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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Jerry Lovejoy March 1, 2015. Sam McPherson March 1, 2015. Donald Mullen March 1, 2015. Barbara Wells March 1, 2015. Richard S March 1, 2015. Emma Waterworth March 1, 2015. Erik Larsen March 1, 2015. Randy Turpin March 1, 2015. John Wolf March 1, 2015. Susan Jukes March 1, 2015. Warren Cargal March 1, 2015. Anna Smith March 1, 2015. Samantha Alexander March 1, 2015. Mark Millard March 1, 2015. Karen Bailey March 1, 2015. Garrett Moss March 1, 2015. Louise Tallon March 1, 2015. Nancy Kuhl March 1, 2015. Donnie Parks March 1, 2015. Brien Sickler March 1, 2015. Ed Gooden March 1, 2015. Donna McCubbin March 1, 2015. Paul Rivard March 1, 2015. Bruce Conquy March 1, 2015. Jodie Pillius March 1, 2015. Juha Korpi March 1, 2015. Cheryl Simmons March 1, 2015. Samuel Knight March 1, 2015. Eric Besher March 1, 2015. William Foster March 1, 2015. Kirsten O'Donnell March 1, 2015. Diane Quinn March 1, 2015. Debra Vennix March 1, 2015. Dave Saul March 1, 2015. Michael Taylor March 1, 2015. Kathryn Garrelts March 1, 2015. Brittany Woodward March 1, 2015. Margaret McNeely March 1, 2015. Denna Arnett March 1, 2015. Joan Simpson March 1, 2015. Edouard Bourguignon March 1, 2015. Doug Watson March 1, 2015. Ian Johnston-Pooley March 1, 2015. Lois Burns March 1, 2015. Gene Dawkins March 1, 2015. Phil Hand March 1, 2015. Janice Ireland March 1, 2015. Karen F March 1, 2015. Regina Bates March 1, 2015. Margaret Higgs March 1, 2015. Gregory Palma March 1, 2015. Zella Prather March 1, 2015. Ozy Johnson March 1, 2015. Beth Huntley-Bourassa March 1, 2015. Rebecca Anderson March 1, 2015. Acacia Persinger March 1, 2015. Leslie Carter March 1, 2015. Linda Edwards March 1, 2015. William Kirby March 1, 2015. William Rozier March 1, 2015. Jean Lug March 1, 2015. Kevin Robertson March 1, 2015. Gerry Moss March 1, 2015. Laura Lunn March 1, 2015. William Truitt March 1, 2015. LeAnna Carrier March 1, 2015. Michael Mirarchi March 1, 2015. Angela Labay March 1, 2015. Jenni Hymoff March 1, 2015. Mary Rebecca Winter March 1, 2015. J Crawford February 28, 2015. Jonathan Crain February 28, 2015. Richard Caldwell February 28, 2015. Ruth Janet Landgraf February 28, 2015. Rose Atiyeh February 28, 2015. Jan Book February 28, 2015. Pat Roach February 28, 2015. Raymond Goodloe February 28, 2015. Ember Simpkins February 28, 2015. Howard Lincoln February 28, 2015. James Gould February 28, 2015. Elizabeth Doolittle February 28, 2015. Clifford Hall February 28, 2015. Cheryl Crimmins February 28, 2015. Diane McCue February 28, 2015. Tawnya Gober February 28, 2015. Carole Jurick February 28, 2015. Sabrina Schmidt February 28, 2015. Angela Barbato February 28, 2015. Steve Harston February 28, 2015. Jamie Rorick February 28, 2015. Anastasia Hathaway February 28, 2015. Brenda Wheeler February 28, 2015. Melba Gandy February 28, 2015. Melissa Haddow February 28, 2015. Matt Lambert February 28, 2015. Sabrina K February 28, 2015. Brian Salomon February 28, 2015. Raeleah Brinson February 28, 2015. Sarah Cadotte February 28, 2015.

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