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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Maria Bare October 25, 2014. Barbara Rita-Keller October 25, 2014. Michael Ferris October 25, 2014. Lisa Topoleski October 25, 2014. Celeste Bethell October 25, 2014. Carole Nowicke October 25, 2014. Denise Duncan October 24, 2014. Loretta Williams October 24, 2014. Creed Huff October 24, 2014. Margaret Perkins October 24, 2014. Michael Crusoe October 24, 2014. Kathy Egan October 24, 2014. Charles McCoy October 24, 2014. Bryan Biddle October 24, 2014. Christine Dobbertien October 24, 2014. Eileen Wright October 24, 2014. Clay McDonald October 24, 2014. Sylvia Snapinn October 24, 2014. Louise Smith October 24, 2014. Robin Goodwin October 24, 2014. Kerrie Carver October 24, 2014. Andrew Niksch October 24, 2014. Richard Nellessen October 24, 2014. Lou Pinto October 24, 2014. Robert E Johnson October 24, 2014. Vickie Harper October 24, 2014. Troy Guthrie October 24, 2014. Leonard Hickey October 24, 2014. Bryan Patterson October 24, 2014. Pat Stewart October 24, 2014. Ron Jenks October 24, 2014. Sheila Parnell October 24, 2014. Maryan Schuler October 24, 2014. David Fontalbert October 24, 2014. Muhammad Williams October 24, 2014. Dianne Wilkinson October 24, 2014. Carolyn Williams October 24, 2014. Patrisia Rawlins October 24, 2014. Lisa Karels October 24, 2014. Richard Kenyon October 24, 2014. Morris Silverman October 24, 2014. Kathleen Burris October 24, 2014. Robert Sheedy October 24, 2014. Alex McFadyen October 24, 2014. Carol Porter October 24, 2014. Edward Frackelton October 24, 2014. Teresa Henry October 24, 2014. Tim Adams October 24, 2014. Angie Barnes October 24, 2014. Brenda Pippin October 24, 2014. Amanda Bildeaux October 24, 2014. Elizabeth Zelle October 24, 2014. Michael Sceniak October 24, 2014. Erin Loveless October 24, 2014. Anonymous Wright October 24, 2014. Deena Gibson October 24, 2014. Jenny Cameron October 24, 2014. Mari Stephenson October 24, 2014. Zbigniew Gała October 23, 2014. Jørgen Erik Rasmussen October 23, 2014. John Grundhauser October 23, 2014. Jan Briggs de Chafloque October 23, 2014. Anonymous Gardner October 23, 2014. Lester Carney October 23, 2014. Holly Wilton October 23, 2014. Robert Baker October 23, 2014. Robert Meldrum October 23, 2014. Miriam Radtke October 23, 2014. Deja Jones October 23, 2014. Keith Achorn October 23, 2014. Mary Maslayak October 23, 2014. John McBride October 23, 2014. David C October 23, 2014. Betty-Jean Junkins October 23, 2014. Mary Moran October 23, 2014. Cory McKay October 23, 2014. Joshua Ferdaszewski October 23, 2014. John Harrison October 23, 2014. Jocelyn Mooers October 23, 2014. Kyle Widmyer October 23, 2014. James Trim October 23, 2014. Bill Polk October 23, 2014. Brian Batchelor October 23, 2014. Jamie Tomlinson October 23, 2014. Cyre Green October 23, 2014. Amanda Parker October 23, 2014. William Girling October 23, 2014. Joseph DiPaolo October 23, 2014. es n October 23, 2014. Christina Allen October 23, 2014. Jason Blum October 23, 2014. Bruce Pearce October 23, 2014. Susan Anderson October 23, 2014. Cathy McCollom October 23, 2014. Jeff White October 23, 2014. Tricia Matsoukas October 23, 2014. Laura Powers October 23, 2014. Emily Darlington October 23, 2014. Kelly Rutz October 23, 2014. Karen Ferguson October 23, 2014.

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