About Me


Lori Cook-Folger began her genealogy research like most people, as a self-taught hobby. She began asking family members questions in 1984, received several pages of information from a great aunt soon after, and the excitement began. 

A photograph in her mother’s collection of a woman sparked curiosity. Her identity was unknown and she had written on the back “Remember me— tho my face you can not see.” Nearly twenty years would pass before a first cousin twice removed identified the woman as her grandmother.

Lori loves to piece together the details that make up a person’s life. All of our ancestors left clues to their everyday life in the records and photos they created.

In 2011, Lori began her genealogical education to improve her skills and in 2015 earned the Certified Genealogist® credential. This credential is earned by submitting a portfolio of work to be evaluated by three independent judges. The portfolio is evaluated for documentation, research, writing, and the 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 some Midwest research. She is the owner of Southern Genealogist, llc and researches unaccounted for WWII soldiers for the U.S. Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. More information here.





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 2020.

Lori’s Genealogical Education

Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR)
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (now in 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

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

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
   •  In-Depth Sources for U.S. Military Research, June 2018
   •  Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State, July 2015
   •  Practical Genetic Genealogy, July 2014

ProGen Study Group, March 2014–August 2015

Association of Professional Genealogists
Professional Management Conference, 2014–2015

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
   •  Writing Logical Proof Arguments, November 2014
   •  Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists, November 2015

Certificate in Genealogical Research
Boston University
January 2012 – May 2012

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