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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Lisle Ryder November 24, 2014. Marci Kippenbrock November 24, 2014. Bill Suggs November 24, 2014. Jeffrey Mann November 24, 2014. Sally Innes November 24, 2014. John Bylander November 24, 2014. Clint Gillom November 24, 2014. LaDonna David November 24, 2014. Jonathan Hammon November 24, 2014. Barbara Groff November 24, 2014. Julie Napier November 24, 2014. Robert Evans November 24, 2014. Henry Knoth November 24, 2014. Valerie Webber November 24, 2014. Paul Anderson November 24, 2014. Sandie Mustchin November 24, 2014. Joe Franklin November 23, 2014. John Haak November 23, 2014. Marie Correia November 23, 2014. Donna Shockey November 23, 2014. Florence Selby November 23, 2014. Jane Emerson November 23, 2014. June Smith November 23, 2014. Lindsay Washer November 23, 2014. Maria Farrell November 23, 2014. Shea Johnson November 23, 2014. Carole Lauzon November 23, 2014. Betty Apes November 23, 2014. Myke Salmon November 23, 2014. Cynthia Herker November 23, 2014. Michael Eldrich November 23, 2014. David Bartholomew November 23, 2014. Irene Plotzker November 23, 2014. Christopher Hill November 23, 2014. Carol Oman November 23, 2014. Frank Holtzhauer November 23, 2014. Sheila Bates November 23, 2014. Keith Riggle November 23, 2014. Tom Jackson November 23, 2014. Lisa Tibble November 23, 2014. Deborah Slaughter November 23, 2014. Charles Johnson November 23, 2014. Kent Maynard November 23, 2014. Roberta Strickland November 23, 2014. Lynn Galfond November 23, 2014. Charlotte Wilson November 23, 2014. Paul Knutson November 23, 2014. Harmony Canfield November 23, 2014. Klára Stolářová November 23, 2014. Mel Lyons November 23, 2014. James Adair November 23, 2014. w Lynton November 23, 2014. Anonymous Person November 23, 2014. Nathaniel Whitehouse November 23, 2014. Kelly Moore November 23, 2014. Mia Langen November 23, 2014. David John Gowland November 23, 2014. Chris Ryan November 23, 2014. Dee S November 23, 2014. Robert Curry November 23, 2014. Cindy Fuller November 23, 2014. Rick Saunders November 23, 2014. Pam Chappell November 23, 2014. Deborah Reidinger November 23, 2014. Kevin Delaney November 23, 2014. Deanna Weber November 23, 2014. Mark Anderson November 23, 2014. Christopher Johnson November 23, 2014. Sharon Casavant November 23, 2014. Phillip Black November 23, 2014. Laurie Hall November 23, 2014. Brenda Taulbee November 23, 2014. Renee Hunt November 22, 2014. Toni Elizabeth Hanagan November 22, 2014. Barbara Bost November 22, 2014. Rachel Tuttle November 22, 2014. Matthew Tompkins November 22, 2014. Tommy Hollis November 22, 2014. Vanessa Long Villery Villery November 22, 2014. Coral Williams November 22, 2014. Mary High November 22, 2014. Dorothy Beardsley November 22, 2014. Dolly Baxter November 22, 2014. Carol Mathison November 22, 2014. Kristina M November 22, 2014. Tim Schoonover November 22, 2014. Roger Elder November 22, 2014. Norman Richards November 22, 2014. Jack Halsey November 22, 2014. Thomas Creasey November 22, 2014. Tom Colling November 22, 2014. D Sisk November 22, 2014. Greg Plaisted November 22, 2014. Peter Robinson November 22, 2014. Gina Bowles November 22, 2014. Marla O'Connor November 22, 2014. Marc Ferguson November 22, 2014. Valley Webb November 22, 2014. Harold Rempel November 22, 2014. Lorena Ridpath November 22, 2014.

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