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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John Doran August 20, 2014. Elizabeth Bollmeyer August 20, 2014. Edward Brown August 20, 2014. Walter Miner August 20, 2014. Emily Talbott August 20, 2014. Christine Crabb August 20, 2014. Dean Crawford August 20, 2014. Alaina Gilbert August 20, 2014. Steve Rine August 20, 2014. Donald Wurscher August 20, 2014. Robert Logan August 20, 2014. Mark Coates August 20, 2014. Ronald Clawson August 20, 2014. Constance Moody August 20, 2014. Carra Golden August 20, 2014. Kristen Ray August 20, 2014. Graeme Gilmour August 20, 2014. Marjorie Borggard August 20, 2014. David Strader August 20, 2014. Pauline Perry Ashton August 20, 2014. Mick Killen August 20, 2014. Greg Burrell August 20, 2014. Jeff Martin August 20, 2014. Robert Daniel August 20, 2014. Laurie Cullen August 20, 2014. Kathy Laface August 20, 2014. Candi Johnson August 20, 2014. Janice Ashley August 20, 2014. Steven Harold Benefield August 20, 2014. Adnan Misimović August 20, 2014. Annie Nicholson August 20, 2014. Cj Briggs Noland August 20, 2014. Dawn Wilson August 20, 2014. Krista Thomas August 20, 2014. Michelle James August 20, 2014. Rebecca W August 20, 2014. Pamela A. August 20, 2014. Lori Loveday August 20, 2014. Rita Ellington August 20, 2014. Ray Quick August 20, 2014. Dani Phillips August 20, 2014. Darlene Krauss August 20, 2014. David Carter August 20, 2014. Suzanne Cornick August 20, 2014. S Dalton August 20, 2014. Alan Hill August 20, 2014. Vince Dentice August 19, 2014. Colleen T August 19, 2014. Jen Murray August 19, 2014. Lisa Riel August 19, 2014. Catherine Boerner August 19, 2014. Kolene League August 19, 2014. David Ralston August 19, 2014. Hendrik Jacobsz August 19, 2014. Jamie Parton August 19, 2014. Rebekah Holt August 19, 2014. Linda Vaux August 19, 2014. Elizabeth Graf August 19, 2014. Judith Sickler August 19, 2014. Dorothy M August 19, 2014. Nancy Fritz August 19, 2014. Richard Leach August 19, 2014. Julie St. John August 19, 2014. Casey Scott August 19, 2014. Rita Lepper August 19, 2014. Philip Smith August 19, 2014. Nick Castle August 19, 2014. Josefa Benzoni August 19, 2014. Julie Selph August 19, 2014. Holly Wills August 19, 2014. CD Haun August 19, 2014. Georgine Faulkner August 19, 2014. Candice Dixon August 19, 2014. Erica Marston August 19, 2014. Angel Potter August 19, 2014. Michael White August 19, 2014. Jonathan Fox-Rubin August 19, 2014. Ashley Perry August 19, 2014. Colin van der Meulen August 19, 2014. Bruce Haywood August 19, 2014. Norman Prince August 19, 2014. Patricia J. Venable August 19, 2014. Jamie Adams August 19, 2014. Connie Anzalone August 19, 2014. Melanie Crain August 19, 2014. Doug Aurentz August 19, 2014. Lisa White August 19, 2014. Judy Rich August 19, 2014. Nadia Kasparenko August 19, 2014. Jerri Owens August 19, 2014. Jenn Gault August 18, 2014. Ajit D'Souza August 18, 2014. Alice C. August 18, 2014. Kathleen Vidal August 18, 2014. Carie Dunn August 18, 2014. Marva Lord August 18, 2014. Kevin Huscroft August 18, 2014. Katharine Squires Squires August 18, 2014. James Thompson August 18, 2014. Michael Everitt August 18, 2014.

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