The Team

Mashburn Schmidt

Certified Genealogist®

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Rus Schmidt

Assistant Genealogist

Yvonne is a native Georgian who grew up in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains in Bartow County, GA. She retired from the insurance industry as a partner in a P&C agency. After retirement she decided to pursue a more formal education in genealogy, which had been her hobby. She holds Boston University's Certificate of Genealogical Research and the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. She is the owner of The Georgia Genealogist, Inc. She and her husband Rus live in south central Georgia, surrounded by descendants.  

Yvonne worked with the Bartow History Museum and Archives, Cartersville, Ga., to access their vertical file records and the historical and genealogical value of information they contained. This assessment was included as part of a grant application to the Competitive Digitization Grant offered by the Digital Library of Georgia. The grant was successful and awarded in August 2019, to the Museum and Archives. Going forward, the written assessment will be used as an example for future grant applications. Read more about the awarded grant here:

In 2020, Yvonne was named one of Bartow's Most Notable Women, an honor given to a group of women "who have made an impact on Bartow County and beyond dating back to the early 1800s through the present."

Yvonne's interest in Genetic Genealogy began when she discovered she had a misattributed parentage which she solved. Much of her work concentrates on use of Genetic Genealogy to resolve brick walls and prove kinships.

Please contact Yvonne for her resume.

Rus is a retired school administrator and educator. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Murray State University with a major in English and History and a Minor in Art. He holds a M.Ed from the University of Montevallo with a Major in Secondary Education and Minor in Educational Leadership and Art. Additionally, he completed work toward a Doctorate (ABD) in Educational Administration and Planning at the University of Alabama.

Lori Cook-Folger

Certified Genealogist®

Lori is the owner of Southern Genealogist, llc. and has been researching since 1984. An old photograph where someone had written on the back, “Remember me–tho my face you can not see,” spurred her interest. Lori wanted to know who the woman was, and she wanted to remember her! 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.

Lori holds the Certified Genealogist® (CG) credential. Her background is in Southern research and some Midwest research. She and Yvonne partner to work with the US Army PCRB'S Military Repatriation Project.

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