Thursday, October 4, 2012

WikiTree Reopens Member Registration

I received this press release today from Elyse Doerflinger, the WikiTree Evangelist (

WikiTree Reopens Member Registration

3 Oct 2012: is now inviting all genealogists and family historians to register for a free membership.

WikiTree closed registration in January 2012. This was done to give the WikiTree community
time to absorb the flood of information that had been added by people who registered for a free
membership and uploaded GEDCOMs, but did not take the time to integrate their genealogy
into the shared family tree that the WikiTree community is growing.

To help ensure that new members understand the mission and aren’t just taking advantage
of free services such as unlimited private family web pages and photos, the registration
process creates a temporary and limited Guest Membership. If the guest decides to make their
membership permanent they can either volunteer to participate in the community as a Wiki
Genealogist or they can ask if a Wiki Genealogist will help connect their family to the shared

Full membership at the Wiki Genealogist level requires signing the Wiki Genealogist Honor
Code. This simple, nine-point set of rules is the foundation of the community’s unique culture
of enjoyable and productive genealogical collaboration. It makes clear the importance of citing
sources, respecting copyrights, and maintaining privacy while still working on the common goal
of making genealogical information free and accessible.

All account levels, including unlimited Wiki Genealogist accounts, are free. WikiTree is
committed to growing a completely free shared family tree. For this reason, the full membership
needs to be limited to genealogists who share the same vision and understand the Honor Code.
About WikiTree: Growing since 2008, is a shared family tree website that
balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close
family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on
deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this
process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and
thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See

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