Chris WhittenHonor Code Signatory
Signed 1 Jan 2011 | 68,690 contributions | 4,353 thank-yous | 3,046 connections
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 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 announce and sell new books. The email 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 the 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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Chris is 20 degrees from Katherine Swynford, 14 degrees from Renée Breau, 15 degrees from Jane Coles, 35 degrees from Gothfraid Of Lochlann, 34 degrees from Ocaan Ro, 17 degrees from Michele Sauvagie, 15 degrees from Catherine Strutt, 16 degrees from John Thorpe, 42 degrees from Charibert von Neustria, 25 degrees from Katharina von Pfannberg and 20 degrees from Betsy Ko on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.
Categories: WikiTree Team | Fitchburg, Massachusetts | WikiTree Day Attendees
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Thank you so much for WikiTree. Hope (Tillman-416)
Thank you for developing Wikitree!! It is definitely a source of enjoyment for me as I work on my family tree. I found you as i was working on DNA confirmation. I want to get the hang of confirming and posting the confirmation. As I was working through the example, I found my way to your profile and b4 I realized you were the "Head Honcho", I checked to see if we were related, and YES. we are! 11th Cousins. It is official now, you definitely have one and probably many more Southern Cousins. Thank you so much for all the resources on this site and the camaraderie established with the process. Congrats on a job well done! Your Cuz, Jenny Capell-224 Campbell
Sincerely, your newest 12th or 13th (we've got a few paths) cousin! :)
Your response to a question brought me here to your profile. Laissez Faire Books looked very familiar. I see that it was before "the web" about four years into my online experience (starting with Prodigy, then access at university not long after).
I haven't done much investigating of relationships with fellow Wikitreers except a friend, and someone I don't know. Was surprise to be related both times. So I checked at your page too. Uh huh. Related distantly - 11th cousins through our mothers, via two daughters of Matthew Marvin.
I think I must check relationships with Wikitreers more often, lol. Don't have DNA results to post yet or would have probably done more investigating of connections. It is always surprising and interesting to connect to contemporaries, and people from the past!
Best of all I thrive on doing the online research to find documentation - and love contributing to Wikitree in every way I can. It is a blessing to have so many people in one collaborative space who are willing and able to create the quality we all want to see throughout Wikitree.
Again, thanks for being you; doing what you do.
And, once more, we are non-cousins!
Does DNAportal replace GEDmatch? Does it do LivingDNA data?
One neat thing about GEDmatch is that it processed a couple of DNA merge files I built using DNAkitstudio to merge ancestry and LivingDNA data.
I thought LivingDna being an oddball from others could offer wider coverage, but that has drawbacks. One disappointing thing about myheritage is that when I originally signed up they offered livingDNA uploads. They made excuses for many months saying just wait a few weeks then after about 6 months they said it was no longer supported.
I liked livingDNA because of their abbreviated Y and mtDNA at no extra cost. Two of my major brickwalls involved my Y and mtDNA lines, but neither Y nor mtDNA has been useful. My paternal line brickwall was breached via autosomal matches involving illegitimacy. My mtDNA is only 2% or less of Ireland population, but that has not helped yet.
WikiTree is an amazing site, though I'm still a newbie, there is so much information here to learn from! Thanks so much!!
Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!
And while I am here, allow me to also thank you for your leadership.
Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team
Chris and Greta are 11th cousins. Chris Whitten and Greta Moody are both descendants of William Allen.
Just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying the new member greeting processes! Not only is it easier for guests and new members but it makes the job of greeter even better. The info that new members add to their profiles helps us greeters to tailor our message and point the new member in the direction of info and tips that our customized to their interests!
Thanks for helping to bring in this improvement!
Peggy W ~ WikiTree Greeter
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I would like to thank you for WikiTree. It is such an innovative concept. I have been using it for over two years, and certainly appreciate all the planning and work involved in its creation. Great idea! Thank you, so much! Regards, Ali
John Williams ~ WikiTree Greeter
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Thank you, Dorothy Mathis Vance (Mathis-410)
Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 300!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!
Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team
We are 8th cousins through Henry Baldwin of Woburn. I cleaned up his profile about 2 months ago and am working on tracing the FTDNA Baldwin name back to common ancestor Richard Baldwin. My colleagues and I hope to get this published and then add the Connecticut and Massachusetts lines back to Aston-Clinton. Thanks for all you do. Carol (Baldwin-3428)
My Late husband Walter Pack and you are
Walter and Chris are 13th cousins once removed sharing the same great grandparent Thomas Wright. Amazing.
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The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!
Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member
Henry Cobb 1607 is my 10th great grandfather, so we are 11th cousins. I have tested with Ancestry, and 23andMe. I have a tree in the works in Ancestry...The Richard Carlton Jackson Family Tree. It is definitely a tree in the works as I was not raised by my bio dad and he never knew who his father was and there was a slight question of who his mother was...my DNA proved that. Thank you for this site!
We're 10th cousins, once removed via Mary Rainsford among others! We share Alden/Mullins DNA too! Kelly (Holtz) Stamper (Holtz-78)
My Whitten line is from Pennsylvania I think. I'm having a hard time finding the parents of my 3rd great-grandfather, Joseph Whitten of Oil City, PA. If you have any knowledge of my line I'd love to hear it!
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