About

​​​​Professional Genealogist


​Genealogical ​Memberships 

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) 

National Genealogical Society (NGS)
Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS), Current Board Member
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR),  Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter

Kristin holds paid subscriptions to many online databases and has established a working network of fellow professional genealogists across the United States and abroad. She strives to uphold the guidelines and ethics of the genealogy community as set forth by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Genealogical Resume

  • 2020 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Athens, Georgia, "Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents" with Patricia Wall Stamm, CG, CGL and Benjamin B. Spratling, J.D.
  • 2019 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Athens, Georgia, "Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA" with Patti Lee Hobbs, CG
  • 2018 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Salt Lake City, Utah. "Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum" with Angela Packer McGhie, CG     Recipient of 2017 AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship
  • 2018 National Genealogical Society Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Speaker)
  • ​2017 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Athens, Georgia. "Research in the South: Cessions & Territories" with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
  • 2016 National Genealogical Society Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Speaker)
  • 2016 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. "Land Records: Metes & Bounds & Land Plats" with Gerald H. Smith, CG
  • 2015 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” with Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL
  • 2014 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. “Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies” with Angela Packer McGhie, CG 
  • 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard” with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Kristin Harms

Owner and Principal Genealogist


Kristin Harms is the owner and princip​al genealogist of Relative Proof, LLC.

She was a scheduled speaker for the 2018 NGS conference held in Grand

Rapids, Michigan and a winner of the 2017 AncestryProGenealogists

Scholarship which allowed her to attend the 2018 Salt Lake Institute of

Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kristin is currently the Assistant

Director of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the

second oldest genealogy institute in the United States. (ighr.gagensociety.org) 


Kristin has colonial roots in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts––her immigrant ancestors came from Germany,Switzerland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. In addition to colonial research, Kristin specializes in research in the Southeastern United States, specifically Georgia. She lives just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, convenient to the Georgia Archives and the National Archives at Atlanta, NARA’s Southeastern Division. Kristin earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies and Economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and also studied at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. She has been chasing and analyzing the evidence of her own ancestors’ lives for more than 20 years.


Kristin and her husband have two children in college and several shelter dogs. For the past fifteen years Kristin has delivered the same Meals on Wheels route and is currently a sustaining member of National Charity League, Inc., Milton Chapter.