarner May 1, 2015. Joan Lyman May 1, 2015. Catherine Reschke May 1, 2015. William Graham May 1, 2015. Amanda Danford May 1, 2015.

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