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Chris is the founder and CEO of this website, WikiTree.
You can e-mail chris@ (wikitree.com). However, if you have questions, please first see How_to_use_WikiTree and the WikiTree Help section. If you don't quickly find your answer there, post on our Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. If it's a question that needs to be private contact the WikiTree Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Amazon.com 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 libertarian.org, ifeminists.com 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 Answers.com.
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 Answers.com 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.
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On 19 Apr 2017 at 14:25 GMT Nanette (Gahn) Pezzutti wrote:
On 11 Mar 2017 at 00:13 GMT Julie Smith wrote:
Regards, Julie S.
On 8 Mar 2017 at 20:25 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:
On 18 Jan 2017 at 17:40 GMT Debi (Moseley) Matlack wrote:
Regarding Dauphinee-11, I'm so used to there being multiple spellings of my own maiden name (Moseley/Mosley/Mosely/Maudsley/Molesley, ad infinitum) that I may have just picked on and gone with it. I will do a search and see if I can find documentation stating accent or none, just to be sure.
On 27 Dec 2016 at 14:19 GMT Paula J wrote:
The new changes to the location field have solved all the problems for iPhone entry and also have the benefit of standardizing the Southern Colonies entries. Thank you so much!!
On 16 Dec 2016 at 16:00 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:
On 10 Dec 2016 at 00:34 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:
|Chris Whitten is a Wonderful WikiTreer.|
On 6 Dec 2016 at 18:54 GMT Kathy (Stuewe) Zipperer wrote:
On 19 Nov 2016 at 23:24 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:
On 22 Oct 2016 at 04:38 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote: