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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Sean Robins February 10, 2016. Andrew Mills February 10, 2016. Billy Mostyn February 10, 2016. Jim South February 10, 2016. Laurie Maloy February 10, 2016. Forrest Clark February 10, 2016. Julie Moon February 10, 2016. Lana Hall February 10, 2016. Trina Roberts February 10, 2016. Sherry Hasty February 10, 2016. Harvey Stotland February 10, 2016. Jeremy Westerfield February 10, 2016. Cherie McNaul February 10, 2016. Alta Barnes February 10, 2016. Debbie Maranger February 10, 2016. Lisa Burkhart February 10, 2016. Lee Ollerenshaw February 10, 2016. Lynne Modranski February 10, 2016. Nikki Hale February 10, 2016. Ashley Miller February 10, 2016. Christina Smith February 9, 2016. Nadine Young February 9, 2016. Sara Markland February 9, 2016. Jane Morgan February 9, 2016. Wayne Ford February 9, 2016. Sheila Wood February 9, 2016. Judith Lewis February 9, 2016. Jessica Brandsma February 9, 2016. Kyoya Hiroshima February 9, 2016. Joseph Eastman February 9, 2016. Kim Kirk February 9, 2016. John Morrow February 9, 2016. Dave Angulo February 9, 2016. Kim Richards February 9, 2016. BJ Campbell February 9, 2016. Deb Reeb February 9, 2016. Rachael Wimmer February 9, 2016. Carla Wysocki February 9, 2016. Janet Cole February 9, 2016. Roxanne Ford February 9, 2016. Earl Bilodeau February 9, 2016. Dawn Ankney February 9, 2016. L. Delgadillo February 9, 2016. Wilma Juneman February 9, 2016. Peggy Shilman February 9, 2016. Warren Burr February 9, 2016. Jennifer McGinn February 9, 2016. Anna Benjamin February 9, 2016. Wayne Dent February 9, 2016. Philip Donoho February 9, 2016. Gillian Platts February 9, 2016. Rose Rocco February 9, 2016. Dennis Thompson February 9, 2016. Isabel Tarr February 9, 2016. Britta Væversted Mortensen February 9, 2016. John Alcindor February 9, 2016. Robert Cooke February 9, 2016. Kathryn Light February 9, 2016. William Williams February 9, 2016. Stephen van der Sluys February 9, 2016. Stewart Bisset February 9, 2016. Leonard Herman February 9, 2016. Roy Jamison February 9, 2016. Charles Murvihill February 9, 2016. Twilla Rogers February 9, 2016. Amy Corder February 9, 2016. Kathleen Ferguson February 9, 2016. Steve Wisner February 9, 2016. Robin Appesland February 9, 2016. James Houser February 9, 2016. Robert Melson February 9, 2016. Gail McLemore February 9, 2016. Linda Prestridge February 9, 2016. Stephanie Dee Puckett February 9, 2016. Timothy Whitehead February 9, 2016. David Burton February 9, 2016. Matthew Jenny February 9, 2016. Michele Gerhart February 9, 2016. Lisa Gripp February 9, 2016. Daniel Keller February 9, 2016. Phillip Douglas February 9, 2016. Sarah Wight February 8, 2016. Margaret Bush February 8, 2016. J Johnson February 8, 2016. Malcolm Hoare February 8, 2016. Anthony Ferrell February 8, 2016. N McGee February 8, 2016. Sara Riley February 8, 2016. Tarey Thomas February 8, 2016. Roderick Boland February 8, 2016. Roy Case February 8, 2016. Warwick Shirreff February 8, 2016. Alice Newton February 8, 2016. Roy Orr February 8, 2016. Karen Werzun February 8, 2016. Stephen Aubrecht February 8, 2016. Colin Croft February 8, 2016. Peter Riniker February 8, 2016. Malcolm Burns February 8, 2016. Gary Moore February 8, 2016.

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