Kristin is an Advanced Researcher with over a decade of experience working as a professional genealogist on projects across North America. She is an expert in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania research. She previously worked in Archival Digitization and enjoys using digital collections to tell the stories of our ancestors’ lives.
Education and Training:
Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, where she completed her master’s project: Where are the Ladies’ Rest Rooms? The Evolution of Women-Only Resting Rooms Amid Social Changes of the Early Twentieth Century. She was awarded the 2012 University of Maryland Historic Preservation Directors Award and the Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award for this paper.
Kristin specialized in North American researching including pre and post-Colonial New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, crafting narrative biographies using non-standard genealogy sources, lineages society applications, specifically Sons of the American Revolution, Daughter of the American Revolution, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Kristin joined Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2021 and is an Advanced Researcher on the United States research team.
She was formerly the Digital Collections Coordinator within the University of Pittsburgh’s Library System, where she was responsible for managing the university’s digital collections, including HistoricPittsburgh.org. Previously she was the Manager of Rights and Digital Collections at the Andy Warhol Museum, where she was responsible for digitizing over half a million art and archival objects.
Before joining the Warhol, she worked as a researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in the Research Services department. As a staff researcher, she was a co-author for the Tracing Your Roots column on Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s culture website, The Root. Prior to working at NEHGS, she was an Archival Digitization Specialist for Ancestry.com, where she digitized the Twentieth Century Massachusetts Vital Record Indexes.
In 2020 she was appointed a Director at Large for the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and she is the chair of the society’s Website Committee and assists with the society’s digitization of Allegheny County records.
She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the city her ancestors immigrated to from Slovakia over 100 years earlier. She is passionate about making archival records more accessible through and using technology to discover and preserve the stories of our ancestors for future generations. When she is not doing genealogy, you can find her spending time with her family, running, sewing, or walking her dog.Education and Training
In 2019, she obtained a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. and began her career with Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2020 after her DNA internship with the DNA research team.
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