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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Bob Armstrong March 29, 2015. James Dixon March 29, 2015. Melanie Letsos March 29, 2015. Roy Shakespeare March 29, 2015. Loretta Siefferman March 29, 2015. Julia Mathieson March 29, 2015. Scott Turkington March 29, 2015. Rick Marion March 29, 2015. Mary Lou Shaw March 29, 2015. Janette Opperman March 29, 2015. Steve Hatchett March 29, 2015. Wayne Gallt March 29, 2015. Jennifer Kendall March 29, 2015. Christopher Edwards March 29, 2015. Jay Swearingen March 29, 2015. James Fairchild March 29, 2015. Melissa Okely March 29, 2015. Karel Neckar March 29, 2015. Diane Custer March 29, 2015. Jan Stuart March 29, 2015. Len Hokin March 29, 2015. Dee Anne Hall March 29, 2015. Jennifer Austin March 29, 2015. Kepler Sticka-Jones March 29, 2015. Vadie Hooper March 29, 2015. Archi Birch March 29, 2015. Kerstin Anonymous March 29, 2015. Rick Bishop March 29, 2015. Sherri Gillanders March 29, 2015. Catherine Harris March 29, 2015. Arielle Hewitt March 29, 2015. John Verry March 29, 2015. Scott Campbell March 29, 2015. Betty McDonald March 29, 2015. Michael Richardson March 29, 2015. Evelyn Currier March 29, 2015. Jennifer Hall March 29, 2015. Lou Toft March 29, 2015. June Thompson March 29, 2015. Paul Robison March 29, 2015. Robert Perry March 29, 2015. Robert Vansel March 29, 2015. William Moore March 29, 2015. Arvel Harris March 29, 2015. Stephanie Cabrera March 28, 2015. James Allred March 28, 2015. Jedidiah Long March 28, 2015. Cookie Gerow March 28, 2015. Deborah Compton March 28, 2015. Paul Fessenden March 28, 2015. Graham Hutchinson March 28, 2015. Lynn Skeen March 28, 2015. Michelle R March 28, 2015. Ian Dixon March 28, 2015. Jacqueline Western March 28, 2015. Clark Lind March 28, 2015. Sandra Wülfing March 28, 2015. Brian Sager March 28, 2015. Sam Dibrell March 28, 2015. Brian Huffman March 28, 2015. David Webb March 28, 2015. Jan Fanelli March 28, 2015. Cindi Bell March 28, 2015. Laurel Harriger March 28, 2015. Susan McMahon March 28, 2015. Larnika Trollip March 28, 2015. William Harrison Airey March 28, 2015. Kim Kisner March 28, 2015. Gerry McCann March 28, 2015. Beth Carter March 28, 2015. Deborah Head March 28, 2015. Burniece Baverstock March 28, 2015. John Haslam March 28, 2015. Curtis Pollard March 28, 2015. Lynell Jenkins March 28, 2015. Erwin Lepiarczyk March 28, 2015. Peter Jenkins March 28, 2015. John Lange March 28, 2015. Willem Trollip March 28, 2015. Morton Short March 28, 2015. Art Clarke March 28, 2015. Ruth Presley March 28, 2015. Amy Gronseth March 28, 2015. Kristen Marcus March 28, 2015. Barbara Mullally March 28, 2015. Christa Lombard March 28, 2015. Nigel Hurst March 28, 2015. Wilfredo Rivera March 28, 2015. Matt Ward March 28, 2015. Kyle Mohler March 28, 2015. Ron Rathbun March 28, 2015. Heather Corey March 28, 2015. Jennifer Hart March 28, 2015. John Ryan March 28, 2015. Pam Mulford March 28, 2015. Carolyn Caflisch March 28, 2015. Pam Leffmann March 28, 2015. Stuart Purvis-Smith March 28, 2015. Joyce Fitzgerald March 28, 2015. Kim Ziegler March 28, 2015.

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