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 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 May 27, 2015 at 18:36GMT Joseph Furney wrote:


On May 23, 2015 at 16:58GMT Philip Smith wrote:

Just went through the work on

Very nice, I like it. Thank you.

On May 21, 2015 at 07:00GMT Maryann Hurt wrote:

Hi Chris,

I noticed the Category: Orders, decorations, and medals is now under Category: Military. Not all Orders are awarded for military service. For example, Australian Honours are awarded to many people for community service. The Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.

Is it possible to find another home for the top category, (which, to be pedantic, should use capitlisation for each noun as in Orders, Decorations, and Medals) please?

On April 30, 2015 at 09:44GMT Steve Bartlett wrote:


Please, please, adapt the input phrase 'First-hand information as remembered by...' It is clearly wrong for me to say this when I have researched it from a Parish Record, copied it from a Marriage Certificate, etc. etc. I have changed over 300 in the past month, and it bugs me each time. I KNOW I can overwrite it. I KNOW it forces me to think. I change it to 'entered by...'. This means anyone can check with me if they want to. I have followed the definitive rule DWWA!

On April 16, 2015 at 23:48GMT Carolyn Martin wrote:

Wow! Just saw you awarded me the Community Star badge! Thanks so much. I have set up three cemeteries (one each in Key West, Florida, Tallahassee, Florida and Bainbridge, GA so far, and have been adding photos and profiles. It has become an obsession. I love doing it.

On April 16, 2015 at 20:51GMT Carolyn Martin wrote:

Thanks for the lovely compliment. I really enjoy doing the cemetery photos and profiles.

On April 15, 2015 at 19:32GMT Katherine Jones wrote:

Thank you for the welcoming, it might take me some time to understand this site.

On April 14, 2015 at 19:09GMT Albertus de Friest Macnamara wrote:

Hello Chris,

since you commented on an answer of mine at G2G, i looked up our possible relationship and found that: you and I are are 9th cousins once removed, based on Albertus and Chris both being descendants of Thomas Tupper. And to think, until 1998 i was related to nobody: which is why Wikitree is so amazing for me! Thank you for making this possible. Albertus

On April 2, 2015 at 15:22GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


I noticed your new Club 100 badge.

Congratulations ☺

Keep up the nice work.


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!

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