Chris Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970s.
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Categories: WikiTree Team | Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Chris is the founder and CEO of this website, WikiTree.

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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

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.


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with 23andMe test matches between Chris and his father Ted showing "47.6% DNA shared across 22 segments" according to 23andMe.
  • Paternal relationship is also confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Keith Whitten Sr. and Chris Whitten match on 37 out of 37 markers, as reported by Family Tree DNA. This confirms their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Richard Whitten.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with AncestryDNA test matches between Chris and both a grandchild ("G.C.") and great-grandchild of Havelock P. Howes. They are a second cousin once removed and a third cousin to Chris. This matches the predicted relationships reported by AncestryDNA: 3rd - 4th cousins, Confidence: Extremely High and 4th - 6th cousins, Confidence: High.

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Chris is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
I'm following this tag so I can monitor changes to our example profiles.
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. Most New England Whittens seem to come from the same immigrant family, but Whittens in the Southern US are usually not closely related.
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.

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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: Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Chris Whitten: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1, haplogroup U5, FTDNA kit #124309
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Chris:

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On 8 Jan 2019 at 03:22 GMT Doug Whitten wrote:

Hi Chris, thanks for the welcome. I was surprised when I learned a Whitten had founded this web site. I must admit that I am at a novice to intermediate level on my research abilities. I hope that as I learn more about the site and the work of the members, I can increase my abilities. Thanks for the opportunity.

On 31 Dec 2018 at 00:06 GMT Joyce Smith wrote:

Chris, looks like we are 10th cousins once removed, share a grandfather, John Thurston. Just saying hello. Love this genealogy site. Thanks for creating Wikitree. Joyce Smith

On 6 Dec 2018 at 23:53 GMT Mila Rechcigl Jr. wrote:

Dear Chris:.

I need your help! You are the WikiTree founder. I have sent a number of copmplaints to your WikiTree Team Leaders about the fact that Ron Hallberg stole my data on Demuth family and now he claims them for his own. I spent a long time researching the family and publshed them years before WikiTree ever existed. Yet, WikiTtree has taken no action. Is a law suit the only way to put it right?

Mila Rechcigl

On 22 Sep 2018 at 17:52 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:


One last message, thanks for Certifying for the Pre=1700's ancestors. Mostly thanks for adding locations to the ancestors DOB and DOD along with researched sources. The sources make the ancestor exist.

It was a pleasure to read your pages...

~~Mary~ Project Coordinator

On 22 Sep 2018 at 17:49 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:


...Continued suggestions for your Pre-1700's ancestors.

For Storrs ancestors: Connecticut; the Nova Scotia Project covering 1713 forward, Leader is Erin Breen (a subproject of Canadian_History) which covers 1713 forward, For ancestors earlier than this, check Acadians Project. Leaders- Jacqueline Girouard, Lianne Lavoie; and Newfoundland Project (part of The Canada_Project) for Oldford ancestors: . Click the links to read how to join.

Mary ~ Pre-1700's Greeter

PS If "Page Not Found" error occurs in your email, check the comments on your page for this message.

On 22 Sep 2018 at 17:35 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Chris, Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, thus coordinating with others is essential. To learn more about joining the community How To #3 and Project FAQ.

This project seems to fit your Bartlett ancestors: Massachusetts, Leader-Ellen Smith. Click the link to read how to join.

Or use the Pre-1700 Projects list. Join those which are a good fit.

For your questions, just ask on my page!

Mary ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS If "Page Not Found" error occurs in your email, check the comments on your page for this message.

On 1 Sep 2018 at 14:39 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Thank you, Chris. You are very kind! I look forward to sourcing with Nor'Easters!

On 20 Aug 2018 at 19:47 GMT Elizabeth Winter wrote:

Thanks for your congrats on being Member of the Week. But holy cow! The links are messed up! I can't fix it:

On 9 Aug 2018 at 20:52 GMT World Redmond wrote:

Hello Chris I am sharing information (and hope you can help) about the REDMOND Gathering May 1-6 2019 at Loftus Hall in Co. Wexford Ireland.

On 29 Jul 2018 at 21:10 GMT G. R. (Queen) Hoppe wrote:

Hi Chris,

Wiki says we are 10th cousins twice removed, both descendants of Roger Buswell, and Margaret Buswell.

Glad to "meet" you. Happy hunting!

Gloria aka G.R. Queen (queen-1913) Confident back to 1634

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Queen Victoria Chris is 20 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 24 degrees from Katy Jurado and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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