Wiki Genealogist Honor Code

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.

WikiTree is free, but it's not a free-for-all. Our wiki genealogy community is creating something special: a worldwide 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, this isn't critical, but those who participate at a higher level must agree to this shared code of ethics and principles.

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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Isa Bischop, April 20, 2014. JIll Stratton, April 20, 2014. Fredrick Thomas, April 20, 2014. Viktoria Kotrel, April 20, 2014. Hugh Haiker, April 20, 2014. Heidi Estrada, April 20, 2014. Susen Bryant, April 20, 2014. Wendy Winter Hookins, April 20, 2014. Andrew MacLeod, April 20, 2014. Kevin Grayson, April 20, 2014. Aimee Steinka, April 20, 2014. Debbie Lauer, April 20, 2014. Ian Macro, April 20, 2014. Norm Ingalls, April 20, 2014. Brenda Hughes, April 20, 2014. Don Bowker, April 20, 2014. Jim Olivier, April 20, 2014. Jeremy Houston, April 20, 2014. Gunvor Lindström, April 20, 2014. Mona X, April 20, 2014. Advonssir Teixeira, April 20, 2014. Achim Maisl, April 20, 2014. Sharon Miesel, April 20, 2014. Mariejozee Geleick, April 20, 2014. Chris Roberts, April 20, 2014. Theadora Francis, April 20, 2014. Larry Banks, April 20, 2014. Maxine Bennett, April 20, 2014. John Te Rore, April 20, 2014. A. Raper, April 20, 2014. Kimberley Wilkins, April 20, 2014. Brandon Azzarella, April 20, 2014. Freida Meisinger, April 20, 2014. Carole Erickson, April 20, 2014. Roger Harris, April 20, 2014. Esmeralda Farias, April 20, 2014. Susie x, April 20, 2014. Lyndsae Raleigh, April 20, 2014. Emily Barrett, April 19, 2014. Eldon Warfield, April 19, 2014. Kimberly Strain, April 19, 2014. Susan Martin, April 19, 2014. Henry Walters, April 19, 2014. Julia Muller, April 19, 2014. Christine Osborne, April 19, 2014. Velma Sampson, April 19, 2014. Jim Swift, April 19, 2014. Jacqueline Owens, April 19, 2014. Sherry Stanfield, April 19, 2014. John Teel, April 19, 2014. Elizabeth Scholtz, April 19, 2014. Chet Hartman, April 19, 2014. Mary McKeel, April 19, 2014. Jorge Zamanillo, April 19, 2014. Pat Stewart, April 19, 2014. Gary Bauer, April 19, 2014. Shane Dukes, April 19, 2014. Emiliana Mazza, April 19, 2014. Lorelei Palmer, April 19, 2014. Ellen Leemann, April 19, 2014. Anita McCray, April 19, 2014. Donald Senn, April 19, 2014. Kirsteen Lennox, April 19, 2014. Brian McCarthy, April 19, 2014. Ronald Rowland, April 19, 2014. Samantha Laborn, April 19, 2014. Robert Mcgregor, April 19, 2014. Jayleen Fretwell, April 19, 2014. Julie Bell, April 19, 2014. Heinrich Richter, April 19, 2014. Theresa Dunnaway, April 19, 2014. Kevin Porter, April 19, 2014. Janis Berger, April 19, 2014. Vickie Eaton, April 19, 2014. Krisna Reece, April 19, 2014. Linda Maloney, April 19, 2014. Penny Blake, April 19, 2014. Camille Morgan, April 19, 2014. Rebecca Schultz, April 19, 2014. James Caldwell, April 19, 2014. Ryan Souders, April 19, 2014. Doug Hebert, April 19, 2014. Craig Gladden, April 19, 2014. Indira Iman, April 19, 2014. Shirley Burgoyne, April 19, 2014. Leigh Mueller, April 19, 2014. Charlotte Ketchum, April 19, 2014. Graeme Anderson, April 19, 2014. Stephanie Holladay, April 19, 2014. Rachael Whitelegg, April 19, 2014. Jennifer Mills, April 18, 2014. Janis Thompson, April 18, 2014. Steve Dyson, April 18, 2014. Brandy Hamilton, April 18, 2014. Lana Payne, April 18, 2014. Anonymous Harrison, April 18, 2014. Margaret Haigh, April 18, 2014. Mike Hayes, April 18, 2014. Peter Huston, April 18, 2014. Terence Conklin, April 18, 2014.

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