Chris Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Mr. Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970's.
Brother of [private brother (1960's - unknown)]
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Chris is the founder of this website, WikiTree. Previous to this he created WikiAnswers (aka "FAQ Farm", now, 2001-2007) and Free-Market.Net (1995-2001).

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Chris grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with his mother Donna and brother Ted. His father Ted and step-mother Vicki were in the nearby town of Ashby.

In 1989 he graduated from Fitchburg High School and started at Lyndon State College in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. After two years in the small business program there he transferred to New York University to study economics. He graduated from NYU in 1993.

After college he stayed in New York City and worked as the managing editor of a mail order book catalog called Laissez Faire Books. Before this was the only source for many unusual books on libertarian philosophy and free-market economics. In 1994, he started experimenting with the Internet to sell books for Laissez Faire. The e-mail update list he created there was one of the first of its kind.

In 1995 Chris left his job to create a libertarian community and networking site called Free-Market.Net: The Freedom Network (FMN). This site has been called "the mother of all libertarian websites" for its early work in promoting usage of the Internet among free-market organizations and individuals.

In 1997 he created a non-profit organization in Chicago called The Henry Hazlitt Foundation to be a home for FMN and its newer sister sites including, and Bureaucrash. The foundation grew to employ five people full-time and more than a dozen people part-time.

In 2000 Chris met Megan McClellan who was finishing her math degree at the University of Chicago.

In 2001 Chris retired from his non-profit work to be more entrepreneurial again. And to pay off his student loans. This led to the creation of FAQ Farm in 2002, which later became WikiAnswers and then WikiAnswers is a collaborative question and answer site where users can ask a question about anything and other users help answer them. The Q&As become permanent resources so that the same question never has to be asked twice.

In 2004 Chris moved back from Chicago to New York City. Megan was offered a job on Wall Street. The next year, in 2005, Megan was offered a job in London and they took that opportunity to see Europe.

In 2006 Chris and Megan returned from England. They bought a home in northern Westchester County, NY.

Late that year Chris sold his WikiAnswers business. During 2007 he worked with to integrate the site into their company and take advantage of the new economies of scale. In both 2007 and 2008 WikiAnswers was the fastest growing site among the largest US websites. It is now a top 25 US website and gets millions of visitors per day.

In 2008 Chris began work on this site, WikiTree.

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On October 16, 2014 at 02:33GMT Robin Kabrich wrote:

Well, it appears that Whitten-1 and Kabrich-1 are cousins!

Chris and Robin are 10th cousins 1 time removed, John Rogers is the common ancestor . . .news to me!

On October 14, 2014 at 23:53GMT Brian Ward wrote:

Chris and Brian are 12th cousins

On October 11, 2014 at 19:31GMT David Wilson wrote:

Hi Chris,

Please note the "Bug" in my profile page is only a Halloween spoof and not a potential glitch... LOL

Thanks for all you do!

* David *

On October 5, 2014 at 12:41GMT Anne B wrote:

HI Chris, There's one of those merging notices (regarding 400 yr old ancestors) on Atwood-3. Your name is signed to it. It says Atwood-75 is the final ID. Obviously that message has been ignored. You might want to remove the message or look into it.

On October 4, 2014 at 17:57GMT M. Gaulden wrote:

Hey Chris, A fellow researcher and WikiTreeer (Howard Waldrop) found this: 1772, Will of Joseph Rentfro, Esq. witnessed by James Hunt and proved by James Hunt 25 Mar. 1776. [Joida Whitten, "Bedford Co. VA Wills" p. 63, of WB 1, pp. 243-245] Does this one belong to you? Mags

On September 30, 2014 at 21:50GMT Rhel McIntyre wrote:

Thank you Chris. Yes, managed to find the solution to my problem with Agatha. Being very new to this, I will get there!

On September 27, 2014 at 19:45GMT Carol Braden wrote:

Where/Whom do I go resend or FIND "it"...I or someone - deleted my files as it was being okayed. I had a file up to 10 generations.

On September 24, 2014 at 22:40GMT Michael Kitchens wrote:

Thanks Chris, The concept here on Wikitree is that which I have used to create various trees during those slow periods which we all encounter. The duplications on the IGI are quite frustrating as a person can have many birth dates, for example sometimes 100 years apart! I have been merging folks in these trees for years. I should enjoy being part of this project.

On September 24, 2014 at 20:57GMT Fred Adamson wrote:

Thanks Chris, that is a great tip. Hopefully I won't run into any snags tonight. I felt bad because you want to give a good first impression.


On September 19, 2014 at 14:45GMT Sally Stovall wrote:

Chris and Sally Stovall are 10th cousins 2 times removed

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