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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Marella Riner June 28, 2016. Wanda Vergara-Yates June 28, 2016. Sheldon Roth June 28, 2016. Jane Blackler June 28, 2016. Carolyn Franklin June 28, 2016. Christine Miller June 28, 2016. Duncan Noble June 28, 2016. Nikki Armstrong June 28, 2016. Michael Uhl June 28, 2016. Davina Burdett June 28, 2016. David Chapman June 28, 2016. Michaela Long June 28, 2016. Kerrie White June 28, 2016. Patricia Lancaster June 28, 2016. Holana Caminsky June 28, 2016. Mike Moss June 28, 2016. Jessica Cantrell June 28, 2016. Joe Day June 28, 2016. Danielle English June 28, 2016. Joseph Eklund June 28, 2016. Pauline Rhodes June 28, 2016. Ian McGovern June 28, 2016. Betty Davis June 28, 2016. Bob Frank June 28, 2016. James Hildreth June 28, 2016. Marilyn Matthews June 28, 2016. Elaine Garrett June 28, 2016. Angie Norton June 28, 2016. B. Bateman June 28, 2016. Harriet Hobbs June 28, 2016. Richard Root June 27, 2016. Bridget Carpenter June 27, 2016. Mark Bridger June 27, 2016. Pam Lynch June 27, 2016. Mackenzie Lowe June 27, 2016. Robert Erwin June 27, 2016. Andy Greenwood June 27, 2016. Matthew Meadows June 27, 2016. Linda Bannister June 27, 2016. Elizabeth Myatt June 27, 2016. Kathy McManus June 27, 2016. Raymond Liberatore June 27, 2016. Cecilia Ekengren June 27, 2016. Michael Corbett June 27, 2016. Donna Anderson June 27, 2016. Jessica Johnson June 27, 2016. Mark Kasimatis June 27, 2016. Donald Cushing June 27, 2016. Dina Tankersley June 27, 2016. Rose Schultz June 27, 2016. Don Bickel June 27, 2016. Fiona Howarth June 27, 2016. Stephanie Nichols June 27, 2016. Wini Matteson June 27, 2016. Brian Gese June 27, 2016. C. Rogerson June 27, 2016. Brittany Stayton June 27, 2016. Jacqui Fackrell June 27, 2016. Joanne Couley June 27, 2016. Fred Loucks-Schultz June 27, 2016. Douglas Todd June 27, 2016. Lesley Foxwell June 27, 2016. Quakers Project WikiTree June 27, 2016. Ginger Arnold June 27, 2016. Puerto Rican Roots Project WikiTree June 27, 2016. B Ledgerwood June 27, 2016. Kris Winemiller June 27, 2016. Lisa Witkowski June 27, 2016. Ree Russell June 27, 2016. Enrique Agustini Felices June 27, 2016. Sandra Collings June 27, 2016. Ann Malia June 27, 2016. Charles Ryder June 27, 2016. Dennis Watkinson June 27, 2016. Sandra Marvel June 27, 2016. Charlene Douglas June 27, 2016. Dawn Brady June 27, 2016. David Cullen June 27, 2016. Corey Broussard June 27, 2016. John Katitus June 27, 2016. Darin Williamson June 27, 2016. Susanne Kraus-Dahlgren June 27, 2016. Joseph Mcdonough June 27, 2016. Paul Dickey June 27, 2016. Curtis Shelton June 27, 2016. James Britton June 27, 2016. Betty Wollenberg June 27, 2016. Melissa Mathis June 27, 2016. Michelle Cloyd June 27, 2016. Beverly Ray June 27, 2016. Tammie Farmer June 27, 2016. Rebecca Medina June 27, 2016. Lord Arnold June 27, 2016. Martin Peckham June 27, 2016. Kyra Renard June 27, 2016. Virginia Heitman June 27, 2016. Rob Madden June 27, 2016. James Dale June 27, 2016. Patti Brown June 26, 2016. Gary Kmosko June 26, 2016.

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