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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Sheila MacIsaac July 26, 2016. Anne Rees July 26, 2016. Brian Baker July 26, 2016. Kirsty Hart July 26, 2016. Anonymous Hudson July 26, 2016. W Pool July 26, 2016. Luetta Jean Wallace July 26, 2016. Adam Franklin July 26, 2016. Rob Davenport July 26, 2016. Filip Szczucki July 26, 2016. Megan Sorensen July 26, 2016. Rob Riffle July 26, 2016. Antony Khazanov July 26, 2016. Jim Celmer July 26, 2016. Rob Smith July 26, 2016. Carole Gibbs July 26, 2016. Janet Siegel July 26, 2016. Sharon McGee July 26, 2016. Bill Squires July 26, 2016. Rick Wood July 26, 2016. Darvana Tressler July 26, 2016. Roger Gregory July 26, 2016. Jennifer l July 26, 2016. Darryl Stevens July 26, 2016. Gary Hermes July 26, 2016. Betsi Eki July 26, 2016. Joe Heaney July 26, 2016. Ann Sjöberg July 26, 2016. Larry Davis July 26, 2016. Terry Phillips July 26, 2016. Simione Talanoa July 26, 2016. Dawn Sammons July 26, 2016. Jeffrey Naylor July 26, 2016. Michael Welch July 26, 2016. Alan Speir July 26, 2016. David Siwalk July 26, 2016. Springstead Morgan July 26, 2016. Samuel Goodrich July 26, 2016. Trevor Inglis July 26, 2016. Cynthia Polzin July 26, 2016. Stephenie Elliott July 26, 2016. Angie Bowyer July 26, 2016. Drew Berendts July 26, 2016. Levi Martinez July 26, 2016. Elizabeth Durham July 26, 2016. Adrienne Fan July 26, 2016. Toni Vitale July 26, 2016. Jill Carroll July 26, 2016. Tereasa Timmerman July 26, 2016. David Harrity July 26, 2016. Georgina McKinley July 26, 2016. Bronwyn Buttler July 26, 2016. Amy Kelley July 26, 2016. Ann Hudson July 26, 2016. Roger Boardman July 26, 2016. Tracie McMillan July 26, 2016. Chris Bernhard-Schwarz July 26, 2016. Rob Ewart July 26, 2016. Michael Hogan July 26, 2016. Scott Hamilton July 26, 2016. Alfred Shapere July 25, 2016. Marilyn Nelson July 25, 2016. Brent Phillips July 25, 2016. Barbara Adriance July 25, 2016. Renate Uzubalis July 25, 2016. Parputt Bailey July 25, 2016. Brian Erland July 25, 2016. Sue Mager July 25, 2016. Petter Dahl July 25, 2016. Charles Nash July 25, 2016. Jewel Levinson July 25, 2016. Janelle Yates July 25, 2016. Richard Pavan July 25, 2016. Jim Perry July 25, 2016. Judy Gaston July 25, 2016. Amelia Macphail July 25, 2016. Linda Walker July 25, 2016. Matt Stone July 25, 2016. Stacy Miller July 25, 2016. Zeljka Stoffel July 25, 2016. Leslie Kay July 25, 2016. Cheryl McMasters July 25, 2016. Christy Bowlin July 25, 2016. Ashley Godkin July 25, 2016. Evelyn Allen July 25, 2016. Enrique Moreno July 25, 2016. Kelly Dietz July 25, 2016. Bryant Broder July 25, 2016. Cassandra Mayse July 25, 2016. Gary Coffey July 25, 2016. Erwin T. Rosenbury July 25, 2016. Teresa Russell July 25, 2016. Jill Shiffer July 25, 2016. John Dickison July 25, 2016. J Geno July 25, 2016. Daniel Braksator July 25, 2016. John Atkinson July 25, 2016. Barnaby Tuke July 25, 2016. Gerald Kelly July 25, 2016. Melanie Shuff July 25, 2016.

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