A former nurse, Kristen attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She will be enrolling in the Genealogical Research program online at Boston University for their Summer session as she continues to work towards certification and accreditation as a professional genealogist.
An entrepreneur, she is the owner of Tar Heel Genealogical Services, a genealogical research firm based in Eastern North Carolina, and co-owner of A & L Body Shop and RentGo Rent-A-Car in Kinston.
She does volunteer work transcribing historical documents and cemetery photography and cataloging for a local genealogical society.
Genealogy melds together many of Kristen’s interest – writing, history, research, and most importantly, family. As the mother of six, she appreciates the importance of maintaining a sense of family through genealogy.
She is also an amateur sketch artist whose preferred medium is graphite. She has recently begun learning new techniques with colored pencil as well as pastels.
Kristen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state genealogical societies, as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
She has chosen to use a weblog to share her genealogical journey with her family and friends.