​​​​Professional Genealogist

About

Genealogical Education​​

  • 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 (The Legal Genealogist) 
  • 2015 National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Louis, Missouri 
  • 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
  • 2013 National Genealogical Society Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Birmingham, Alabama 


Kristin works daily to hone her research skills as a professional genealogist through numerous webinars and lectures, too numerous to list, as they become available. 



​Genealogical ​Memberships 

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
APG, Georgia Chapter 

National Genealogical Society (NGS)
Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS), Past Publicity Director (2016-2018)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP)
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B)
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR),  Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter
NGSQ Study Group (5 years)

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).

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 institution in the United States. (ighr.gagensociety.org) 


Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Kristin grew up moving around the East

Coast of the United States. She has colonial roots in Pennsylvania, New

York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts––her immigrant ancestors came from Germany,

Switzerland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Kristin currently lives just

outside of Atlanta, Georgia, convenient to the Georgia Archives and the

National Archives at Atlanta, NARA’s Southeastern Division. She earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies and Economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and spent a semester abroad immersed in Chinese Studies at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.  She has been passionately chasing and analyzing the evidence of her ancestors’ lives for 20 years.


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