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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 at Lyndon he transferred to New York University. He graduated from NYU with a degree in economics in 1993.
After college he stayed in New York City and worked as the managing editor of a small mail order book catalog named Laissez Faire Books. Before Amazon.com 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 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 sister sites including libertarian.org, ifeminists.com 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.
The next year, Chris left 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 Answers.com. 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 and Megan moved back from Chicago to New York City. 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 Answers.com to integrate the site into their company. In both 2007 and 2008 WikiAnswers was the fastest growing site among the largest US websites. It became a top 25 US website with millions of visitors per day.
In 2008 Chris began work on this site, WikiTree, and has been working on it full-time ever since.
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- Confidence of maternal relationship based on eye witness reports from mother and father. :-)
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Family Tree DNA kit 124309
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Family Tree DNA kit 124309
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- Ted (Whitten) Whittenkraus - 23andMe
- Becky (Nally) Syphers - 23andMe
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On November 12, 2015 at 14:04GMT Nanette Pezzutti wrote:
I'm working my way through the book "James Ludden, The Old Planter...." Maybe I'll find your aunt when I get to the most recent generations. That might give you a closer connection to President James Garfield! -NGP
On November 4, 2015 at 20:50GMT Jeannette Saladino wrote:
Want to thank you so very much for the Family List you compiled on WiKiTree; It is phenomenal! It appears (uncertain) that we are 20th cousins. However, I have traced many other ancestors to Thomas Davenport and others we share in the Relationship Finder. Also, my mtDNA Haplogroup is U6a7. I have no doubt that we are connected. I also come up as being the 20th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. My DNA shows that I have English ancestors. I know I have French, Spanish, Italian, etc. (royal) ancestry; confirmed with Ancestry and 23andMe testing. I intend to peruse your list to see what I can come up with. This is great fun for me. Sincerely, Jeannette
On October 14, 2015 at 12:11GMT Alan Runciman wrote:
I've been notified you've edited a Free Space Profile I am a manager of - "Scotland and Beyond". I don't see what it is despite referring to the changes. Could you clarify & explain please? Thanks Alan Runciman
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On August 31, 2015 at 23:27GMT Q Grant-Lawrence wrote:
I've joined the google group for the wikitree apps project. I'm definitely interesting in developing/discovering new tools for wikiTree or genealogy research in general. In any event I'd like to be involved.
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