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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Thomas Nechikattu October 31, 2014. Robert Wiese October 31, 2014. Gary P October 31, 2014. Leonie Noonan October 31, 2014. Paula Flaherty October 31, 2014. Philip Miller October 31, 2014. Meredith Bellomy October 31, 2014. Penny Johanesen October 31, 2014. Nick Ward October 31, 2014. Jack Dunn October 31, 2014. Ronnie Broadfoot October 31, 2014. Alain Tessier October 31, 2014. Lukasz Szeląg October 31, 2014. Brandon Gaskill October 31, 2014. Pamela Myers October 31, 2014. Jennifer Mcneal October 31, 2014. James Poindexter October 31, 2014. Kevin McDanel October 30, 2014. Tina Blaylock October 30, 2014. Joan Walter October 30, 2014. Heather Madaj October 30, 2014. Fiona McGrath October 30, 2014. Irma Clayton October 30, 2014. Debbie Thomas October 30, 2014. Kim Benner October 30, 2014. Bob Wilmott October 30, 2014. Michel Assayag October 30, 2014. Loni Luna October 30, 2014. Richard Douce October 30, 2014. Ron Lessor October 30, 2014. Rosemary Myrick October 30, 2014. Kimberley Chapman October 30, 2014. Linda Quinn October 30, 2014. Alan Watt October 30, 2014. Christopher Kunzler October 30, 2014. Brent Schaffrick October 30, 2014. Catherine Foy October 30, 2014. Christine O'rourke October 30, 2014. Michael Marquez October 30, 2014. Nadine Wallace October 30, 2014. Peter Lester October 30, 2014. James Rutherford October 30, 2014. Diane Hammack October 30, 2014. Olivia O'Malley October 30, 2014. David Bazan October 30, 2014. Andrea Fuerst October 30, 2014. Dylene Cymraes October 30, 2014. Lydia Willis October 30, 2014. Anonymous Choate October 30, 2014. David Kelly October 30, 2014. Jennifer Owens October 30, 2014. Flora Dering October 30, 2014. Elaine Lewers October 30, 2014. Eric Kostecki October 30, 2014. Graham William Thomas Burrett October 30, 2014. Debbie Glass October 30, 2014. Beth Salerno October 30, 2014. Joe Givens October 30, 2014. Jay Sweet October 30, 2014. Julie Smith October 30, 2014. Ron Mitchell October 30, 2014. Ronald Carson October 30, 2014. Yvon Surprenant October 30, 2014. Christi Breytenbach October 30, 2014. Trevor Fox October 30, 2014. John Malley October 30, 2014. Jeannie Blackburn October 30, 2014. Richard Curnow October 30, 2014. Zdeněk Beran October 30, 2014. Lewis McGill October 30, 2014. Robert Thomson October 30, 2014. Myrna Daza October 30, 2014. Karol Christena October 30, 2014. Douglas Musty October 30, 2014. Liza Supra October 30, 2014. Lindsay Thompson October 30, 2014. Ewen Hammerich October 30, 2014. Jessi Perkins October 30, 2014. Joyce Jones October 30, 2014. Kaye Blanchard October 30, 2014. Laureen Mielke October 30, 2014. Joshua Barron October 30, 2014. Brandon Lafferty October 30, 2014. Jenn Billig October 30, 2014. Sonya Lafferty October 30, 2014. Jonathan Marshall October 30, 2014. Lola Murtaugh October 30, 2014. Shelley Grubb October 30, 2014. Ned Gladstone October 30, 2014. Lauren Whitehurst October 30, 2014. Julie Olson October 30, 2014. Kristi Goff October 30, 2014. Ame Gray October 30, 2014. Allyson McKay October 30, 2014. David Fulenwider October 30, 2014. M J Hansen October 30, 2014. Jeanine Flavelle October 30, 2014. Frans Herbst October 29, 2014. Mary Hise October 29, 2014. Gary Cosman October 29, 2014.

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