Chris is the founder and CEO of this website, WikiTree.
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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.
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On 6 Jul 2018 at 16:00 GMT E J (Narramore) Gooden wrote:
On 11 Jun 2018 at 13:51 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
Thanks for your message :) I am happy to help rewrite some of the help pages.
Looking forward to chatting with you about them :)
On 20 Apr 2018 at 18:06 GMT Dana (Dauphinee) Reale wrote:
On 8 Apr 2018 at 04:45 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:
On 24 Mar 2018 at 22:04 GMT Tina (Schoonover) Chase wrote:
I'm joining the Nor'easters in the Spring Clean-Athon. I'm excited. Also, apparently we're 10th cousins 1x removed through Stephen Flanders.
On 23 Mar 2018 at 15:28 GMT Chris Ferraiolo wrote:
I have ancestors who worked in the Haverhill mills, too. I'm surprised there isn't a study about Haverhill (And the greater Merrimack Valley).
Someone should get on that. LOL. Glad you liked the post, sir!
Oh! And apparently we are 9th Cousins! Makes sense given your Haverhill roots. We both go back to Ephriam Kimball.
On 17 Mar 2018 at 16:17 GMT Howard Rankin Jr wrote:
On 5 Mar 2018 at 10:31 GMT Kathleen (Rogan) Foster wrote:
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:
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:
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. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Kelway-4 note what little was on the profile before. perhaps https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-10307#n2151938. I disconnected him after trying, to get some collaboration for 18months. The purported family are here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-10308 ( 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