Melanie Frick, MLS, has been an avid genealogist since childhood. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Iowa State University. Melanie has attended the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, as well as numerous genealogy conferences. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. A former librarian, she is also a former editor of the APG eNews and served on the board of the NextGen Genealogy Network. Melanie, an Iowa native, resides in Washington state.