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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Michelle Cowan September 3, 2015. Steven Spenser September 3, 2015. Andrea Madden September 3, 2015. sz Townson September 3, 2015. Bjørn Eggen September 3, 2015. Shelley Nixon September 3, 2015. Richard Fahrenheim September 3, 2015. Jan Wilesmith September 3, 2015. Misty Barnard September 3, 2015. James Taylor September 3, 2015. Martin Smith September 3, 2015. Bob Smith September 3, 2015. Amanda Stephenson September 3, 2015. Mandy McLachlan September 3, 2015. Alan Berris September 3, 2015. Alan Millar September 3, 2015. Glenn Davis September 3, 2015. Dot McCulloch September 3, 2015. Colleen Morris September 3, 2015. Julie Piggott September 3, 2015. Dana Pritchett September 3, 2015. Tom McMillan September 3, 2015. Daniel Denton September 3, 2015. Jamie Barron September 3, 2015. Karen Gamble September 3, 2015. Crystal Potter September 3, 2015. Andre Pelletier September 3, 2015. Grant Drummond September 3, 2015. A. MacPherson September 3, 2015. Deborah Hebert September 3, 2015. Simon Horton September 3, 2015. John Burns September 3, 2015. Sherry Payne September 2, 2015. Denise Walters September 2, 2015. Tom Mosher September 2, 2015. Scott Bumgarner September 2, 2015. Ruth Pyke September 2, 2015. Ruth Kongaika September 2, 2015. Chris Evans September 2, 2015. Stanley Sneed September 2, 2015. Henry Shumaker September 2, 2015. Stella Eelman September 2, 2015. Tommie Berry September 2, 2015. Laura Ling September 2, 2015. Per Nielsen September 2, 2015. Marie Yeager September 2, 2015. Rick Richardson September 2, 2015. Danyale Ard September 2, 2015. Michael Billingham September 2, 2015. Deborah Greenfield September 2, 2015. Mickey Sayles September 2, 2015. Leighanne Jamison September 2, 2015. A. Larsen September 2, 2015. Patty Williams September 2, 2015. Clare Peden Midgley September 2, 2015. Armand Larochelle September 2, 2015. Peter Jonas September 2, 2015. Karleigh Bacon September 2, 2015. Andrew Slayton September 2, 2015. Debbie Berryhill September 2, 2015. Carlyle Rucker September 2, 2015. Thomas McDonnell September 2, 2015. Tony Allegra September 2, 2015. Joe Crouch September 2, 2015. Thomas Seymour September 2, 2015. Donna Grosky September 2, 2015. Geoffrey Allan September 2, 2015. Karen Epperson September 2, 2015. Ken Rice September 2, 2015. Tracie Kavanagh September 2, 2015. Elizabeth Corn September 2, 2015. John Strock September 2, 2015. Jeffrey Hedrick September 2, 2015. Dorothy Hovelsen September 2, 2015. Will Boelders September 2, 2015. Michał Kulesza September 2, 2015. Joe Wells September 2, 2015. Ashley Nolan September 2, 2015. Amy Vera September 2, 2015. Elisabeth Sandy September 2, 2015. Richard Leonard September 2, 2015. Matthew Fletcher September 2, 2015. Rosie Rattray September 2, 2015. Carl Wieland September 2, 2015. Leonard Birnie September 2, 2015. Christopher de Cuéllar September 2, 2015. Karen Supra September 2, 2015. Susan Holmes September 2, 2015. Lisa Barnard-Mathews September 2, 2015. Meesa Caudill September 2, 2015. Tammy Ashbaugh September 2, 2015. Jan Davis September 2, 2015. Paul Land September 2, 2015. Ron Matson September 2, 2015. Patrick McGrattan September 2, 2015. Peggy Davis September 2, 2015. Cheryl Johns September 2, 2015. David Greene September 2, 2015. Tammy Haggard September 2, 2015. Renee Lloyd September 2, 2015.

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