WikiTree Widgets for Your Blog or Website

[Editor’s note: the following press release was received from Elyse Doerflinger who is the WikiTree Evangelist at WikiTree]

WikiTree is announcing the new release of participation widgets that can be used on any website or blog.  The WikiTree Widgets can be used to display a live update of your latest contributions, uploads, and edits to the worldwide wiki family tree.

The widgets were developed in collaboration with Thomas MacEntee and the GeneaBloggers community. A half dozen designs were selected to represent the community’s choices for content, layout, dimensions, and colors.

wikitree widget

You can view the WikiTree Widgets, see live examples, view privacy details, and get directions for installing them on your blog or website at

About WikiTree: WikiTree’s mission is to create a rich worldwide family tree resource by striking the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy. It gives families a free and easy way to privately share information and organize their facts, memories, and photos. At the same time, it enables distant relatives and strangers to grow a worldwide family tree and create a valuable resource for future historians. WikiTree was started in 2008 by Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiAnswers – one of the top 50 websites in the US. Content on WikiTree is owned and edited by its contributors. Join the free community at

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Disclosure statement: I have no material contacts with WikiTree or its creator, Chris Whitten. To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

10 thoughts on “WikiTree Widgets for Your Blog or Website

  1. Hi Jenn

    I do like WikiTree because of the way it handles privacy for living individuals or for those whose profile you just want to lock down. Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiTree, has put a lot of thought into that aspect and he also constantly is asking the community for their input.

  2. Hey Thomas! Thank you so much for posting this – we are really excited about these widgets.

    Jenn – I love WikiTree because I really see how it is different from the other free family tree building websites. Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiTree and my boss, treats WikiTree like his baby. He is very passionate about creating a family tree environment that is collaborative but also gives privacy controls. He is innovative and creative, but he also listens to the needs of genealogists. He genuinely cares about what the genealogy community has to say about WikiTree. I would really suggest that you try WikiTree out for yourself. Then tell us what you like and dislike about WikiTree (via email:, via Twitter: @WikiTreeOnline, or via Facebook: We’d love to hear what you have to say.

  3. Thank you, Thomas, and to everyone who posted and retweeted. We really appreciate it!

    Jenn, if there are any questions I can answer for you don’t hesitate to ask.

    And if anyone has questions about the widgets I’d be more than happy to help in any way.

    Holiday Cheers,

    Chris Whitten
    WikiTree Webmaster

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