Inmates Use FamilySearch to Index Names

SALT LAKE CITY — Inside county jails across Utah, Arizona and Idaho, nearly 2,300 inmates voluntarily meet as family history indexing teams to help organize genealogical records around the world.

Using FamilySearch.org, the inmates view digital images of the genealogical records and enter the data into a document, which is then compiled into a searchable index and made available for public use, according to a news release.

Computers and software are provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and although firewalls prohibit direct access to the Internet, prisoners are able to access microfilms and flash drives to obtain the documents.

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