Military Repatriation


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. [To access PCRB website click here and search for “PCRB.” You may receive a security notification message—it is safe to continue to HRC’s website.] The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is the agency that oversees the effort to account for all missing personnel. DPAA maintains case files for unaccounted-for personnel from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other conflicts. Profiles of unaccounted-for may be found here. There are still over 81,000 missing.

A good article on underwater recovery can be read 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.

When all these unaccounted for soldiers are identified, our Country should never have another unknown soldier. Current military are all DNA tested for identification purposes if needed.

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” —President Harry S. Truman


“Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”


Our Research Team



Lori Cook-Folger, CG

Lori is the owner of Southern Genealogist, llc, a woman owned small business located in the South Carolina Lowcountry. She holds the Certified Genealogist® credential awarded by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, credentialed since 2015. 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.


Yvonne Mashburn-Schmidt, CG

Yvonne, Certified Genealogist®, is 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.


Clarise Soper, CG

Clarise has been conducting genealogical research for over 30 years and is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.® She specializes in the states of Mississippi and Alabama as well as forensic and genetic genealogy. Clarise, a published author, frequently gives presentations at genealogical and historical societies on repatriation of MIA/POW soldiers and other topics.



If you or any member of your family is concerned about the validity of our phone call, please call the toll-free number below to verify our identity and the reason for our call to you. Please refer to Southern Genealogist, llc.

Department of the Army 
Past Conflicts AHRC-PDC-R 
1600 Spearhead Div. Ave, Dept. 450 
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405 
(800) 892-2490*

*Covid-19 has resulted in case managers working from home. You will have to leave a message (including the soldier’s name and case number) at this number, and a case manager will return your call. 

IMAGE CREDIT: “Tomb of Unknown Soldier,” FreeImages ( : accessed 3 March 2018), item 1315025, Sara Moses; used under license.