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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Debbie Hilliard May 2, 2016. Raphael Rosch May 2, 2016. György Zoltán Szatmári May 2, 2016. Chris Lacefield May 2, 2016. Georg Stadler May 2, 2016. Daniel Kreßner May 2, 2016. Josephine Stevenson May 2, 2016. Tracy Mattox May 2, 2016. Alissa Shuler May 2, 2016. David Cowan May 2, 2016. Elizabeth Johnson May 2, 2016. Christopher McCowan May 2, 2016. John Dumas May 2, 2016. Sherry Algate May 2, 2016. Laurie Parrott May 2, 2016. Bridget Root May 2, 2016. Alicia Wild May 2, 2016. Donna Seay May 2, 2016. Katerina Riabova May 2, 2016. K Courtney May 2, 2016. Craig Daly May 2, 2016. Gaynor Braden May 2, 2016. Brandon Palmer May 2, 2016. Susan Tyson May 2, 2016. Sunny Smith May 2, 2016. Laurie Asselin May 2, 2016. Heather Parks May 2, 2016. Paul Harol May 2, 2016. Daniel Doty May 2, 2016. Neil Wallace May 2, 2016. Catherine Sheetz May 2, 2016. Pamela Reynolds May 2, 2016. Chantelle Gilmore May 2, 2016. Emily Bailey May 2, 2016. Angela Wright May 1, 2016. Andrew Beardsley May 1, 2016. Anastasia Finch May 1, 2016. Melissa Zagrzebski May 1, 2016. Sandy Dingle May 1, 2016. Duncan Darroch May 1, 2016. Michele Storti May 1, 2016. Madison Simmons May 1, 2016. Douglas Lothrop May 1, 2016. Janelle Carpenter May 1, 2016. Carolyn Wright May 1, 2016. Ronald Schaeffer May 1, 2016. Tersia Mouton May 1, 2016. Allison Bowmer May 1, 2016. Meagan Schell May 1, 2016. Tanya Jopson May 1, 2016. Molly Edwards May 1, 2016. Nancy Kosiewski May 1, 2016. TeeCee Saunders May 1, 2016. Brenda Watson May 1, 2016. Dave Decker May 1, 2016. Martha Catharina Jacoba Pozyn May 1, 2016. Linda Martin May 1, 2016. S Aristizabal May 1, 2016. Warren Brundage May 1, 2016. Amber Cardinal May 1, 2016. Barbara J. Frost May 1, 2016. Christianna Ward May 1, 2016. Scott Manning May 1, 2016. Catherine Kruse May 1, 2016. Patricia Miller May 1, 2016. Dorothy Studer May 1, 2016. Kimberly Ross May 1, 2016. David Ringhausen May 1, 2016. Ron McPhail May 1, 2016. Heather Price-Doto May 1, 2016. Anonymous R. Huddleston May 1, 2016. Pedro Jimenez Jacobo May 1, 2016. Pam Friedman May 1, 2016. Heather Corkum May 1, 2016. Jeff Clark May 1, 2016. Kevin Schneider May 1, 2016. Marsha Graham May 1, 2016. Christine Andrews May 1, 2016. Fiona Porter May 1, 2016. Richard Wheeler May 1, 2016. Karen Pulliam May 1, 2016. Scott Chesson May 1, 2016. Charles Phillips May 1, 2016. Stephen Jefferson May 1, 2016. John Rosenthal May 1, 2016. Carol Ranney May 1, 2016. Alan Monger May 1, 2016. Karen Fontenot May 1, 2016. Vaughn J Conrad May 1, 2016. Lisa Hilburn May 1, 2016. J Manners May 1, 2016. Edward Wright May 1, 2016. Gloria Thatcher May 1, 2016. Brian Porter-Szucs May 1, 2016. Heather Evans May 1, 2016. William Schindler May 1, 2016. Trevor Walmsley May 1, 2016. Larry Whipple May 1, 2016. William Longabaugh May 1, 2016. Jennie Davidson May 1, 2016.

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