Melanie Frick, MLS, has been an avid genealogist since childhood. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Iowa State University. She has attended the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and 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 four years on the board of the NextGen Genealogy Network. An Iowa native with deep roots in the Midwest, Melanie lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter.