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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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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 Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch D3D3Z, FTDNA kit #124309
- Keith Whitten : Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch EDB58, FTDNA kit #502535
- Chris Whitten: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1, haplogroup U5, Mitosearch D3D3Z, FTDNA kit #124309
- Chris Whitten: 23andMe + AncestryDNA, GEDMatch A820770, Ancestry member ciwhitten + Family Tree DNA Family Finder, FTDNA kit #330041
- Ted (Whitten) Whittenkraus : 23andMe
- Becky (Nally) Syphers : 23andMe
- Glenn Legge : 23andMe
- Hollis Bartlett : AncestryDNA, Ancestry member hbartlett72814
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On 6 Dec 2016 at 18:54 GMT Kathy (Stuewe) Zipperer wrote:
On 19 Nov 2016 at 23:24 GMT Cynthia Edgemon wrote:
On 22 Oct 2016 at 04:38 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote:
On 21 Oct 2016 at 15:04 GMT John Vickery IV wrote:
On 4 Oct 2016 at 18:23 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:
On 4 Oct 2016 at 15:39 GMT Nancy Schlegel wrote:
But right now, I need to go move a bit more, & talk to friends a bit more, to finish decompressing, before any hope of sit still & focus stuff.
The Source-a-thon looked to be great fun! and hopefully also added sources to many previously-unsourced profiles!
On 4 Oct 2016 at 01:21 GMT Ralph Willing Jr. wrote:
On 4 Oct 2016 at 00:56 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:
On 2 Oct 2016 at 19:31 GMT Kristen (Laus) Humphrey wrote:
On 25 Aug 2016 at 17:23 GMT Sunny (Trimbee) Clark wrote:
Thanks for WikiTree... well done!