Christian Isaac Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970s.
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Profile last modified | Created 3 Jan 2008 | Last significant change: 17 Mar 2018
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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.

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 17 Mar 2018 at 16:17 GMT Howard Rankin Jr wrote:

Good morning, cousin Chris. Since you are the founder of Wikitree, I don't have to tell you how we are related. You, probably, know the connection between you and I. If not,I will clue you in later.

On 5 Mar 2018 at 10:31 GMT Kathleen (Rogan) Foster wrote:

Hello Chris, this is the result of my wikitree check between myself and your profile. Chris and Kathleen are 11th cousins once removed

Chris Whitten and Kathleen (Rogan) Foster are both descendants of Samuel Wright Sr.. Am hoping to do dna ...shortly.

On 17 Feb 2018 at 20:47 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:

re: typo

Thanks Chris for fixing my typo and on the compliment for the profile. :-)

On 3 Feb 2018 at 00:21 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:

Thank you for the corrections to profiles of my family.Fanny Castell's profile could do with a revamp.

They don't form any part of the background to my answer though. I now feel I need to provide references. I am PM to few so they are hard to find. note what little was on the profile before. perhaps I disconnected him after trying, to get some collaboration for 18months. The purported family are here ( if anyone wanted to improve the formatting, great!) My freespace list, has some of the wills I transcribed + some of my attempts at sorting muddled lineages. Collaborating with others is good but it's disheartening when there isn't any respons

On 27 Jan 2018 at 18:37 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:

Hi cousin

On 26 Jan 2018 at 11:23 GMT Steve Bartlett wrote:


The current discussion on pre-1700 seems to be ignoring British researchers. If you look at the Category Ugborough, Devon you will see that I have created all the profiles. I have done this through assiduous work with The original Ugborough Parish record, verifying that the transcriptions were correct. Can you please make sure that people like me have their voices heard. The clamour seems to be ignoring us.

On 22 Jan 2018 at 16:45 GMT David Douglass wrote:

Hi Chris

Thank you for the kind comment you left on my profile. My mentor was the one and only Robin Lee. Although I have been a Wikitree member for almost three years I still turn to Robin for advice. She is someone who many Wikitreers have had positive contact with in her capacity as a Leader and Mentor. Wikitree is better for having her as a member, Leader and Mentor. The volunteers who give of their time as Mentors have one of the most important positions in Wikitree.

On 4 Jan 2018 at 23:08 GMT Martha Garrett wrote:

Hi Chris,

we are related....if you are the Chris that works for WiKI Tree Chris and Martha are 11th cousins once removed.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 20:00 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 16 Dec 2017 at 19:54 GMT Juan Gonzales wrote:


This site is the best one around for finding your roots. Turns out we are third cousins once removed. I found out last year my root were with the Herring surname not Gonzales. The thing you find out with DNA. Great job

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Queen Elizabeth II Chris is 18 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 19 degrees from Lance Martin, 30 degrees from Oscar Wilde and 21 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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