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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Deborah Bray May 22, 2015. Esteban Pedroza May 22, 2015. Anderson Gladney May 22, 2015. J Stone May 22, 2015. Caitlin Hunt May 22, 2015. Don Freijters May 22, 2015. Naomi Chapman May 22, 2015. Abby Bergman May 22, 2015. Kathy Cunningham May 22, 2015. Nancy Cahill May 22, 2015. Patty Fluitt May 22, 2015. Mike Hill May 22, 2015. Kerrie Pegrum May 22, 2015. Sarah Long May 22, 2015. Dimitri Gurewitsch May 22, 2015. Jim Gleeson May 22, 2015. Maria Van Broeck May 22, 2015. Sarah Oliver May 22, 2015. Ayorinde Igbonegun May 22, 2015. Desiree Roller-Frost May 22, 2015. Roger Murray May 22, 2015. Kathleen Chmielewski May 22, 2015. Victoria Jilbert May 22, 2015. Marta Plaza May 22, 2015. Tyree Adair May 22, 2015. Marcia Ann Cullison May 22, 2015. Robin Sligar May 22, 2015. Nelda Sturgill May 22, 2015. Adam House May 22, 2015. CJ Tinkle May 22, 2015. Joe Maloney May 21, 2015. Barbara Truszkowski May 21, 2015. Anonymous Hawley May 21, 2015. Kevin Smith May 21, 2015. Robert Walls May 21, 2015. Jerry Schexnayder May 21, 2015. Bruce Julseth May 21, 2015. Lee Lapp May 21, 2015. Scott Millen May 21, 2015. Dave Naylor May 21, 2015. Mary McGrath May 21, 2015. Michael Sokoly May 21, 2015. Anita Sines May 21, 2015. Robert Clifton May 21, 2015. Anne Lambert May 21, 2015. Amanda Pressnall May 21, 2015. Jane Carter May 21, 2015. Polly Sizemore May 21, 2015. Julie Jensen May 21, 2015. Terry Williams May 21, 2015. Foster Brereton May 21, 2015. Rob Parker May 21, 2015. Steve Black May 21, 2015. Thierry Fourniret May 21, 2015. Ann Poole May 21, 2015. Ann Birdsall May 21, 2015. Chris Humphrey May 21, 2015. Doug Porteous May 21, 2015. Nadine du Rand May 21, 2015. Richard Hayes May 21, 2015. Lee Woolhouse May 21, 2015. Brad Prosser May 21, 2015. Miha Verdenik May 21, 2015. Steve Armstrong May 21, 2015. Christine Day May 21, 2015. Claudine Teesen May 21, 2015. Amy Wade May 21, 2015. David Georgiades May 21, 2015. Laurie Stark May 21, 2015. Eric Carson May 21, 2015. Jim Moore May 21, 2015. Richard Autry May 21, 2015. KJ Pinard May 21, 2015. Cheryl Faust May 21, 2015. Barbara Richardson May 21, 2015. Sharon Fare May 21, 2015. David Dickey May 21, 2015. Christine Marble May 21, 2015. Trevor Loring May 21, 2015. Claudia Whelchel May 20, 2015. Deborah Mello May 20, 2015. Joyce Reinig May 20, 2015. Tony Paul May 20, 2015. Stephen Morris May 20, 2015. Kate Brittain May 20, 2015. Patrick Ouellette May 20, 2015. Karon Johnson May 20, 2015. Sara Harrell May 20, 2015. Darnell Baker May 20, 2015. Doug Murphy May 20, 2015. Brian Higginson May 20, 2015. Robert Phillips May 20, 2015. Frank Sanders Jr May 20, 2015. Cathy-Jill Ennnis May 20, 2015. Dianne Fraser May 20, 2015. Chris Abraham May 20, 2015. Amanda Cowden May 20, 2015. Barbara Finwall May 20, 2015. Emily Funk May 20, 2015. Lori Jacobson May 20, 2015.

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