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 from Iowa State University. She has also attended the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Melanie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. She is a former editor of the APG eNews and serves on the board of the NextGen Genealogy Network. An Iowa native with deep roots in the Midwest, Melanie lives in Southern California.