Military Repatriation

No One Left Behind

Southern Genealogist, llc is honored

to be working with the Past Conflict Repatriations Branch (PCRB) 

of the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division, United States Army Human Resources Command. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is the agency that oversees the effort to account for all missing personnel.

PCRB maintains case files for unaccounted-for Soldiers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. For statistics on the number of unaccounted-for Soldiers, click here. Profiles of unaccounted-for Soldiers may be found here. So far in 2017, more than 150 Soldiers have been accounted for and returned to their families. You can see them here.

Southern Genealogist, llc works to identify and locate the two closest living next of kin of these missing soldiers. We also identify family members eligible to donate DNA Family Reference Samples (FRS) to aid in the identification of recovered remains. We identify three mitochondrial DNA donors and one yDNA donor. In some cases we also identify close family (siblings, children) that can donate autosomal DNA. Sometimes a soldier has living siblings or nieces and nephews. In other cases, the Soldier’s ancestors must be researched back into the 1800’s and then traced forward to living distant cousins. The research and report is held in the strictest confidence.

Our Team

Lori Cook-Folger, CGLori Cook-Folger, CG

Lori is the owner of Southern Genealogist, llc, and holds the Certified Genealogist® credential. She has been researching since 1984, and specializes in research in the Southern states, some Midwest research, and DNA. She is a published author and enjoys piecing together clues left behind to preserve family histories.


Yvonne Mashburn-Schmidt, CG

Yvonne is a Certified Genealogist® a native Georgian and owner of The Georgia Genealogist, Inc. She mentors Genetic Genealogy Study Groups and gives workshops and presentations on genealogical research methodology and Genetic Genealogy. She is a published author and became an advocate of Genetic Genealogy when she successfully solved the identity of her biological parentage using DNA.

If you have been contacted by a member of our research team and need to ask about or offer additional information, please use the contact information we left in our message to you or use the Contact tab above. Please reference the Case Number for the soldier.

Department of the Army—Past Conflict Repatriations Branch
(800) 892-2490