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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Chris Lightsey September 3, 2014. Samuel Reeves September 3, 2014. Doreen Rigby September 3, 2014. Cedric Syers September 3, 2014. Sue Thomson September 3, 2014. Shoshana Stubin September 3, 2014. Robert Puentes September 3, 2014. Deby Beran September 3, 2014. Ed Wilson September 3, 2014. Drew Cornutt September 3, 2014. Caroline Winston September 3, 2014. Kim Provencher September 3, 2014. Kathy Gould September 2, 2014. Laurel Letts September 2, 2014. Linda Cohen September 2, 2014. Amber Mitchell September 2, 2014. Stephen Erickson September 2, 2014. Kelly Moores September 2, 2014. Clay LeCompte September 2, 2014. Tom Brown September 2, 2014. Wendy Enders September 2, 2014. Jason Dunnett September 2, 2014. Miles Penner September 2, 2014. Matthias Jorns September 2, 2014. Sara Senour September 2, 2014. Renee Livingston September 2, 2014. Jim Dobbins September 2, 2014. John Townsend September 2, 2014. Ellen Drake September 2, 2014. Cindy Yeazle September 2, 2014. Jody O'Brien September 2, 2014. Sean McMaster September 2, 2014. Linda Sinclair September 2, 2014. Peter Ranger September 2, 2014. Paul Howden September 2, 2014. Thomas Johnston September 2, 2014. George Pienaar September 2, 2014. Graeme Wilson September 2, 2014. Stanley Sasiela September 2, 2014. Micah Abrams September 2, 2014. Ronald Gross September 2, 2014. Jim Henderson September 2, 2014. Lize Grahn September 2, 2014. Shirley Rainey September 2, 2014. K. M. September 2, 2014. Richard Akers September 2, 2014. Brandy Saxton September 2, 2014. Monica Korte September 2, 2014. William Ash September 2, 2014. Blaine Chitwood September 2, 2014. Michael Bulmer September 2, 2014. Jean-Fran├žois Antoine September 2, 2014. Chris Steadman September 2, 2014. Jenny Redo September 2, 2014. Stacie Henson September 2, 2014. Keith Sears September 2, 2014. Carol Ray September 2, 2014. Darrell Woods September 2, 2014. Jeremy Johnson September 2, 2014. John Loch September 2, 2014. Alfonso Sanchez September 2, 2014. Linda Hansen September 2, 2014. Sandy Rivkin September 2, 2014. Kimberly Brito September 2, 2014. Toni Dombrowski September 2, 2014. Mary Woods September 2, 2014. Norton Starr September 2, 2014. Lynda Evans September 2, 2014. Debarah Wilson September 1, 2014. Coleen Cole September 1, 2014. James Nelson September 1, 2014. Tammy Sullivan September 1, 2014. Shawn Cook September 1, 2014. Cline Averett September 1, 2014. Marian MacDonald September 1, 2014. Jennifer Tardiff September 1, 2014. Paul Catton September 1, 2014. Charles Berger September 1, 2014. Stu Light September 1, 2014. Eldin Rammell September 1, 2014. Judith Hill September 1, 2014. Louise Banell September 1, 2014. Keith Brown September 1, 2014. Robert Rice September 1, 2014. Barry Durling September 1, 2014. Kay Seipp September 1, 2014. Dorothy Osier September 1, 2014. Anonymous Person September 1, 2014. Rachel Addleman September 1, 2014. Simone Soileau September 1, 2014. Patrick Sirois September 1, 2014. Catherine French September 1, 2014. Andre van Jaarsveldt September 1, 2014. Eunice Massie September 1, 2014. Colleen Butler September 1, 2014. Andrew Jones September 1, 2014. Jeremy Riter September 1, 2014. Miguel Principe September 1, 2014. Kathy Loeven September 1, 2014. Kim Montgomery September 1, 2014.

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