Christian Isaac Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Mr. Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970s.
Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
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Categories: WikiTree Team | Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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

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 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.

DNA Tested
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, Mitosearch D3D3Z, FTDNA kit #124309
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Chris:

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On 22 Oct 2016 at 04:38 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote:

Thanks Chris. glad we are now using https!

On 21 Oct 2016 at 15:04 GMT John Vickery IV wrote:

Cousin, thank you for making WikiTree https . JPV IV :)

On 4 Oct 2016 at 18:23 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:

Chris and Charlotte are 12th cousins! Great seeing you in the hangouts this weekend. The Source-a-thon was a blast!

On 4 Oct 2016 at 15:39 GMT Nancy Schlegel wrote:

Sorry, family emergency over weekend, resolved about noon Pacific yesterday - then I just couldn't sit still & focus. Didn't realize this wasn't just an individual event, so sorry not to contribute to team standings - but towards overall goal of improving sourcing on Wikitree, I'd started fixing over Labor Day on people I'd created, and will continue those, plus my friend's, in the next few weeks.

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:

Sorry I wasn't able to help with the Source-a-thon. To many things going on.

On 4 Oct 2016 at 00:56 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:

Thank you! You are the winners! Source_a_Thon 2016

On 2 Oct 2016 at 19:31 GMT Kristen (Laus) Humphrey wrote:

Hi-I am so sorry but i am unexpectedly out of town and dont have access to a computer to participate in the source-a-thon....just my phone. Good luck!

On 25 Aug 2016 at 17:23 GMT Sunny (Trimbee) Clark wrote:

Just 20th cousins, yet the DNA seems apparent in our professions :)

Thanks for WikiTree... well done!

On 17 Aug 2016 at 16:01 GMT Elizabeth (Shaw) Joslin wrote:

hi chris we are 10th cousins. nice to meet you cuz. hagd tks. elizabeth shaw joslin we have 21 ancesters in common.

On 14 Jul 2016 at 16:43 GMT Anthony Clancy wrote:


Havelock was the father of Sarah Josephine (1907-1990) who was married to my 2nd great uncle Joseph Roger Enos (1900-1980).

Regards, Anthony

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Queen Elizabeth II Chris is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 30 degrees from Bob Dylan, 23 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 21 degrees from Michael Phelps and 21 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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