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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Categories: WikiTree Team | WikiTree Leaders | DNA Project | Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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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Followed Tags
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 February 11, 2016 at 21:51GMT A. Tomkins wrote:

Hey it was great meeting you too! I WILL be posting more I promise! FYI Just figured out we are 13th cousins once removed! lol

On January 29, 2016 at 06:15GMT John Vickery wrote:

10th cousin 3xr , Kewl-Site-Cuzz ! :)

On January 28, 2016 at 19:15GMT Beatriz Benavente wrote:

¿Cómo se EDITA Chris?

On January 27, 2016 at 16:15GMT James Rugh wrote:

Hi Chris - For future reference, what date do you consider the official "birthday" of WikiTree? You know, for lavish parties, bottles of champagne, media releases, etc.?

On January 27, 2016 at 15:33GMT Lola Cain wrote:

Thank you for your explanation. It now occurs to me that those were probably things that were stated on my former profile and they just merged into the new profile when it was merged. That makes me feel a lot better, knowing that my old profile is not being credited at this point. Thank you for your reply.

On January 21, 2016 at 03:00GMT Dodie Bartlett wrote:

Hello Cris!

My name is Dodie and I lead the Bartlett Name Study. If you would like to join the Study with your Bartlett line, please add Category: Bartlett Name Study. I have some interesting information so far on the page alone with some resources and information about the coat of arms. I look forward to you joining! :)

Dodie Bartlett

On December 21, 2015 at 12:36GMT Linda Massey wrote:

I compared us on GedMatch and didn't get a hit, but since I'm not related by blood to Whitten (my relation is his wife's family) that isn't surprising. Those Whittens also came down from Maine though so you may be interested in them. There are more Whittens on my tree masseylj.

You can use the One-to-One Compare tool to compare two people on Gedmatch. You'll get a screen where you put in your GedMatch kit # and the other person's kit #. The only other thing I change on that form is to click "Yes" to show the graph. The rest of it you can ignore and just click "Submit". If you ran the graph option, the final result will be at the bottom of the page.

On December 18, 2015 at 20:54GMT Elisa Mayfield wrote:

Thank you so much for fixing my profile Ewing-1560. I am a newbie and at the beginning of the wikitree learning curve.

On December 18, 2015 at 14:58GMT Laura Scott wrote:

I miss my daily wikitree feed :-(

I have been absent for a couple of months. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and he has now passed on. I need my daily boaster to start my day :-) HELP

On December 15, 2015 at 19:30GMT Tom Mckenzie wrote:

Chris, Thank you for the help with my family from co. Fermanagh, Ireland Tom

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Queen Elizabeth II Chris is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 25 degrees from Frank Russell Capra, 25 degrees from Mark Hamill, 24 degrees from AJ Jacobs and 22 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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