3 Oct 2012: WikiTree.com 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 tree.
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, WikiTree.com 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 http://www.WikiTree.com.
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