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Janice M. Scott

Age: 46

Hometown: Springfield, Va., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"She frequently visited the National Archives in D.C., and took a one-week trip with her youngest sister from Columbia, [S.C.,] to Mississippi and Memphis last year. Her family originated in Mississippi; her ancestors were slaves there and migrated after the Civil War. Janice went online and was able to obtain birth certificates through the State Vital Statistics Department. She also went to Milwaukee to collect pictures from her mother. There was a reunion the first weekend in August in Atlanta--the Brock-Hall family reunion. There were about 70 family members. She made a duplicate copy of the tree and gave it to each of the children." --Abraham Scott, husband

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Janice M. Scott, the family genealogist, drove around the South for a week this summer tracing her ancestral roots.

The 46-year-old Army budget analyst picked up her sister Darlene in Columbia, S.C., and they headed for Grenada, Miss., and then Memphis. They combed library archives, collected photographs and interviewed people who knew the Scott family's history.

"She was able to go back as far as the slavery days, four or five generations," said her husband, Abraham Scott, from the family's Springfield home. "She was curious and wanted to know her grandmother and great-grandmother and who their children were. And once she started doing it, she just became overwhelmed with joy and excitement."

When 70-some members of the family held a reunion in Atlanta last month, Scott, herself a mother of two, made a genealogy chart and put it up in the hotel. She gave everyone copies.

"She wanted our children and their children to know where their roots are," said Abraham Scott, a budget analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Janice Scott, who had worked at the Pentagon since the late 1980s, was relocated last month to Room 471, First Floor, E Ring -- the area destroyed by hijacked Flight 77.

The Scotts, who have two daughters -- Crystal Marie, 23, and Angel Marie, 15 -- were to celebrate their 25th anniversary in December.

-- Jennifer Lenhart

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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