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 on the board of the NextGen Genealogy Network. Melanie, an Iowa native, resides in Washington state.