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Yvonne Mashburn Schmidt, CG®

Yvonne owns The Georgia Genealogist, Inc. She holds Boston University's Certificate of Genealogical Research, the Certified Genealogist® credential awarded by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, and the Certificate of Investigative Genetic Genealogy from Ramapo College, NJ.


Her work focuses on Georgia and Deep South Research, Genetic Genealogy, and Forensic Genealogy. She works with the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, U.S. Army Past Conflicts Repatriations Branch and accepts individual client, law enforcement, and legal projects. IGG combines traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy to provide investigative leads to law enforcement agencies in cases involving violent crime and unidentified human remains. 

She's a native Georgian and resides in Vidalia, GA, about 90 miles from Savannah, with husband Rus and 3 sons and their families.

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Rus Schmidt

Rus is a retired school administrator and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degrees from Murray State University with majors 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 Minors in Educational Leadership and Art. He also completed work toward a Doctorate (ABD) in Educational Administration and Planning at the University of Alabama. Before retiring, he worked almost 50 years in the public school systems of Alabama and Georgia as a high school administrator and middle school art teacher.


Lori Cook-Folger, CG®

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. Lori's company and Yvonne's company. partner to work with the DPAA project.

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Emilie Mulkey

Emilie is Yvonne's and Rus' granddaughter and has worked part time with TGG since her high school years. She is an alumnus of Georgia Tech and graduated with a BSBA and dual majors in International Affairs with a concentration in European Affairs and the Transatlantic Relationship with a concentration in Strategy and Innovation. 

She is a Senior Strategy Analyst in D.C. for a well-known global firm specializing in information technology services and consulting, She enjoys real crime podcasts and is engaged to be married in 2024 to a great guy who is also a Tech graduate and currently attending law school at Georgetown University.

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