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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Rachael Howell May 29, 2016. Julianne Duncan May 29, 2016. Lyn Jarman May 29, 2016. Micah Starks May 29, 2016. Chip Harrell May 29, 2016. Patricia Iwers May 29, 2016. Judy Krone May 28, 2016. Rick Neeley May 28, 2016. Andrew Taylor May 28, 2016. Anne McClanahan May 28, 2016. Rebecca Flynn May 28, 2016. Ray Hynes May 28, 2016. Laura Nunnelee May 28, 2016. Jerry Davis May 28, 2016. Shelagh Mason-Ebenal May 28, 2016. C Doyle May 28, 2016. Amy Weber May 28, 2016. Wendy Stubbs May 28, 2016. Nathan Wilson May 28, 2016. Roy Henry Hoskin May 28, 2016. Sherre Robbins May 28, 2016. Gina Crawford May 28, 2016. Jason Smith May 28, 2016. Jenny Daugherty May 28, 2016. Bob Zimmerman May 28, 2016. Michelle James May 28, 2016. Andrea Brennan May 28, 2016. Joan Hamilton May 28, 2016. Andy Cowles May 28, 2016. Anonymous Sherman May 28, 2016. Richard Leach May 28, 2016. Barbara Lester May 28, 2016. Ragnar Mjelde May 28, 2016. Donny Vaught May 28, 2016. Ruth Gibson May 28, 2016. Lorraine Baunach May 28, 2016. Trish Blegen May 28, 2016. Timothy Devore May 28, 2016. Stephen Helton May 28, 2016. Anthony Gallagher May 28, 2016. James Carruthers May 28, 2016. Darcie Dufault May 28, 2016. Adriaan Serfontein May 28, 2016. Janet Ewer May 28, 2016. Joanne Nelson May 28, 2016. Walda Coetzee May 28, 2016. Lois Gluck-Johnson May 28, 2016. Kathryn Tynan May 28, 2016. Mary Donnellan May 28, 2016. Bryce Wheeler May 28, 2016. Randa Miller May 28, 2016. Brandie Curry May 28, 2016. Philip Rhoades May 28, 2016. Donna Conlen May 28, 2016. Crysania Dante May 28, 2016. Gabrielle Torner May 28, 2016. Khris Paulk May 28, 2016. Arron Dollarhide May 28, 2016. Donna Beaty May 28, 2016. Robert Blaydes May 28, 2016. Warwick Marshall May 28, 2016. Monica Harris May 28, 2016. Teri Maresh May 28, 2016. Paul Zimmerman May 28, 2016. Connie Johnson May 28, 2016. Mike Wood May 28, 2016. S. Williams May 28, 2016. Nancy Petrie May 28, 2016. Michael Smolenak May 28, 2016. Dawn Murray May 28, 2016. Marta Starr May 28, 2016. Bill Debuque May 27, 2016. Pete George May 27, 2016. Edwina Foster May 27, 2016. Andre Baltimore May 27, 2016. Adam Abrams May 27, 2016. Delila Witt May 27, 2016. Jana Gregory May 27, 2016. Richard McHenry May 27, 2016. Rachel M May 27, 2016. Lisa Wingeard May 27, 2016. Margareta Laumann May 27, 2016. Christine Rishel May 27, 2016. Nikki Williams May 27, 2016. Judy Gauss May 27, 2016. Donna Farrell May 27, 2016. Jamie Blakley May 27, 2016. Phil Lowery May 27, 2016. Rosie Blake May 27, 2016. Darrell Angleton May 27, 2016. Gray Siegel May 27, 2016. Christina G May 27, 2016. Kathleen Hamilton May 27, 2016. Cynthia McClelland May 27, 2016. Marvin Bultena May 27, 2016. Gerald Reynolds May 27, 2016. Debra Olson May 27, 2016. Brandie Lewis May 27, 2016. Billie Bowman May 27, 2016. Marilyn Morlan May 27, 2016.

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