Christian Isaac Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Mr. Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970's.
Brother of [private brother (1960's - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (2000's - unknown)]
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Chris is the founder and CEO 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 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 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, 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 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 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.


  • DNA confirmation of paternal relationship based on 23andMe tests taken by Chris and Ted showing "47.6% DNA shared across 22 segments" according to 23andMe.
  • Confidence of maternal relationship based on eye witness reports from mother and father. :-)

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Chris is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
I feel strongly that DNA testing is a key component of our single family tree project. If you have suggestions for improving DNA integration on WikiTree please post in G2G.
My mother's maiden name. The current brick wall is Richard Howes b. ca. 1816 in Ireland.
Some members use this tag in G2G to suggest improvements; it's not official.
Legge is my great grand-grandmother's name. The family is from Nova Scotia. I'd be interested in participating in a one name study if anyone starts one.
Oldford is my maternal grandmother's name. Her parents were from Newfoundland. I'd be interested in participating in a one name study if anyone starts one. Let me know!
Storrs is my great grand-grandmother's name. The family is from Connecticut. I'd be interested in participating in a one name study if anyone starts one.
My Whitten ancestors are from Maine. I think most New England Whittens are related, but southern Whittens may not be.
I do like to hear the nice things people say. :-)
If you're a programmer please join our apps project. I believe that empowering independent developers is essential to the future growth of WikiTree.

DNA Tested
Chris Whitten's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Chris or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Chris Whitten - Family Tree DNA yDNA 67 markers
    Haplogroup R-M269
    Ysearch D3D3Z
    Family Tree DNA kit 124309
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Chris Whitten - Family Tree DNA mtDNA HVR1
    Haplogroup U5
    Mitosearch D3D3Z
    Family Tree DNA kit 124309
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Chris:

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On April 28, 2016 at 17:45GMT Summer Orman wrote:

Thanks, Chris! We're off to a good start for sure. We're rockin' and rollin'!

On April 28, 2016 at 15:15GMT Susan Blazek wrote:

Hi Chris, yes, my grandmother Natalie E Whitten grew up in Lynn or Swampscott MA... her father was Harry Ellsworth Whitten, and her mother was Bessie Louise (Durgin) Whitten. So yes, we are probably related somewhere in there.

On April 27, 2016 at 14:23GMT Leake Little wrote:

I'm not selling BigY - however Next Generation Sequencing is the best discovery testing method for the Y chromosome in that it clearly identifies specific paternal family lines (surname) and it brings your DNA results into the genealogical time frame of the last 200-300 years.

On April 26, 2016 at 13:20GMT Summer Orman wrote:

A sincere thank you Chris, I'm kinda speechless. That doesn't happen very often. I've got a big mouth!


On April 26, 2016 at 01:35GMT Leake Little wrote:

Hi Chris - time to make the jump to the BigY, you've been R-M269 for too long!

On April 22, 2016 at 17:33GMT Barbara Roesch wrote:

Chris, Thanks for sending me the link about "Communication before Editing" - can't find it in the list in G2G to thank you but that is the

Best Answer! There are many helping aids but sometimes hard to find just the right one. Thank you again! Barb

On April 11, 2016 at 03:53GMT Robin Craig wrote:

All confirmed descendants of Anne of York now have the Study by the University of Leicester as a source. Many of them already did (Thanks to Veronica Williams).

On March 21, 2016 at 15:22GMT Meridith Burwood wrote:

I'll research it some more as my brick wall has not been there long (only started on that branch this fall)

On March 21, 2016 at 15:19GMT Meridith Burwood wrote:

That is awesome! It would be my daughter you match. I added the other Whittens to wikitree that are the direct descendents . At a brick wall with her 5th great grandfather George Whitten born in Maine. It looks like yours go back to Massachusetts so I'm thinking that probably is the connection. It's so hard to tell sometimes.

On March 16, 2016 at 10:14GMT Dvbfour Van Buren wrote:

I'm guessing Chris is on the Finley side of my tree. My main focus is Finleys and Van Buren's from Ohio. My wall is John Van Buren from about 1790, son's Jacob and John, but I've gone all the way back to the year 500 on the Finleys, my grandmother... Happy St Patricks Day...

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Queen Elizabeth II Chris is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 24 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 31 degrees from Gene Kelly, 20 degrees from Maureen O'Hara and 21 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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