Wiki Genealogist Honor Code

WikiTree is free, but it's not a free-for-all. Our community is collaborating to create something special: an accurate single family tree that's free and open to the world. This grand project requires mutual trust and a common understanding of how the community works.

If you were invited by a family member and are just creating or editing a few private family profiles, the following isn't critical. Those who participate at a higher level must agree to this shared code of ethics and principles.

This code is a pledge that community members make to each other. The creators and hosts of WikiTree have also made a pledge: to keep WikiTree free.

Our Honor Code

  1. We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles.
  2. We care about accuracy. We're always aiming to improve upon our worldwide family tree and fix mistakes.
  3. We know mistakes are inevitable. We don't want to be afraid to make them. We assume that mistakes are unintentional when others make them and ask for the same understanding.
  4. We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly.
  5. We respect privacy. We privacy-protect anything we think our family members might not want public. If that's not enough for someone, we delete their personal information.
  6. We respect copyrights. We don't knowingly copy information that's owned by someone else. If we ourselves want to preserve a copyright, we're clear about what's copyrighted so others don't accidentally copy it.
  7. We give credit. Although most genealogy isn't copyrighted, researchers deserve credit for the work they've done.
  8. We cite sources. Without sources we can't objectively resolve conflicting information.
  9. We are united in a mission to increase the world's common store of knowledge. We always respect copyrights and privacy, but we keep information as free and open as possible.

Signers

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Susan Pelton 20 Feb 2017. Kevin Murphy 20 Feb 2017. Charles Rymal 20 Feb 2017. Paulo Nabuco 20 Feb 2017. Katherine Fincutter 20 Feb 2017. Kathy Watt 20 Feb 2017. Keith Bainbridge 20 Feb 2017. Sean McAbee 20 Feb 2017. Tony Hudson 20 Feb 2017. Angela Canada 20 Feb 2017. Katherine Cruz-Paul 20 Feb 2017. Harvey Lovewell 20 Feb 2017. Michael Harris 20 Feb 2017. Cynthia Harris 20 Feb 2017. Kathleen Kern 20 Feb 2017. Chris Nash 20 Feb 2017. Lisa Goetsch 20 Feb 2017. Donna Wilson 19 Feb 2017. Garn Chilcote 19 Feb 2017. Elizabeth Chambers 19 Feb 2017. Mariesa White 19 Feb 2017. Sue Templeton 19 Feb 2017. Lesley Shone 19 Feb 2017. Michael Wells 19 Feb 2017. L Sweeney 19 Feb 2017. Jeremy Gray 19 Feb 2017. Heather Gray 19 Feb 2017. Susan Butler 19 Feb 2017. Terry Gillham 19 Feb 2017. Michael Paplin 19 Feb 2017. George Glover 19 Feb 2017. Lisa Martello 19 Feb 2017. Charles Jameson 19 Feb 2017. Joyce Harris 19 Feb 2017. Teresa Diane McLeod 19 Feb 2017. Ernie Feasey 19 Feb 2017. Gina Mackey 19 Feb 2017. William Watson 19 Feb 2017. James Frost 19 Feb 2017. Charlotte Grawl 19 Feb 2017. Andrea Hennings 19 Feb 2017. John Fleming 19 Feb 2017. Steve Slatter 19 Feb 2017. Michael Hardy 19 Feb 2017. Patrick Ormos 19 Feb 2017. James Keating 19 Feb 2017. Alan Richardson 19 Feb 2017. Darcy Forsythe Desabrais 19 Feb 2017. Denney Miller 19 Feb 2017. Ed Thompson 19 Feb 2017. John Looser 19 Feb 2017. Christopher Bennett 19 Feb 2017. Rod Stewart 19 Feb 2017. Alexandra Bryden 19 Feb 2017. Marilyn M 19 Feb 2017. David Dixon 19 Feb 2017. Nicole Butler 19 Feb 2017. Denise Cusack 19 Feb 2017. Charleen Scime 19 Feb 2017. Carrie Smith 19 Feb 2017. Matthew Madden 19 Feb 2017. Sandy Whyte 19 Feb 2017. Mark Dionne 19 Feb 2017. Susan Thielemann 19 Feb 2017. Jeffrey Hall 19 Feb 2017. Marilyn Bowie 19 Feb 2017. Tracy Wittko 19 Feb 2017. Dave Smith 19 Feb 2017. Sharon Lindley 19 Feb 2017. Rene Borst 19 Feb 2017. Theresa Miller 19 Feb 2017. Heather Trist 19 Feb 2017. Donna Sue Surrell 19 Feb 2017. June Ruel 19 Feb 2017. Judy Henri-Farry 19 Feb 2017. Angel Einboden 19 Feb 2017. Robert Dickey 19 Feb 2017. Katherine Burgardt 19 Feb 2017. Pat Newson 19 Feb 2017. Melissa Ehrlich 19 Feb 2017. Eric Wettstein 19 Feb 2017. Vera Usselman 19 Feb 2017. Maureen Gillen 19 Feb 2017. Mary Stetzel 18 Feb 2017. Barbara Summers 18 Feb 2017. Denise May 18 Feb 2017. Lori Dewyre 18 Feb 2017. Patricia Hiss 18 Feb 2017. Roxanne McHatten 18 Feb 2017. Fran Bard 18 Feb 2017. Natalia Semenihin 18 Feb 2017. Jeffrey Barrett Kortright 18 Feb 2017. Caroline Lyons 18 Feb 2017. Nicole Claine 18 Feb 2017. Harry Cain 18 Feb 2017. Donna Jurdison 18 Feb 2017. David Thomson 18 Feb 2017. Katherine Smith 18 Feb 2017. Edie Aktinson 18 Feb 2017. Elizabeth Ruhlman 18 Feb 2017.

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See About WikiTree for more on our mission and organization, or Community Membership for more on the benefits of signing the Honor Code.