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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Kathleen Edwards September 22, 2014. Shirley SewHoy September 22, 2014. April McQuerry September 22, 2014. Patrick Daly September 22, 2014. Carlos Bognalbal September 22, 2014. Jorge Robleto September 22, 2014. Margaret Diffey September 22, 2014. James Sharples September 22, 2014. Bill Madlem September 22, 2014. Tamra Francisco September 22, 2014. Marshall Loewenstein September 22, 2014. Michelle Cunningham September 22, 2014. Danielle Fleming September 22, 2014. Dan Cornford September 22, 2014. Carolynn Gill September 22, 2014. Donald Child September 22, 2014. Justin Roberts September 22, 2014. Guy Bowers September 22, 2014. Justine LaPierre September 22, 2014. Karen Milloro September 22, 2014. Ann Unger September 22, 2014. Deanna Alley September 22, 2014. Danilo Augusto Evangelista September 22, 2014. Kristen Garcia September 21, 2014. Ian Smith September 21, 2014. Barbara Rafter September 21, 2014. Renee M September 21, 2014. Corey Hobby September 21, 2014. Cynthia Wilson September 21, 2014. Patricia Cochrane September 21, 2014. Diane Pettibone September 21, 2014. Jason Schoeff September 21, 2014. Tracie Ballard September 21, 2014. Jennifer Warren September 21, 2014. Jeanne Bickerstaff September 21, 2014. Kathie Thurston September 21, 2014. Sarah Tye September 21, 2014. Dale Hughes September 21, 2014. Michaelle Clifton September 21, 2014. Jim Hourin September 21, 2014. Kenny McMurrough-Salazar September 21, 2014. Kari McNair September 21, 2014. Kyle Bolton September 21, 2014. Robb Roberge September 21, 2014. Tonya Kimrey September 21, 2014. Melissa Chaires September 21, 2014. Jerry Hess September 21, 2014. Karen Burch September 21, 2014. Kirk Brouse September 21, 2014. Nickolus Sweet September 21, 2014. Shiela Higginbotham September 21, 2014. Murray Thomson September 21, 2014. J Embree September 21, 2014. Jason Londo September 21, 2014. Claude Hylton September 21, 2014. Vicki Sheldrake September 21, 2014. Deborah Cook September 21, 2014. Rona Megicks September 21, 2014. Cody Rice September 21, 2014. Gunnar Longva September 21, 2014. Winston Anderson September 21, 2014. Andrew Heuett September 21, 2014. Leigh Jasmer September 21, 2014. Joshua Numainville September 21, 2014. Vincent Villi September 21, 2014. David Herl September 21, 2014. Kevin Rumler September 21, 2014. S Ayers September 21, 2014. Jan Long September 21, 2014. Cathy Schneider September 21, 2014. Ashlea Mayne September 21, 2014. Mary Donnelly September 21, 2014. Amy Wilder September 21, 2014. Danielle Scott September 21, 2014. Joe Cate September 21, 2014. Sasha Shepherd September 21, 2014. Randy Auxier September 20, 2014. Jennifer Prell September 20, 2014. Richard Guertin September 20, 2014. Laura Pennington September 20, 2014. James Wilson September 20, 2014. Michael Kisch September 20, 2014. Jonathan Pomerantz September 20, 2014. Richard Dunn September 20, 2014. James Bender September 20, 2014. Juliet Turbitt September 20, 2014. Thomas Evans September 20, 2014. David Jacobi September 20, 2014. Ron Riedell September 20, 2014. Susan Gilbert September 20, 2014. Kathrynne Grant September 20, 2014. Sharon Kingdon September 20, 2014. Peggy Bartley September 20, 2014. Walta Evans September 20, 2014. Michael Jones September 20, 2014. Paul Botts September 20, 2014. Nathan Horning September 20, 2014. Albert Bainbridge September 20, 2014. Alan Smith September 20, 2014. Curt Kates September 20, 2014.

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