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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Brandy Thompson August 2, 2014. Linda Krajewski August 2, 2014. Kelly Myers August 2, 2014. Charles Lewis August 2, 2014. Valerie Alexander August 2, 2014. Kyle Ambrose August 2, 2014. Bart Heyneke August 2, 2014. Nicole Badger August 2, 2014. Sarah Baggett August 2, 2014. Heather Marme August 2, 2014. Shannon Hill August 2, 2014. Greg Bealer August 2, 2014. Sam Peck August 2, 2014. Raewyn Chapman August 2, 2014. Deborah Henson August 2, 2014. Jillian Bacon August 2, 2014. Beverly Rothman August 2, 2014. Jeanine Crowley August 2, 2014. Laura Hawk-Loya August 2, 2014. Jacqueline Hughes August 2, 2014. Sarah Wilson August 2, 2014. Bryan Coughlan August 2, 2014. Darci Hanna August 2, 2014. Christine Zeeb August 2, 2014. Larry McFadden August 2, 2014. Samantha Singh August 2, 2014. Betsy Southerland August 2, 2014. Irene Pantalone August 2, 2014. Susanne Black August 2, 2014. Teri Smith August 1, 2014. Annemarie DeVille August 1, 2014. Judi Barney August 1, 2014. Rose Duggan August 1, 2014. Tammy Miles August 1, 2014. Jess Black August 1, 2014. April Rhineheart August 1, 2014. Memrie McConnell August 1, 2014. Theresa Petkau August 1, 2014. Andrew Pegg August 1, 2014. Kevin South August 1, 2014. Ashley Gallaher August 1, 2014. Nathan Gilchrist August 1, 2014. Jean Bell August 1, 2014. Darlene Britzius-Nelson August 1, 2014. Ben Fiore August 1, 2014. John Lattier August 1, 2014. Debra Shalkowski August 1, 2014. Danielle White August 1, 2014. Dan Robertson August 1, 2014. Andrew Brittan August 1, 2014. Lisa Winkler August 1, 2014. Calvin Bales August 1, 2014. Billie Sprouse August 1, 2014. Kelvin L. August 1, 2014. Jo-Ann Wagner August 1, 2014. Angela Liddle August 1, 2014. Jens Nielsen August 1, 2014. Kathleen Lamb August 1, 2014. Evelyn Calfee August 1, 2014. Sue Shackelford August 1, 2014. Nathaniel Mohler August 1, 2014. Greg Harris August 1, 2014. Nancy Campbell August 1, 2014. Samir Mansingh August 1, 2014. Cynthia W August 1, 2014. Jessica Maynard August 1, 2014. Heike Wolf August 1, 2014. Gary Bridgman August 1, 2014. John Sesser August 1, 2014. Adam Bertrand August 1, 2014. Kosti Kostibas August 1, 2014. Jody Nixon August 1, 2014. Carla Wiginton August 1, 2014. Kelly Gough August 1, 2014. Kris Sjostrom August 1, 2014. Sandra Glenn August 1, 2014. Amanda Zitzelman August 1, 2014. Hunter Barcello August 1, 2014. Jason Hall August 1, 2014. Kathy Linberg August 1, 2014. Ashok Patel August 1, 2014. Lorne Mann August 1, 2014. Daniel Threet August 1, 2014. Rick Brown August 1, 2014. Jean Fisher August 1, 2014. Carol Rainey August 1, 2014. Patricia Mester August 1, 2014. Michael Martin August 1, 2014. Todd Boatman August 1, 2014. Joe Sternhagen August 1, 2014. Maureen Martin August 1, 2014. Debbie Seguin August 1, 2014. Mary Yoho August 1, 2014. Pat Wagers August 1, 2014. Julia Ottaway August 1, 2014. Wilma Fraser August 1, 2014. Sudarshan Karki August 1, 2014. David Mace August 1, 2014. Christa Koenig August 1, 2014. Jennifer Cone August 1, 2014.

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