Christian Isaac Whitten

Chris Whitten

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Chris I. Whitten
Born 1970s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
Account confirmed 26 Jul 2012 | Chris's 53993 contributions | 2938 thank-yous received
Whitten-1 created 3 Jan 2008 | Last modified | Last edit: 13 Sep 2017
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Categories: WikiTree Team | Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Chris is the founder and CEO of this website, WikiTree.

You can e-mail chris@ (wikitree.com). However, if you have questions, please first see How_to_use_WikiTree and the WikiTree Help section. If you don't quickly find your answer there, post on our Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. If it's a question that needs to be private contact the WikiTree Team at info@wikitree.com.

Biography

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 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.

Sources

  • 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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Followed Tags
Chris is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
IMPROVEMENTS
Some members use this tag in G2G to suggest improvements; it's not official.
LEGGE
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
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
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.
WHITTEN
My Whitten ancestors are from Maine. I think most New England Whittens are related, but southern Whittens may not be.
WIKITREE_LOVE
I do like to hear the nice things people say. :-)
WT_APPS
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:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Family Tree DNA.



Questions

Collaboration
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On 25 Aug 2017 at 22:55 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:

Dear Mr Whitten, I would like to ask if you can give me authorization for pre 1500? I have many profiles that are in need of attention that are prior to 1500. This would help immensely, with the many merges and clean up work that has to be done...

I thanks you in advance for your prompt attention Regards Darrell

On 10 Aug 2017 at 14:09 GMT Kay Sands wrote:

Chris - thanks for the great tool. It has been a great couple of weeks exploring the capabilities. We are 6th cousins twice removed, with an unknown confidence level.

On 10 Aug 2017 at 06:44 GMT Courtney Rodriguez wrote:

Hi Chris - according to the Relationship Finder, you and I are 8th cousins once removed...cool.

On 3 Aug 2017 at 06:57 GMT Christopher Odom wrote:

Hi, Chris! Through the relationship finder, I just discovered I am related to 4 WikiTree Leaders! Pretty exciting stuff!

You and I are 16th cousins through George Neville. We also show a ton more cousin connections through various ancestors! Glad to see we share a connection more than just an interest in genealogy.

On 27 Jul 2017 at 01:09 GMT Belinda Hume wrote:

You and I are 13th cousins!

On 21 Jul 2017 at 11:12 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Click the Tree to go to "Introductions"


New members are encouraged to introduce themselves in G2G.

I invite YOU to come meet them.

Say "hello" and welcome your newest cousins today!

On 20 Jul 2017 at 09:38 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

On 20 Jul 2017 at 02:29 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:

Hi Cousin; Andrew Warner is our common great grandfather

On 19 Jul 2017 at 17:26 GMT S. (Angell) Santos wrote:

Hi Chris! We are 9th cousins, twice removed through Jospeh Morse! Hello from Minnesota!

On 19 Apr 2017 at 14:25 GMT Nanette (Gahn) Pezzutti wrote:

Thank you, Chris, for spotting the B. Ludden duplicate. I'll have to get back to the book to see why his father's name doesn't match! Glad we are related. -NGP

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Queen Elizabeth II Chris is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 20 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 19 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 21 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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