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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Korlina Jansen July 4, 2015. Ariel Holdsworth July 4, 2015. Bonnie Schantz July 4, 2015. Dean Bellamy July 4, 2015. Mark Bonnell July 4, 2015. Colette Hayden July 4, 2015. Terry Lewis July 4, 2015. Anonymous Anonymous July 4, 2015. Marie-Eve Bonneau July 4, 2015. Heather Boux July 4, 2015. Carla DeVelder July 4, 2015. Carsten Bundgaard Bøgh Nielsen July 4, 2015. Joan Churchill July 4, 2015. Jolene Kay Giles July 4, 2015. Shirley Wilson July 4, 2015. Travis Wilson July 4, 2015. Jamethy Peters July 4, 2015. Janet Housewright July 4, 2015. Josh Cagle July 4, 2015. Alex Ayres July 4, 2015. Joie Schiferl July 4, 2015. Shannon Zdanowicz July 4, 2015. Stan Walton July 4, 2015. Richard Keegan July 4, 2015. Shelly Skeens July 3, 2015. David Parr July 3, 2015. Keri Sanders July 3, 2015. James Doggette July 3, 2015. Watson Phillips July 3, 2015. Kathleen Winder July 3, 2015. Donald Broussard July 3, 2015. Kate Haberkorn July 3, 2015. Jody Johnson July 3, 2015. Bonnie Schrack July 3, 2015. Audrea Thomas July 3, 2015. Timothy Thorburn July 3, 2015. Claudia Delezenski July 3, 2015. Nancy Gill July 3, 2015. Kevin Newnan July 3, 2015. Jessica Gagnon July 3, 2015. New Netherland Settlers WikiTree July 3, 2015. Mark Claunch July 3, 2015. Curtis Carter July 3, 2015. Suzanne Spear July 3, 2015. David Dunshea July 3, 2015. Arlene Watters July 3, 2015. Pamela Durrance July 3, 2015. Andrea Chase July 3, 2015. Judy Berry July 3, 2015. Wanda Katalina July 3, 2015. Jack Daniels July 3, 2015. Lawrence Barton July 3, 2015. John Alexander July 3, 2015. Michaela Sutherland-Wong July 3, 2015. Bastiaan Anink July 3, 2015. Jocelyn Hilger July 3, 2015. Patricia Wiseman July 3, 2015. Mike Moses July 3, 2015. Leanne Sutton July 3, 2015. Kenny Van Wasshnova July 3, 2015. Kerrie Oliver July 3, 2015. Ann Golden July 3, 2015. Iris Naccarelli July 3, 2015. Marsha Kelly July 3, 2015. Melanie Robinson July 3, 2015. Sarah Brenner July 3, 2015. Wes Latt July 3, 2015. Sarah Nelson July 3, 2015. James Harper July 3, 2015. Kensyl Burns July 3, 2015. Margaret Ingham July 3, 2015. Marek Wacław Michniewicz July 3, 2015. Sharon Spedding July 3, 2015. Samantha Morgan July 3, 2015. Leah See July 2, 2015. Adora Alford July 2, 2015. Ronald Reagan July 2, 2015. Christiaan van Zyl July 2, 2015. Judy David July 2, 2015. Donna Gurgle July 2, 2015. Gail Hall July 2, 2015. Evelyn Duncan July 2, 2015. Robin Smith July 2, 2015. Patty Wilson July 2, 2015. Joyce Mitchell July 2, 2015. Randy Wilson July 2, 2015. Melinda Hickerson July 2, 2015. Ray DuPont July 2, 2015. Royce Wolfe July 2, 2015. Susan Pierce July 2, 2015. Sallyann Wilcox July 2, 2015. Rachel Crawford July 2, 2015. Jenny Joy July 2, 2015. Shonnag Beaton July 2, 2015. Peter Ward July 2, 2015. Randy Brooks July 2, 2015. Lori Bosher July 2, 2015. Charlene Teifer July 2, 2015. Grace Junginger July 2, 2015. Kevin Cooper July 2, 2015.

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