Chris Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Mr. Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970's.
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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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On March 20, 2015 at 12:41GMT Robert Hathaway wrote:

It sure is a small world Chris, and getting smaller!

Back in the day I had more that a couple fun times at Lyndon State. While you were enrolled I was working the door at Nectar's in Burlington most nights (or Sha Na Na's, 3 Needs, Club Metronome, or Bambino's depending). If you ever went out in B-town we likely met in person. I would have been the small clean-cut guy that all the big burly guys listened to... at least the 2nd time :)

If you travel to or through Vermont again, don't spend a dime on a hotel room... we gotcha covered!

On March 1, 2015 at 06:21GMT David Wilson wrote:

Greetings WkiTreer CIC and Cuz!

Thanks for the ROOTSTECH show ;-D


* David *

On February 15, 2015 at 06:06GMT Elyse Doerflinger wrote:

It looks like the WikiTree team had a great time at RootsTech this year! I was following Tami and Eowyn on Facebook and it looks like a great time was had by all. I was definitely green with envy at all the fun and totally missing everyone!

On February 14, 2015 at 17:42GMT Andreas West wrote:

Hi Chris,

I'd like to join the WikiTree Apps project. I do have ideas for apps that automate certain task for (and hopefully then for other interested users as well) their profile to be edited.

My ideas are already inserted in the idea list: WikiTree Apps Ideas

On February 4, 2015 at 20:13GMT Amy Casil wrote:

I'm blown away. I do professional business planning & development and let's just say - everything is right-on. Plus I'm a libertarian sci fi writer in my spare time.

On February 4, 2015 at 19:54GMT Amy Casil wrote:

BOH! I tell you what, for the site founder to say "hello" to new members? It does not get any better than that. Thank you so, Chris! I don't know how much help I can be ... but I guess every bit helps.

On February 4, 2015 at 19:44GMT Amy Casil wrote:

Thank you Chris! I am way far from a professional genealogist, and in fact know little about it. But I have written 26 nonfiction books and write many words a day and have academic access for research purposes. My grandmother had researched her father's family extensively and our family had a genealogy of his family (he isn't yet on my profile but will be). She was proud they could trace his family back more than 10 generations and they were of course pre-Mayflower in Nova Scotia. So I did HER mother, about whose family she spoke little (but did talk a lot about her so I knew her maiden name and date of birth and place of birth. SURPRISE - the real goldmine was her mother in this regard. So yes, moms, grandmas, aunts, etc. They are good too.

On January 28, 2015 at 21:31GMT Susan Chaplin wrote:

Still finding my way around Chris

On January 28, 2015 at 19:37GMT R. P. Nicholson wrote:

Hi Chris, I have been trying to my ancestors but have not found a good program yet, I am looking to see if this one will do the job.

On January 22, 2015 at 10:49GMT Elkin Fricke wrote:

Hi Chris, yes the printed was given to me by my Uncle. I had no idea we had something like that. My grandmother had taken it and expanded it with a lot of her data. Especially those parts about the two world wars. I have made PDFs of all those documents and now have to learn how to upload them here (if possible).

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