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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Mary Treece January 28, 2015. Megan Grimbleby January 28, 2015. Marvin Lipford January 28, 2015. Kevan Hayden January 28, 2015. Ken Drake January 28, 2015. Wendy Dillenschneider January 28, 2015. Kayla Byers January 28, 2015. Chris Hunter January 28, 2015. Patricia Smith January 28, 2015. Konrad Langlie January 28, 2015. Ben Davis January 28, 2015. William Brunson January 28, 2015. Alice Lail January 28, 2015. Ryan Harlow January 28, 2015. Michael Smith January 28, 2015. Mariana Romo Carmona January 28, 2015. Alecia Curtis January 28, 2015. Rene Arbour January 28, 2015. Dan Ardoin January 28, 2015. Jaime Kramer January 28, 2015. Lyn Richey January 28, 2015. Frank Bretland January 28, 2015. Garry Hamill January 28, 2015. James Villone January 28, 2015. Pramod Chamaria January 28, 2015. Sally Lindquist January 28, 2015. Holly Boardman January 28, 2015. Richard Shutes January 28, 2015. Jerry Barnard January 28, 2015. Kate X January 28, 2015. Janet Simpson January 28, 2015. RaviKiran Gokaraju January 28, 2015. Tracey Tuia January 28, 2015. Benjamin Patch January 28, 2015. Christina Marshall January 28, 2015. Philip Thompson January 28, 2015. David Singleton January 28, 2015. Steven Willoughby January 28, 2015. Anna Young January 28, 2015. Johnnie Stowe January 28, 2015. Michael Cole January 28, 2015. Kathryn Johnson January 28, 2015. Dennis A. Adelmeyer January 28, 2015. Debbie Shannon January 28, 2015. Alvin Adams January 28, 2015. Christopher Fleming January 28, 2015. Douglas Webb January 28, 2015. Janice Carter January 28, 2015. Diana Binney January 27, 2015. Charlotte Hill January 27, 2015. Chris Walter January 27, 2015. Jared Little January 27, 2015. Melissa Tolson January 27, 2015. Peter Farič January 27, 2015. Michelle Bien January 27, 2015. Christine Mantai January 27, 2015. Betty Alexander January 27, 2015. Scott Arnott January 27, 2015. John Richardson January 27, 2015. Andrew Gruden January 27, 2015. Robert Sims January 27, 2015. Ray West January 27, 2015. Hayley Austin January 27, 2015. Lora Derrix January 27, 2015. Jane Lott January 27, 2015. Kandace Kimmel January 27, 2015. Katie LaBarr January 27, 2015. Michelle Lee January 27, 2015. Bruce L January 27, 2015. Laurie Johnston January 27, 2015. Alexander Bogdan January 27, 2015. David Scherr January 27, 2015. Nancy Dorr January 27, 2015. Randy Hoffman January 27, 2015. Katelyn Dekle January 27, 2015. Robin M January 27, 2015. Bridget Peters January 27, 2015. John Hodges January 27, 2015. Vitaly Schmidt January 27, 2015. Jerold Farver January 27, 2015. Louise Brown January 27, 2015. Lynn Gaines January 27, 2015. Jan Smalley January 27, 2015. Marilyn McDaniel January 27, 2015. Christine Ryan January 27, 2015. Stephan Meyer January 27, 2015. Karen Polacek January 27, 2015. Sarah Medlock January 27, 2015. Mary Hosner January 27, 2015. Elizabeth Wilson January 27, 2015. Lolly Linton January 27, 2015. Gaston Croteau January 27, 2015. Leslie Plant January 27, 2015. David D January 27, 2015. Cliff Bott January 27, 2015. Jennifer Maddox January 27, 2015. Mike Ericson January 27, 2015. Suzanne Leyden January 27, 2015. Dawn Roberts January 27, 2015. Carlotta Anderson January 27, 2015.

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