Southern Genealogist, llc is a woman owned small business located in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Originally formed in North Carolina on 18 June 2015 and moved to South Carolina on 21 September 2020. The owner, Lori Cook-Folger, CG®, holds the Certified Genealogist credential awarded by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has been credentialed since 2015, certificate no. 1064. We work with the U.S. Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch (Army Casualty & Mortuary Affairs Operations Division, CMAOD) to locate next of kin and DNA-eligible living relatives of unaccounted for personnel.

Lori is the only Certified Genealogist in the South Carolina Lowcountry and one of only two in the state. Board certification assures the client that they are retaining an ethical and professional genealogist who adheres to the highest industry standards. This credential is earned by submitting a portfolio of work to be judged by three independent judges. The portfolio is evaluated for documentation, research, writing, and adherence to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Each year Lori attends weeklong institutes on advanced methods as well as online courses to keep up-to-date with the industry. Her background is in Southern research and her work with the Army has expanded her knowledge across the United States.






The words Certified Genealogist and letters CG are registered certification marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations. Certificate No. 1064, expires 17 August 2025.


American Genealogy: Home Study Course:   National Genealogical Society—May 2011–January 2012

Certificate in Genealogical Research:   Boston University—January–May 2012

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed):—July 2021

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP):   LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Tackling Tough Research Problems—June 2022
  • Women and Children First!—June 20202
  • Elements of Genealogical Writing, Editing, and Publishing—July 2019
  • In-Depth Sources for U.S. Military Research—June 2018
  • Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State—July 2015
  • Practical Genetic Genealogy—July 2014

Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR):  Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (now moved to Athens, Georgia)

  • Metes & Bounds & Land Plats—June 2016
  • Research in the South: The Colonies of the South—June 2015
  • Virginia: Her Records and Her Laws—June 2014
  • The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them—June 2013
  • Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis—June 2012

ProGen Study Group:   March 2014–August 2015

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):   Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence–Research Strategies—January 2020
  • Advances Evidence Analysis Practicum —Fall 2019
  • Writing a Quality Family Narrative—January 2019
  • Exploring Quaker Records—January 2018
  • Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work—January 2017
  • Solving Problems Like A Professional—January 2016
  • Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques—January 2015
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum—January 2014
  • Researching in Washington DC Without Leaving Home—January 2013

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

  • Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents—May 2017
  • Writing Logical Proof Arguments—November 2014
  • Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists—November 2015